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Ageing: models, mechanisms and therapies

Dear colleagues,

Ageing 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.

Best wishes,

Lino da Silva Ferreira