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International Workshop on Science & Technology for Healthy Longevity Day 1

Workshop Date and Time:  June 15, 2021 | 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET

Where: Via webinar on this page.

The U.S. National Academy of Medicine hosted an International Workshop on Science & Technology for Healthy Longevity on June 15 and 17, 2021. This 2-day workshop served as an information gathering session to inform the National Academy of Medicine’s effort to develop a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity. The roadmap will assess the challenges presented by population aging and offer evidence-based insights for actions to improve health across the lifecourse.

The Science and Technology workshop explored and identified avenues for innovative and groundbreaking research and development across basic, clinical, pharmaceutical, social and behavioral sciences, bioengineering, information technology, and assistive technologies. It also examined ways to expand research funding and encourage targeted research.


5:00 pm ET | Welcome & Workshop Overview, Goals, and Framework 

  • Victor Dzau, National Academy of Medicine
  • Ann Aerts, Novartis Foundation
  • Tachi Yamada, Frazier Healthcare Partners

SESSION I: Transformative Advances in Biological Sciences for Healthy Longevity

This session will explore critical biological mechanisms of aging and their implications for predicting, preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease across diverse populations; consider emerging scientific advances enabling a healthy longevity future for individuals and societies; and discuss knowledge gaps needing research that will create opportunities for advancing science in the longevity field.

 5:10 pm ET | Plenary Keynote

This segment will provide an overview of the field, highlighting discussions on critical mechanisms for aging.

  • Eric Verdin, The Buck Institute

 5:30 pm ET | Expert Discussion

  • Moderator: Tachi Yamada, Frazier Healthcare Partners
  • Gilda Barabino, Olin College of Engineering
  • Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Andrew Brack, Arrive
  • Pinchas Cohen, USC School of Gerontology
  • Ana Maria Cuervo, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Benjamin Ebert, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Joshua Hare, Longeveron, University of Miami
  • Leonie Heilbronn, The University of Adelaide
  • Guido Kroemer, University of Paris
  • Satchidananda Panda, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • Thomas Rando, Stanford University
  • Susanno Rosi, UCSF
  • Felipe Sierra, NIH
  • Cassandra Szoeke, University of Melbourne
  • Masayo Takahashi, Kobe City Eye Hospital
  • Malu Tansey, University of Florida
  • Christopher Walsh, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

6:50 pm ET | Conclusion

7:00 pm ET | Break

SESSION II: Transformative Advances in Technologies for Aging Societies

This session will describe existing technology and engineering innovations enabling people to function within their physical and social environments; explore the potential of emerging technology and engineering developments to promote better health and well-being across the life course; and highlight critical gaps in technology and engineering research and development, focusing on co-created and problem-driven solutions. 

7:15 pm ET | Plenary Keynote

This segment will provide an overview of the field, highlighting discussions on critical mechanisms for aging.

  • Joe Coughlin, MIT, AgeLab

 7:35 pm ET | Expert Discussion

  • Moderator: Mehmood Khan, Life BioSciences Inc.
  • Majd Alwan, Leading Page
  • Todd Coleman, University of California, San Diego
  • Shelia R. Cotton, Clemson University
  • Poppy Crum, Dolby Laboratories/Stanford University
  • Sara Czaja, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Judy R. Dubno, University of South Carolina
  • Tasuku Honjo, Kyoto University
  • Donald Ingber, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard
  • Belinda Lange, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University
  • Elizabeth Mynatt, Georgia Tech
  • Ziad Obermeyer, University of California, Berkeley
  • Wendy Rogers, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Marjorie Skubic, University of Missouri
  • Jutta Treviranus, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
  • Xinxin “Katie” Zhu, Yale University, Center for Biomedical Data Science

8:55 pm ET | Conclusion

9:00 pm ET | Adjourn

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