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A free, online Policy Lates event discussing the biology of ageing and ways to counteract cognitive decline

This event will take place from 18:30 BST, finishing at 20:30.

Ageing is not a late life condition, but a lifelong process that accompanies humans from gestation to death, and it remains one of the greatest transformations facing human populations in the 21st century.

According to the UN, in 2018, for the first time in history, persons aged 65 or above outnumbered children under five years of age globally. By 2050, one in six people in the world will be over the age of 65 (16%), up from one in 11 in 2019 (9%) . The number of people aged 80 years or over is projected to triple, from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million in 2050. Such a demographic shift has the potential to greatly impact societal dynamics and processes, and nations across the globe must prepare and adapt to it.

The UK Government has selected ageing as a grand challenge with a mission to ensure that people can enjoy an extra 5 healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experiences of the richest and the poorest.

In this Policy Lates event our expert panel will be chaired by Dr Richard Siow FRSB, director of Ageing Research at King's (ARK). The panel will take a look at the biology of ageing, including a focus on ways to counteract cognitive decline and better manage patients developing multiple age-related conditions. The panel will also consider the Government's priorities in funding and implementing ways to support our ageing society, throughout people's lifespans.


Dr Richard Siow FRSB, director of Ageing Research at King's (ARK) and advisory board member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity - panel chair
Dr Lauren Walker, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Liverpool
George MacGinnis, challenge director, healthy ageing, UK Research and Innovation

Policy Lates format

All are welcome to attend this online edition of our Policy Lates series, which provides an opportunity for relaxed discussion with an interested and informed audience. This online event will begin with an introduction from the chair, followed by short talks from our panellists, with time for audience questions and panel discussion.


This event is free to attend, but advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page. Zoom meeting joining details will be sent in advance by

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This online event will be recorded. If you have any queries about this, please contact us at ahead of the event. Your microphone and camera will be automatically disabled by the host on entry to the meeting. Audience questions will be taken from the Zoom chat function.


For all enquiries, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445.


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