About the event
Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest re/insurers, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health and swissnex Boston, cordially invites you to this interactive two-day conference, to be held at the Norton's Woods Conference Center at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Cardiovascular disease and stroke have become the number one causes of death in the strategically important markets of Brazil and Mexico. But what do we know behind these headline figures? What efforts are being made to improve cardiovascular mortality outcomes and how can public health contribute? What factors are inhibiting the development of healthier hearts? How will these questions affect overall mortality in the two countries?
The conference complements a joint research collaboration currently being undertaken by Swiss Re and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study is entitled Systematic Explanatory Analyses of Risk Factors affecting Cardiovascular Health (SEARCH). The findings of the study will explore the potential for better health outcomes, and how current heart disease trends might affect future mortality.
Participants will include public health experts, academics, insurers and leading experts in fields spanning epidemiology, the aging process, and cutting edge advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of disease.
Note: This event may be photographed, live webstreamed and /or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and swissnex Boston's internal and external websites and in printed materials.
Symposium explores trends in cardiovascular disease in Brazil, Mexico
The rise of cardiovascular disease in two rising powers—Mexico and Brazil—was the focus of a two-day symposium between Swiss Re and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), held from 15 to 16 October at the Norton’s Woods Conference Center at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both institutions also commemorated landmark birthdays at the event, as 2013 marks the 150-year anniversary of Swiss Re and the 100-year anniversary of HSPH.
The symposium, titled “The impact of cardiovascular risk factors on healthy lifespan and mortality in Brazil and Mexico,” explored the reasons behind the global rise in non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, now the leading cause of death worldwide. Speakers described the epidemiological transitions occurring in these two emerging countries and addressed the roles of key risk factors, including smoking, diet and metabolism, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and physical activity levels.
“The Harvard collaboration offers the opportunity to hold more intense dialogue around risk factors in key countries around the world that hold the answer to not only longer lives, but longer, healthier lives,” said Eric Smith, CEO of Swiss Re Americas.
The conference in Cambridge—along with a similar one focused on China and India to be held from 10 to 12 November in Zurich, Switzerland—are part of a joint research collaboration between Swiss Re and HSPH entitled Systematic Explanatory Analyses of Risk Factors affecting Cardiovascular Health (SEARCH). Supported by the World Health Organization, the study aims to quantify health cardiovascular disease risk factors and their impact on mortality and longevity in rapidly developing countries.
Reductions in smoking prevalence and better control of blood pressure and lipid management have the potential for significant increases in life expectancy. But in developed and emerging countries, there is great uncertainty as to the magnitude of further improvements, as more targeted use of new and existing treatments is offset by the impact of increasing obesity, said Smith.