04 October 2010
Congress on the skewed population pyramid
Aging, which starts from the moment we are born and continues until the moment we die, has now come under the research microscope. The population pyramid is changing: we are living longer, having fewer babies and - in order to preserve our health and ability to work into old age - we must understand how we age if we are to avoid disease and frailty. More than 100 researchers from twelve different countries have therefore agreed to meet in Copenhagen from 5 to 7 October, when the University of Copenhagen will be hosting an international congress on the theme of Aging, Longevity and Health.
At the congress, forty international experts on aging (from the US, Singapore, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, the UK, Norway etc) will discuss topics ranging from the role genes play in aging, how to keep our brains in good shape, age-related diseases and their prevention to how the health services can cope with the changing population pyramid, results from population studies, early disease indicators for age-related diseases, and the way society regards the aging process.
- "Aging healthily raises the quality of life of the individual", says Professor Lene Juel Rasmussen, the head of the Center for Healthy Aging at the Faculty of Health Sciences. "Research will provide new knowledge, enabling more people to achieve healthy lives and a healthy old-age. We need to be encouraged when we are still young so that we can obtain more good years in the second half of our lives. This will also require research into the challenges of aging from different perspectives, including biological, social, psychological and societal factors".
The congress is part of the efforts of the International Alliance of Research Universities, and is being organized by the Center for Healthy Aging.
- "Research into aging is becoming increasingly important as average life expectancy continues to increase, and we lack knowledge about the biology of aging", says Ulla Wewer, Dean of the Faculty. "The congress provides researchers working on the IARU Aging, Longevity and Health theme a unique opportunity to meet and share interdisciplinary ideas and results."