Phd ceremony Ms. S. Figarska:Genetics of healthy ageing
|Mo 26-05-2014 14:00 - 15:00
Ageing is defined as a decline of physiological functions. Decline of physiological functions ultimately lead to the development of age-related diseases, such a cardiovascular disease (CVD) or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and in consequence to death. Humans age at different pace; they develop a disease and die at different ages. Among factors influencing human lifespan, genetics seem to play an important role, since the variation in human lifespan is heritable for approximately 30%. This thesis focuses on the genetic factors influencing human all-cause and cause-specific mortality, i.e. cardiovascular and COPD mortality in the general population.