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ICREA-CCCB Debates

Is Ageing a Disease?

2016 ICREA - CCCB Debates

In a society whose people are living longer and longer, research into the process of ageing has become essential. Most living beings age and die. However, death is often not a direct consequence of ageing but the result of illnesses associated with advancing years, for example Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. In these cases, what is the cause of death? Illness or the fact of ageing? Some people have even raised the question of whether ageing itself is a disease. Scientific research in the field is advancing at an exponential rate, so fast that we can now start wondering whether, some day, science will be able to reverse a process which we have thus far believed to be inevitable.

This lecture series is yet another initiative in the ongoing joint project of the CCCB and the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA – Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies) which aims to inform the public about the challenges being faced by advanced research being done in Catalonia today.

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