THE FORUM NEW FRONTIERS IN BIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINANTS OF AGING, AT BIOS+ IN BELLINZONA
The scientific forum New Frontiers in biological and environmental determinants of aging was held on August 31 at the Bellinzona Institutes of Science (Bios+), the association that brings together the Institute of Research in Biomedicine (IRB, Istituto di Ricerca in Biomedicina) and the Oncological Research Institute (IOR, Istituto Oncologico di Ricerca). The Forum addressed the issue starting from the biology of aging and from age-related conditions, with a focus on the latest discoveries from a molecular, cellular and organic perspective. Many other topics were addressed, such as all those factors – environmental, psychological and cultural – which can play a significant role in shaping happiness, health and longevity.
During the debate, Prof. Andrea Alimonti – Professor of Experimental Oncology at ETH Zürich and the University of Italian Switzerland – moderated the contributions of the following experts:
- Prof. Guido Kroemer – Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Paris Paris-Cité (France);
- Prof. Thomas Rando, Head of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center (USA);
- Prof. Andrew Steptoe, Head of the Behavioural Science and Health Department, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (UK).
The speakers brought to the attention of the attendance aspects such as the possibility of decelerating, arresting or reversing aging through targeted therapeutic interventions, the mechanisms of epigenetic rejuvenation and the connection between emotional processes and physical health that can lead to healthier aging.