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Healthy Longevity
The NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Prof Brian Kennedy are proud to be hosting the Healthy Longevity monthly webinars from January to February 2021.

In this Healthy Longevity series, we envision a gamut of disciplines from academic research to industrial markets to address critical healthcare concerns in the world today. These strategies broadly include (but are not limited to):
* Surpassing treatment of individual diseases to healthspan and lifespan extension
* Veering the focus of managing isolated diseases to preventing multiple diseases

Aging is the primary driver of chronic diseases in older and elderly individuals. Poor aging is characterized by reduced or impaired function of multiple organ systems, including the cardiorespiratory, metabolic, immune and musculoskeletal systems.

The current model of clinical medicine is reactive and disease-centric, focusing on secondary and tertiary treatment of age-related diseases. With the burgeoning aging populations across the world, including Singapore, this prevailing approach may not be the most efficient method of alleviating the current health care burden.

Healthcare cost is a ticking time bomb for aging!

This virtual series will bring together highly-esteemed and prominent speakers from a wide range of fields associated with aging, spanning from large and small biotech industries to academic institutions. You will hear revolutionary insights from experts on the growing and evolving science of aging. As well, be informed of the prospects of combatting and preventing the debilitating aging process through multi-disciplinary and integrated approaches aimed at extending both healthspan and lifespan.

We cordially invite you to come join us in this exciting line-up of events – so watch this space and do remember to save the dates. Hope to see you then.
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.



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Speakers

Host: Prof Brian Kennedy
Distinguished Professor in Biochemistry and Physiology @NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Prof Kennedy is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of ageing and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of delaying, detecting, preventing and treating human ageing and associated diseases. He is a Distinguished Professor in Biochemistry and Physiology at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at National University Singapore and Director of the Centre for Healthy Longevity at the National University Health System. He has published over 200 papers and has an H factor of 69 (Google Scholar). From 2010 to 2016 he was the President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing. Currently he remains a Professor at the Institute, where his lab addresses the biology of ageing. During his tenure at the Buck Institute, seven start-up companies were created in the Biotechnology space.
Dr Steve Horvath (7 Jan 2021)
Professor of Human Genetics & Biostatistics @UCLA School of Public Health
**Topic: Epigenetic Clocks for Clinical and Preclinical Applications.** Dr Horvath is an ageing researcher and bioinformatician whose research lies at the intersection of epidemiology, chronic diseases, epigenetics, genetics, and systems biology. He developed systems biologic approaches such as weighted gene co-expression network analysis. He works on all aspects of biomarker development with a particular focus on genomic biomarkers of ageing. He developed a highly accurate multi-tissue biomarker of ageing known as the epigenetic clock. Salient features of the epigenetic clock include its high accuracy and its applicability to a broad spectrum of tissues and cell types. He develops and applies methods for analysing and integrating gene expression-, DNA methylation-, microRNA, genetic marker-, and complex phenotype data. His lab members apply and develop data mining methods to study a broad spectrum of diseases, e.g. ageing research, cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV.
Prof Jing-Dong Jackie Han (14 Jan 2021)
Professor, College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Quantitative Biology @Peking University
********Topic: Heterogeneity of Ageing in Human Populations******** Prof Han obtained her Ph.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She had her postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2004, she became an investigator/professor at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2010-2019, she was a director of the CAS-Max Planck Partner Institute for Computational Biology. In 2019, she became a tenured professor at Peking University, and an adjunct professor at National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on the structure and dynamic inference of molecular networks, using a combination of large-scale experiments and computational analysis to explore the design principles of the networks and to find how the complex phenotypes, such as ageing, cancer and stem cell development are regulated through molecular networks.