All Roads lead to Paris
This week I am attending the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Paris http://www.gerontologyparis2009.com.
The 19th congress, which is held every four years, over four days, represents the diversity of ageing research. It is an event attended by some 5000 participants from 30 countries who will discuss the latest findings in the field of ageing.
An extensive programme includes biologist speaking about the fundaments of the ageing body to economists assessing the increasing cost of health care. Themes covered will range from A- Z - ‘Age discrimination’ to ‘Ways of affecting the ageing process / Anti-ageing’.
It is an opportunity for all those interested in gerontology to exchange ideas and promote their research and practice. The opening key note speaker on Sunday Sergei ZELENEV of the United Nations set the context by focusing on advancing the rights of older people and reminded us of the importance of why we are all here.
This event provides an opportunity to highlight and publicise the growing field of ageing research in Ireland, which was demonstrated with the high level of interest in Call 1 and the Opening of Call 2 of our grants programme today www.cardi.ie/grantprogramme.
In four years time at the 20th World Congress it will be interesting to observe if there are emerging papers from Ireland which will have benefited from the support and stimulation of CARDI’s strategy.