02 May

From cardiovascular disease prevention to healthy ageing: a (my) scientific journey

Thursday 02 May 2019, 12:00pm

ICN2 Seminar Hall, ICN2 Building, UAB

By Prof. Oscar H. Franco, Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern, Switzerland

Abstract:The 20th century witnessed the rise of noncommunicable disorders (NCDs) and the consolidation of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the number one cause of morbidity and mortality globally. Despite great advances in understanding how CVD occurs and can be treated and prevented, still, in 2018, CVD remains on the top of disease and mortality burdens worldwide. The emergence of CVD and NCDs in general has resulted from improvements in living conditions, hygiene, sanitation, and healthcare, among others, that have contributed to substantial decreases in child and maternal mortality and to people living ever longer. This has led to widespread interest in ageing and healthy ageing. But how long can people live? What is ageing? What is healthy ageing? And how can we prevent CVD and NCDs? These questions have sparked, motivated, and challenged my career. Although I might not have answers to these questions, I will share my personal and quixotic attempts to find the answers.

Hosted by: Prof. Arben Merkoçi, Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group Leader at ICN2