Dr. Andrzej BartkeThe BBC article Battle for “old mouse” prize said
A contest to produce the oldest laboratory mouse could help solve the puzzle of how to combat human ageing.
Dr Aubrey de Grey of the University of Cambridge began the Methuselah Mouse Challenge in the hope that a breakthrough could be used to extend human life.
The first Methuselah Mouse Prize was awarded in June this year to Dr Andrzej Bartke for his mouse, dubbed GHR-KO 11C, which lived for 1,819 days.
The winner of the prize must better Dr Bartke’s effort and will receive a portion of the prize money for each week the mouse survives after setting a new record.
Andrzej Bartke, Ph.D. altered a gene controlling a mouse’s
response to growth hormone, which meant it had reduced levels of
insulin and glucose in its blood. The change apparently protected its
DNA from age-related decay, keeping it alive for almost five years
the equivalent of a human living
for about 200 years.
Andy is Professor and Director of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is on the Editorial Board of Aging Cell, Endokrynologia Polska (Polish Journal of Endocrinology), Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, Reproductive Biology, Polish Soc. for Biology of Reproduction, and Journal of Gerontology/Biological Sciences, and is a Board Member (and past President) of the American Aging Association.
He authored the innovative Amazon download THEORIES OF BIOLOGICAL AGING: PROGRAMMED AGING: An entry from Macmillan Reference USA’s Encyclopedia of Aging, edited Function of Somatic Cells in the Testis (Proceedings in the Serono Symposia, USA), coedited Marijuana/Cannabinoids: Neurobiology and Neurophysiology (Crc Series in Physiology of Drug Abuse) and Basic Endocrinology for Students of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, and coauthored Does growth hormone prevent or accelerate aging?, Mechanisms of Prolonged Longevity: Mutants, Knock-Outs, and Caloric Restriction, and Local Expression of GH and IGF-1 in the Hippocampus of GH-deficient long-lived Mice. Read his full list of publications!
Andy earned his magister degree (M.Sc.) in Biology (Zoology) from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland in 1962. He earned his Ph.D. in Zoology (Genetics) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA in 1965.