On 30 November 2016 the Council held a roundtable meeting to bring together experts from a range of fields to explore the ethical, social and policy issues raised by research that seeks to slow or prevent the biological processes of ageing – known as biogerontology. The discussion was chaired by Julian Hughes, Deputy Chair of Council and RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Bristol.
Key questions and issues discussed included:
- What has this field of research achieved so far and what is it likely to achieve in the near future?
- What should be the aims of research on the biological processes of ageing? For example, should the aim be quantity of quality of life, or something else?
- What are the ethical issues that arise as a consequence of any particular notion of successful ageing?
- How should we conceptualise ageing? For example, should we think of it as a disease to be treated?
- What will be the consequences of research on the biological processes of ageing, for individuals, for society and globally?
Download the agenda for this meeting.