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BGRF and Chatham House announce 'Ageing and Health: Policy and Economics in an Era of Longevity'

A two-day international conference taking place in London on Feb. 9-10, 2015

Biogerontology Research Foundation

How can societies meet the health, policy and economic challenges of global population ageing?

One in nine people in the world is 60 or older and this is expected to rise to one in five people by 2050. A globally ageing population and the associated demographic changes have wide-ranging implications for health systems, medical priorities, economic policies, and labour and consumer markets.

The certainty of global population ageing demands greater action, innovation, and a long-term approach from policymakers, health and medical professionals as well as businesses. This conference will address critical questions, including:

  • Are current health, public policy and economic responses to global ageing adequate?

  • How can health systems develop sustainable strategies to support an ageing global population?

  • How can the challenge of managing chronic conditions be met and at what cost?

  • How can societies address the financial impact of ageing populations?

  • Are businesses reacting quickly enough to an ageing workforce and consumer base?

Speakers include:

  • László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-14), European Commission

  • Xiao Caiwei, Vice President, China National Committee on Ageing

  • Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

  • Dr Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

  • Dr Richard Jackson, President, Global Aging Institute

  • Dr Michael W Hodin, Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging

  • Professor Tom Kirkwood, Dean for Ageing, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing

  • Dr Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; Chair, Health and Global Policy Institute, Japan

  • Dr Husseini Manji, Global Therapeutic Head for Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development

  • Sarbjit Nahal, Head of Thematic Investing Strategy, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • Alana Officer, Senior Health Adviser, Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization

  • Daniel Ryan, Head, Life and Health Research and Development

  • Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

  • Jannette Spiering, Director, De Hogeweyk Dementia Village

  • Nicoline Vackerberg, Coordinator, The Esther Network

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For the full agenda, the speaker line up and to register please visit the event website.

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