Thursday, May 4  | 14:00 – 14:15 pm

VitaDAO: Funding Longevity Research through Decentralized Science

By Max Unfried, Core Team.

VitaDAO is part of the Decentralized Science movement, a movement which utilizes the Blockchain to democratize and improve processes that currently slow down the scientific process. The goal of Decentralized science is shifting the power away from centralized entities such as big publishers and omnipotent funding agencies towards the community of scientists and rewarding them fairly in a transparent manner, while accelerating progress in the sciences.

This presentation will cover what Decentralized Science is and how it currently is being used to fund Longevity Research.

Thursday, May 4  |17:10 – 17:30 pm

Fundamental Biomedical Research, Interdisciplinary and Longevity

By Cláudia Cavadas, Head of the Neuroendocrinology and Aging Group, Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra (CNC-UC); Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Univ. Coimbra, Portugal

Friday, May 5  | 11:10 – 11:30 am

Health Longevity for all: Democrating Longevity by bridging the gap between Science and Business innovation

By Elisabeth Roiden, MD, PhD, MBA, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer and Partner at Maximon, Switzerland

Over the past 150 years, progress in medical care has allowed us to live longer but not necessarily healthier lives, opening a gap between lifespan (the total number of years we live) and healthspan (the years we live in good health). We’re now facing an ever-increasing problem of an ageing population that comes with both social and economic implications. Closing the gap between life expectancy and disease-free years should therefore be of utmost priority. Advancements in longevity research have skyrocketed over the past couple of decades, culminating in the elucidation of common molecular mechanisms of ageing that could now be used to develop safe and effective interventions aimed at extending healthspan. Thus, one of the major challenges that lies ahead is to translate this scientific innovation into products and services available to the wider public. Here we discuss the challenges of bringing science innovation to the market and why strategic investments in this sector have the potential to not only allow ageing populations to live healthier and more active lives but also provide a systemic relief from the economic burden associated with an ageing population.

Friday, May 5  | 12:10 – 12:30 pm

Intracellular communication and longevity

by Nuno Raimundo, Group Leader at Multidisciplinary Institute of Ageing (MIA-Portugal)
University of Coimbra, Portugal

In this conference I will share the findings of my laboratory that explore and explain the communication between organelles within the cells, giving an overall picture of the physiology and opportunities to promote healthy longevity and its relevance to tackle age-related pathology. 

Thursday, May 5  | 12:30 – 12:50 pm

The Aging Yellow Brick Road: Role of In Utero Mitochondrial Programming

by Paulo J. Oliveira, Group Leader and Vice-President, CNC - Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Portugal

The natural process of aging is accompanied by an increased incidence of chronic and acute diseases. Several key time-points in human life can determine the rates of tissue aging, directly impacting the pathophysiology of different diseases. This talk will highlight our research on in utero programming of human aging rates and impact on the development of different diseases, as well as highlight the critical role of mitochondria as one important regulator of the aging process and target for interventions to delay its related complications.

Friday, May 5  | 12:50 – 13:10 pm

Ageing: Modelling and Potential Intervations

by Lino Ferreira, Coordinator Investigator at Faculty of Medicine, Director of “Advanced Therapy” research group, Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of University of Coimbra (CNC-UC), Coordinator of Colab4Ageing, Coimbra, Portugal

Friday, May 5  | 16:40 – 17:00 pm

Nutrition and Consumer Longevity and Personalised Nutrition in the Decade of Healthy Ageing

by Richard Siow, Director, Ageing Research at King´s College of London, Specialty Chief Editor, Nutrition in Ageing and Healthy Longevity Section of Frontiers in Ageing, London, UK

Friday, May 5  | 17:20 – 17:40 pm

Nutrition and Musculosketal Health in Older Adults

by Nuno Mendonça, Researcher, Nova Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal

Friday, May 5  | 18:00 – 18:20 pm

Food & Gut Microbiota-derived metabolites: Key actors in Metabolic Aging and Disease

by João Araújo, Invited Assistant Professor, Nova Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal