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Feb 17th: Thomas Kirkwood
17 February @ 17 h 30 min - 19 h 00 min UTC+1
(Institute for Aging, Newcastle University).
Title: “Understanding Ageing: The Great Puzzle of Our Time”
Abstract: Why do we grow old? Is ageing the result of a genetic programme? What
determines the life spans of humans and other species? Is there a limit to
human longevity? How can we improve our personal health span? These
and many other questions about the causes of ageing have assumed new
urgency as more and more of us survive into old age, affecting almost every
aspect of our society. This lecture will examine what science is revealing
about both the ultimate rationale of ageing (its evolutionary foundation) and
its proximate causes (the mechanisms that eventually result in disability,
diseases and death). It turns out that ageing is more malleable than we
used to think, making it possible to aspire to secure better health for longer,
but that the underlying complexity is likely to present some formidable