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Ageing occurs despite repair and defence mechanisms, says experts at a workshop in Oman.

Muscat: Ageing is not a disease; there are no ageing causing gerontogenes; and there is not an 'enemy within' our cells that causes ageing," said eminent biogerontologist, Dr. Suresh Rattan from Aarhus University, Denmark during the first plenary talk on "Healthy ageing, longevity and hormesis," at the second international workshop on food and neurocognitive diseases. The workshop was organised by the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition, College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences, and the Ageing and Dementia Research Group at the Sultan Qaboos University. Ageing occurs in spite of the presence of complex pathways of maintenance, repair and defence. A holistic understanding of ageing at the biological, sociological and psychological level is essential for maintaining health and for extending the health span of human beings," Dr. Rattan said. At the workshop held December 10, seven reputed scientists from Australia, the USA, Europe and India presented their work on food and neurocognitive diseases and gave an update on the effect of food on mental health. Presentations by students and faculty from the SQU focussed on the current status of traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases in Oman. Natural molecules Prof. Gilles G. Guillemin from Macquarie University, Australia, spoke about natural molecules, tryptophan metabolism and their applications in neuroprotection for brain diseases. Prof. Mohammed Akbar from the National Institute of Health, US, focussed on mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction and tissue injury in neurocognitive diseases. Dr. Prakasam Annamalai from the University of North Carolina, US, gave an overview of the role of nano-nutrition in improving the cognitive performance in Alzheimer's disease and reversing the age related degeneration. Ghazi Daradkeh from the Department of Food Science & Nutrition presented the findings of his research on nutritional status among traumatic brain injury population in Oman. Dr. S. Kalidas from Karunya University, India, spoke about marine functional foods and their effects on neurocognitive diseases. Dr. Qazi Hamed from RX Biosciences Limited, US spoke about the current trends in the rapidly evolving surface display technology which is a popular tool for protein engineering and library screening applications. Dr. Mohamed Essa, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition and Principal Investigator of the Ageing and Dementia Research Group, SQU introduced the guest speakers and gave an overview of the research group and its activities. Prof. Khaled Day, Dean of Research, SQU presided over the workshop while the welcome speech was given by Prof. Anvar Kacimov, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Marine sciences. Around 150 registered participants including faculty members, staff members, physicians, dieticians and students from various colleges at the SQU and outside attended the workshop.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Dec 14, 2014
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