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Tom Kirkwood (Newcastle University; MIRA International Scientific Advisory Committee member) will address the question of how and why the human lifespan is increasing. Until the last two decades, few scientists studied aging. The common view was simply that the human body is programmed to die after a certain period. The previous increase in life expectancy was caused almost entirely by preventing deaths in the early and middle years of life. We now know, however, that the surprising continuation of the increase in human longevity is driven by something new: we are reaching old age in generally better health, and it is the death rates at advanced ages that are now falling fast. At the same time, biology has established that there is almost certainly no fixed program for aging.
Date: Apr 27, 2018 Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM