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The Ocampo Lab is rapidly advancing our understanding of aging and the development of novel anti-aging therapies. Follow us to learn more about the latest news regarding our progress. 

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Personal interview with Dr. Alberto Parras

January 15, 2021

Great interview with Alberto Parras, winner of the 2019 Excellent Paper in Neuroscience Award (EPNA). Read this interview to get to know Alberto both personally and scientifically.

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First colony of African turquoise killifish in Switzerland

December 15, 2020

We are very happy to announce the establishment of the first colony of African turquoise killifish in Switzerland!! Thanks to Dario Valenzano and his team for introducing us to this fantastic organism. Thank you also to all the other labs that have helped us during this first year. We are looking forward to making great discoveries to better understand the aging process.

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New publication in collaboration with the laboratory of Tobias Engel

October 18, 2020

Very happy to have a new publications in collaboration with the laboratory of Tobias Engel coming from the work of Alberto Parras. Comparison of gene expression changes between a chemical model of temporal lobe epilepsy and patient samples with identification of novel potential targets for treatment.

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Novartis Foundation Grant

July 22, 2020

We are very happy to receive the support of the Novartis Foundation for Medical-Biology Research in order to develop novel epigenetic clocks of human health and lifespan.

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New publication in collaboration with the laboratory of Thomas Engel

July 1, 2020

First publication of the lab resulting from the work of Alberto Parras in collaboration with the laboratory of Thomas Engel in Ireland. Novel findings regarding the molecular mechanisms of temporal lobe epilepsy.

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SNSF Eccellenza Grant 

December 19, 2019

We are extremely happy to announce that our lab has been awarded an SNSF Eccellenza Grant!! This is a dream come true. Funding to perform very exciting research on aging over the next five years. Thank you SNSF and Swiss taxpayers. 

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Ageing, Health & Rejuvenation Conference in Rotterdam 

June 22, 2019

The Ocampo Lab on the way to the 2019 Ageing, Health & Rejuvenation Conference. Amazing lineup. More exciting than going for a summer music festival!! 

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Visit to the lab of Sir John Gurdon 

March 13, 2019

Learning to reset the aging clock from the best of the best, Sir John Gurdon!! SCNT continues to be the gold standard for the reprogramming of aging. Thank you everybody at the Gurdon lab for hosting me!! 

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Ocampo Lab starts its journey in Switzerland 

August 1, 2018

The Ocampo Lab has officially started in August 2018 at the University of Lausanne. Stay tuned. A lot of work ahead! 

More news from past years

2020

May 15, 2020
The Ocampo Lab resumes activities after the Covid19 crisis.
We are very happy to come back to the lab after 6 weeks of minimal activities. Very fortunate that everybody is healthy and looking forward to restart experiments. Thank you to all the members of the lab for their help during these difficult times.

May 15, 2020
Clémence Varidel joins the lab
We are delighted to announce that Clémence Varidel is joining the lab as Laboratory Technician. Clémence is originally from Switzerland and she is going to help us with many of the essential tasks in the lab. Now the Ocampo lab can finally start moving!!

March 4, 2020
Calida Mrabti joins the lab
We are very happy to welcome Calida Mrabti who is joining the lab as PhD student. Calida is coming from France to investigate skin aging!! Let’s have some skin on the game!!

2019

November 19, 2019
Alberto Parras joins the lab
We are very happy to welcome Alberto Parras as the first Postdoc in the lab!! Thank you for joining us. You will never run alone.

November 13, 2019
Investing in the age of longevity conference
Interesting event today in London with scientists, companies, and investors in the field of longevity. Nice to see that epigenetic reprogramming is getting a lot of attention!!

October 1, 2019
Patrick Paine joins the lab
We are very excited to welcome Patrick Paine who is joining the lab as PhD student. Patrick is coming all the way from sunny California to Switzerland!! We will try to help you get not what you want, but what you need!!

July 27, 2019
Trail-running race in Switzerland
MXSky trail race – 30km – 2100M+ Like everything in life. No pain, no gain!!

June 20, 2019
We say bye to Noé Crespo
After 6 months with us, Noé has decided to start new adventures. Thank you Noé for being the first PhD student in the lab and for all your help during these months. Best of luck!!

June 14, 2019
Nibrasul Haque joins the lab
We welcome Nibrasul from India who is joining us as the 2nd PhD student. He will be working on Caenorhabditis elegans to study the role of epigenetics on aging. Let’s keep growing!!

June 12, 2019
Letizia Giovagnoli joins the lab
We are very fortunate to have Letizia Giovagnoli from Italy joining us for an Erasmus internship. Very talented student with a great future ahead!!

April 16, 2019
Noé Crespo joins the lab
Welcome to Noé, first PhD student of the lab!! The first brave one to join this adventure.

March 1, 2019
Alex presents at ETH Zurich
Spreading the word about in vivo reprogramming of aging and establishing new collaborations at one of Europe’s leading institutions: ETH Zurich!!

Ocampo Lab in the media

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RTS Radio interview with Calida Mrabti

March 2, 2021

Interview by Adrien Zerbini from the RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) about our work on killifish. Thank you Calida for a great interview highlighting the benefits of this fantastic model organism for the study of aging.

Scientists say the clock of aging may be reversible

December 15, 2016

At the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., scientists are trying to get time to run backward.

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Ageing process may be reversible, scientists claim

August 1, 2018

New form of gene therapy shown to produce rejuvenating effect in mice, although scientists say human clinical applications are decades away.

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Scientists take on what was once thought impossible: reversing aging

December 17, 2016

Thinning and graying hair, wrinkles, arthritis, cataracts, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and maybe dementia. The list of age-related maladies is both familiar and intimidating.

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Aging is reversible—at least in human cells and live mice

December 15, 2016

New research suggests it is possible to slow or even reverse aging, at least in mice, by undoing changes in gene activity—the same kinds of changes that are caused by decades of life in humans.

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Have scientists found a way to actually reduce the effects of aging?

January 17, 2017

There are some 200 different types of cells in the body, but they can all be traced back to stem cells. Before they differentiated into heart, liver, blood, immune cells, and more, they were called pluripotent, meaning they could become anything.