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    Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures – Why and how we age

    The Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures are a series of open lectures for all researchers and other interested in and around the Copenhagen area. Every 4 weeks, on a Thursday evening, you are invited for lectures on themes with a general interest for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers and bioscience researchers in general. Often there will be a cross-disciplinary focus.

    The lecture on the 14th of June 2018 features Rudi Westendorp and Maarten Rozing from the Department for Public Health and Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen.

    Although human ageing has many dimensions, at its heart it is a biological process that we share with a very broad range of animal species. If we are to understand ageing we must therefore comprehend at least the broad principles of its biology, since these provide the fundamental matrix upon which social and other factors are based. There is a particular importance in addressing the biology of ageing now, at a time when many preconceptions about the ageing process, such as that it is an essentially fixed, ineluctable part of our biological make-up are being challenged. First, the continuing increases in life expectancy show that contrary to all predictions, life expectancy has not settled at some ceiling imposed by genetic programming. Second, new biological understanding of the basic mechanisms of ageing reveal that the process is intrinsically more malleable than most of us have yet appreciated.

    Date: 14 June 2018
    Time: 16:00 – 18:30
    Venue: Novo Nordisk Fonden, Tuborg Havnevej 19, 2900 Hellerup
    Registration is completely free of charge, but mandatory.



    15:45 Welcome and registration (coffee/tea, water available)

    16:00 Start of the lecture

    17:30 Networking with a drink and a snack

    18:30 Thank you for a splendid end of day!

    Speaker BIO

    Rudi Westendorp (1959) is professor of Medicine at Old age at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2015) where he performs state-of-the-art and inter-disciplinary research within the Department of Public health and the Center for Healthy Aging. Understanding the regulation of human life history is a necessary step towards ‘personalized aging’ allowing people to live a healthier life for longer. In order to achieve this aim, he makes use of ‘big data’ and ‘computational power’ within Statistics Denmark for observational studies and exploit the vibrant environment in the Mærsk Tower when performing experimental studies. I’m continuously in dialogue with Danish citizens and stakeholders as the acquisition, handling and interpretation of personal data necessitates transparency and trust.

    Trained at Leiden University, the Netherlands he became a consultant in internal medicine and epidemiology and later dedicated himself into geriatrics and gerontology. He was full professor at the Leiden University Medical Center, and chair of the department of old age medicine (2000-2014). He was founding director of the privately funded Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing (2007-2014) that conducts research, provides education and pursues societal innovations to improve quality of life of older people. He acquainted ample national and European grants, published more than 600+ original articles with an h-index of 80+, and supervised over 50+ PhD students of which three of them have been appointed full professor. He published the bestseller ‘Growing older without feeling old’ that is translated in nine languages. He was endowed doctor honoris causa by the University of Newcastle, UK (2009), and received a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion (2014).