Hospices de Beaune 2023: the charity barrel is dedicated to the cause of ageing well
“Pièce des Présidents”, the barrel of which was made from the wood of an oak tree used to restore the spire of Notre Dame in Paris, will be sold in aid of the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM) and the Initiative de Recherche pour une Longévité en Bonne Santé (IRLB).
Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale
Founded in 1947 by the brothers of modern French medicine, Jean Bernard and Jean Hamburger, the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale helps to improve life expectancy in good health for everyone, by encouraging and funding the best French medical research projects that are innovative and bring progress for all. Profits from the “Pièce de Charité” will be dedicated to research into the essential issues of good ageing. In 2023, the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale is continuing its work on neurodegenerative diseases and is launching a new call for projects. This support will enable teams of excellence to propose an innovative research programme, exploring new approaches aimed at better understanding the mechanisms of these complex diseases and identifying therapeutic solutions.
Initiative for Research on Healthy Longevity (Initiative pour la Recherche sur la Longévité en Bonne santé)
The aim of the IRLB association is to support research programmes that could lead to an improvement in human longevity in good health. Its Scientific Director, Jean-Marc Lemaitre, and his research team have been developing projects targeting this objective since 2006. The association was created to support his ambition to set up an Institute for Healthy Longevity, based on three pillars: assessment, prevention and treatment of ageing, in order to delay or even eliminate age-related pathologies.
“A donation from the sale of the Hospices de Beaune charity barrel would provide strong support for this humane cause whose medical, social and economic benefits are invaluable.” Dr Lemaitre, Scientific Director of the IRLB association
The project, which will be supported by the donation from the sale of the charity barrel, known as the “Presidents’ Barrel”, will focus on the development of an “ageing clock”, which will make it possible to measure “biological age” from a simple blood test. This biological age, which is often different from chronological age, will make it possible to measure how quickly we age, to detect a state of frailty that is setting in among the elderly and to assess the risk of the appearance of age-related pathologies, so that care can be taken at an early stage and the autonomy of the elderly person maintained.
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