Inspire Longevity ARDD 2021
The Student Ambassador Program
Would you like to be a prolific academic, pharmaceutical company executive, longevity physician, entrepreneur, or a government official? At ARDD you will be able to meet them in person or virtually, watch their presentations, and ask questions. It is also a great opportunity to present yourself and show initiative, ambition, and skill. And you can also meet your fellow students who have similar ambitions and questions to form long-lasting friendships and support groups.

To help nurture the next generation of biogerontologists from the very early years we are piloting the Student Ambassador Program called "Inspire Longevity".

Becoming a student ambassador for the ARDD Meeting is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with the leading academic and industrial researchers and practitioners in the area of Aging and Drug Discovery. The student ambassador program is also an excellent way of interacting with other students from all over the world and enjoy the ARDD sessions together.

Responsibilities
Working as a team during the conference preparation period
Social Media Marketing
Interviews with the speakers
Benefits
Free registration for the main meeting and / or conference workshops
A great opportunity to meet and talk about the research or your interests with academic and industrial researchers, as well as practitioners.
How do I become
a Student Ambassador
This year we are already set and excited to welcome our student ambassadors to the team. Next year the submission for the Student Ambassadors team will open in late March 2022, subscribe to our news or social networks and stay tuned!
Profiles of Students ARDD 2021
Harsehaj Dhami
I'm Harsehaj Dhami, a 16-year-old teenager, studying the connection between cancer and aging, and how this link can be used to find cancer treatment. In the past, I simulated and researched the role of mTOR pathways in aging and how Rapamycin can be improved. I also worked on developing aging clocks to detect biomarkers for aging. Another project I am working on is leveraging artificial intelligence and natural language processing to increase access to education for hearing-impaired children.
Nina Khera
I'm a teenager, interested in preventing aging-related diseases, especially those related to brain aging. In the past, I worked with companies like Alio on computation and web development projects. I also worked with the Gladyshev lab and the Adams lab on data analysis and machine learning-based projects.
Andrea Olsen
I'm a 16-year old student at Sevenoaks School (England). As a pursuing neurobiologist, longevity has definitely set its mark in not only my personal research, but also that of famous scientists, and I have felt a deep interest for longevity ever since it was introduced to me. My aim is to find out whether and how longevity can be addressed from the mind's and brain's perspective, to later provide people with this opportunity and enable them to live longer.
Profiles of Coordinators ARDD 2021
Maria Thaysen
I'm a Master Student of Molecular Biomedicine at the University of Copenhagen. I'm currently conducting research for my Master thesis in the Morten Scheibye-Knudsen lab. The primary goal of my thesis is to investigate an in vivo model of a premature aging disorder, in order to examine the physiological role of the disease causing gene. Overall, I'm interested in aging as it allows me to study the interplay between aging-associated neurological diseases and DNA metabolism. I joined this initiative because I would like to raise awareness and to show many different aspects of aging research.
Esther Meron
I am a Master Student studying Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Copenhagen. I am currently working in the Morten Scheibye-Knudsen lab, conducting research for my Master thesis investigating drugs as modulators of DNA damage response pathways. I've always been interested in studying diseases and the possibility of discovering new treatments. I got into aging research, having previously worked with various age-related disorders.
Choosing a Career in Aging Research and Longevity Medicine
Aging research is perhaps the most promising area of biotechnology as it may help create more of the most precious asset of any living being - more time in the healthy state. It is also the most complex and multifactorial biological process that holds many mysteries waiting to be uncovered. Why do some species live longer than others? Why do some people live longer than others? Why do we after we reach a certain age start losing many functions, decline, and die? Can we slow down or stop some, or all, of these degenerative processes? Can we track aging and correct the pathological processes before they turn into diseases? How far can we push the limits of our body functions with diet, sleep, and exercise? Can we do it with pharmacological interventions, regenerative medicine, gene therapy, nanotechnology? There are thousands of questions waiting to be answered and every answer is a rewarding experience.

Aging research is also one of the most altruistic endeavors anyone could undertake. A great doctor may see ten thousand patients during their lifetime and help them gain additional ten years of quality life each. That is one million years of quality life. If you find a way to cheaply add just one year of quality life for everyone on the planet, you generate almost eight billion quality life years. Your research may also be used in other highly-impactful areas of human development including space exploration and colonization. We need new technologies to ensure that people can live longer and survive in diverse environments.

In general, research papers in the biology of aging are cited more often than in many areas of basic science, and result in broader media coverage and public attention. With training in aging research, it is also possible to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or medical practice resulting in higher income. The venture capitalists realize the explosive potential of this emerging industry and will be funding more and more companies in this space resulting in shortage of qualified labor. And massive convergence of aging research with other areas of science like artificial intelligence and robotics, will result in even more jobs requiring deep knowledge of aging and longevity.

Since aging research is such a broad field, there are hundreds of alternative career paths to pursue for a highschool or an undergraduate student. The ARDD conference and the community around it provides a perfect platform to understand this field better, meet the top thought leaders in academia, industry, and venture capital all in one place.

It presents a unique opportunity to explore your academic, industry, or clinical career by learning from the top people in almost every area of aging research, meeting the founders of different startup companies and venture capitalists who think about how the industry is going to evolve in the future.
Diversity, Inclusion, Balance

At ARDD we are committed to equal opportunity, diversity, inclusion, and neutrality. We welcome all genders, races, and beliefs (even though we do believe in scientific evidence)