is a triumph of the contemporary society but also represents a great challenge
for the coming generations. European community will face a significant increase
in the ageing population in the next few decades being Portugal one of the
countries with the highest proportion of persons above age 60. Therefore,
international organizations, governments, civil society, scientific community
should be engaged in the development of programs to enhance the health of old
citizens. Some years ago, the World Health Organization created a term “Active
ageing” to define the “process of optimizing opportunities for health,
participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age”.
It is important to note that the center region of Portugal has selected “Health
Active Ageing” as a priority area of intervention. The conference entitled
“Ageing: models, mechanisms and therapies” will have the contribution of
renowned scientists from 3 continents that will discuss for 2 days new
approaches to model, prevent and treat ageing-related diseases. The event has
two promoters: the Faculty of Medicine and the Center for Innovative
Biomedicine and Biotechnology research center at the University of Coimbra. As
the chair of the event, and ERA Chair holder in ageing at the University of
Coimbra, I wish that the event will be an opportunity to embrace a new
generation of researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers in the area of Ageing.
Finally, I would like to thank the donations from companies that made possible
the organization of this event.
Lino da Silva Ferreira