IoN's Advanced Technologies for an Ageing Population Conference strikes a positive note in Glasgow
The Institute of Nanotechnology's conference Advanced Technologies for an Ageing Population, held at the IET's Teacher Building in Glasgow on 23 - 24 March 2011, struck a highly topical and timely note with contributions from some 20 acknowledged experts on a range of subjects impacting upon the health and support of the older citizen.
Two keynote speakers on the first day of the conference set the overall scene for the event. Professor Rutledge Ellis-Benhke of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the University of Heidelberg provided a comprehensive overview of new scientific approaches to treating diseases of the elderly. Professor Louise Robinson, of the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University reported on new findings from a survey carried out by her Institute, including data on the health and healthcare needs of the "oldest old" aged 85 and over for whom there had previously been a lack of empirical data, and on the difficulties faced by GPs and other carers in supporting the ever-growing needs of this rapidly-increasing sector of society, particularly in terms of maintaining a good quality of life.
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