Opendata, web and dolomites


Genomics of Ageing in Elephants: Genomic architecture of senescence in a long-lived mammal

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 GAE project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the GAE project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "GAE" about.

lifespan    university    lack    mitochondrial    stress    fascinating    retrocopies    balance    behavioural    dataset    shortening    genetic    multiple    cutting    international    faces    asian    size    economic    host    menopause    life    tp53    trade    secondment    century    hereditary    post    ageing    adaptations    possibly    determinants    skills    cell    cancer    model    lived    insights    senescence    turku    edge    human    impossible    explored    bertorelle    team    insurance    yield    lummaa    disentangle    age    function    reproductive    elephants    mammals    ecology    health    history    traits    understand    humans    argument    mitigate    proboscideans    thousands    off    individual    competences    predictions    genomics    fertility    contrary    opportunity    longevity    respect    prof    roles    telomere    genomic    populations    architecture    grandmotherhood    ferrare    biological    disciplinary    oxidative    special    models    almost    exempt    phenomenon    records    social    avoidance    ecophysiology    explore    genes   

Project "GAE" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
city: Turku
postcode: 20014

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Total cost 179˙325 €
 EC max contribution 179˙325 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2020-05-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TURUN YLIOPISTO FI (Turku) coordinator 179˙325.00


 Project objective

'European populations are ageing, and this has important health, economic and social consequences. Yet in order to manage these, we need to understand the complex phenomenon of 'biological age', and in particular its genetic determinants. It is now established that longevity insurance genes such as TP53 mitigate the roles of mitochondrial function, oxidative stress and telomere shortening, and that these genes are also involved in ageing, with senescence and cancer being two faces of the cell growth balance. Thus, longevity is a trade-off between cancer and ageing, but also possibly fertility and menopause. In that respect, Asian elephants are a fascinating model: similar to humans in lifespan, senescence, and selection for grandmotherhood, they are almost exempt of cancer, contrary to predictions based on their large size. Recently, multiple retrocopies of TP53 have been identified in elephants: a strong argument to consider that cancer-avoidance and a long lifespan are the product of genetic adaptations in proboscideans. The genetic architecture of human-like ageing is impossible to study in classical short-lived models, as they lack the traits that make human life-history special, like a post-reproductive lifespan. Therefore, I propose to use a unique century-long dataset on life-history and health records for thousands of Asian elephants, currently explored by Prof. Lummaa's international-level team through behavioural ecology and ecophysiology at University of Turku. Together with my secondment host Prof. Bertorelle at University of Ferrare, I will apply my skills in cutting-edge genomic methods to disentangle the hereditary and individual determinants of ageing in long-lived mammals. By bringing these different competences together on a one-of-its-kind dataset, I will exploit this unique and exciting opportunity to explore the genomics of senescence through a multi-disciplinary approach, which may yield important insights for understanding human ageing.'

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "GAE" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "GAE" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.3.2.)

Drought (2020)

Drought coping strategies in southern Africa 1966-2016

Read More  

ACES (2019)

Antarctic Cyclones: Expression in Sea Ice

Read More  

hsPCF-FRET (2019)

Real-time characterisation of neuropeptide binding to a membrane receptor involved in pain and ischemic stroke

Read More