Full text of biomedical scientist Georgina Ellison-Hughes’ talk titled “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted: Rejuvenating Hearts” at TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells conference. In this talk, she offers a personal touch to her journey of discovering the regenerative potential of the adult heart and describes the use of senolytics to rejuvenate heart repair and regeneration, enabling people to live longer, fuller, healthier lives.
Georgina Ellison-Hughes – Biomedical scientist
My first love was my grandfather. He was the kindest, most generous and loving man, and my brother and sisters used to say that I was his favorite.
He suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 79 when I was 16, and I was mortified. At the time, my mother told me that he died because it was his age, he was old, and he had a bad heart and it just couldn’t hold out any longer. And the classic that you always hear: ‘He had a good innings.’
My heart hurt.
Like his grandfather, my grandfather would have liked me to have gone into law. He was so proud that out of seven grandchildren, I was the one to be the lawyer. His favorite, the lawyer.
I liked the idea. But after his death, I had other ideas. I had many questions. I wanted to understand, why couldn’t his heart hold out any longer, and what role does age play in the health of our hearts?
What if we could have a better and longer innings? If I could find out the answers to my questions, I could stop grandfathers and grandmothers being taken away from us too soon.