Helen R. Griffiths (Honorary)

Honorary Professor in Biomedical Sciences

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

Research Group

Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research  

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)  
Helen Griffiths

British Council South Africa Workshop Opportunity - Closing date 30th November 2016 - for further enquiries email here

Early career researchers from UK universities and biomedical research institutes are invited to apply for funding to participate in a workshop to be held January 29-February 2, 2017 in South Africa. The workshop is the first milestone in an effort funded by the British Council to tackle the problem of Obesity in Egypt, South Africa, and the U.K. through collaborative basic and clinical studies in the fields of obesity and exercise research.  The workshop will focus on the role of mitochondria, including high resolution functional and morphological assessments of mitochondria in the context of exercise and obesity. The workshop is entitled “Enhancing mechanistic understanding of exercise and obesity: designing personalised intervention strategies” and aims at building a network of researchers and clinicians from the three countries to address the obesity challenge. 

Newton Scholars hosted

Dr Alaa Refaat, Zewail City University, Egypt, 2015. Read Alaa's blog here

Dr Tram Phamthikim, Ho Chi Min City Centre for Biotechnology, Vietnam. 2016


 Member of the Biology Teaching Programme

Glenn Award for Ageing Research. 2014.                                                                                                    Fellow of the Society of Biology. 2011.                                                                                                         Aston Excellence Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year  2009.                                                      1st Catherine Pasquier Prize. From European Society for Free Radical Research 2004.

Chair, VNUK ASEAN hub steering committee 2015-

Vietnam UK Friendship Committee 2015-

Chair, British Society for Research on Ageing 2013- 2016

Chair, UK Deans of Science 2013-2015

European Society for Free Radical Research. 2008-2016

Biochemical Society Theme Panel III 2007-2016

BBRSC panel D member
  • Nutrient-gene interaction - effects on cellular and plasma omics
  • Interplay between lipids/sphingolipids and reactive oxygen species
  • Immune cell dysfunction during inflammation and ageing
  • Monocyte-endothelial cell dysfunction during inflammation
  • Intracellular redox regulation of cell survival and adaptation
  • Reversible protein oxidation during signalling, and the effects of irreversible modification on function 
Financial support from Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), BBSRC, ERDF, Marie Curie, Horizon 2020, British Council, KRUK and Industry is gratefully acknowledged.

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European Society for Free Radical Research

Biochemical Society

Nutrition Society

British Society for Research on Ageing

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