Monday, September 01, 2008

Forum: Longevity and Quality of Life

The Forum is to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 16 September 2008

Six million people worldwide are over 60 today; in 2050 there are expected to be two billion in this age group. Q
As we live longer, how can we preserve our mental, physical, visual and other faculties for as long as possible? Within their specific research areas, scientists are discovering how to slow down the aging process and stop the development of geriatric diseases They are also working on the genetic underpinning of longevity. This Forum will provide up-to-date information on these research topics.

Presentations are to begin at 3 p.m. (Paris time) with a talk by geneticist Axel Kahn, “How long a life are we programmed for?” Five Round Tables will follow: ageing of the brain, changes in the eye and vision, mobility complaints, staying young longer, and the search for longevity genes. The French Minister of Health, Roselyne Bachelot, will close the Forum at 6.30 p.m.

The Forum will be broadcast live on the internet in English and in French via a new web TV magazine at

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