Prof. Tom Kirkwood – Biologist
Professor Tom Kirkwood was until recently Dean for Ageing at Newcastle University, havingpreviously been Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health. He now works part-time at Newcastle University and also at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Healthy Ageing. His research is on understanding the science of ageing and its relationship with age-related disability and disease, including the impact of social and behavioral factors. He also leads a major population-based investigation (the Newcastle 85+ Study) which has examined in unprecedented detail the spectrum of health and associated biological, functional and psychosocial measures in a cohort of very old people. He has advised the UK government and international bodies such as the World Health Organization on various aspects of population ageing. He has published more than 300 papers and won several international prizes for his research. His books include the award-winning ‘Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing’, ‘Chance, Development and Ageing’ (with Caleb Finch), ‘The End of Age’ based on his BBC Reith Lectures in 2001, and ‘An Age of Wonders: the Story of the Newcastle 85+ Study’ (with Gordon Morris).
The keynote address will be delivered in English – Details abut lecture’s content coming soon