The future of human longevity: cardiovascular health, longer lives

10 - 12 Nov 2013

Organised by: Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue and Harvard School of Public Health

About the event

One of the key themes of our 150th anniversary is a better shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities of funding longer lives. This year's longevity conference will provide a forum for leading thinking over multi-disciplinary models of future mortality and morbidity, and explore how we can promote healthy ageing.

Cardiovascular health is central to meeting this challenge around the world. The SEARCH study is a research collaboration between Swiss Re and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study is groundbreaking work aiming to quantify health risk factors for cardiovascular disease and their impact on mortality and longevity. This research collaboration focuses on rapidly developing economies, and is supported by the World Health Organization. The conference will provide an opportunity for us to share preliminary results and the longer-term objectives and benefits of this study with the insurance industry, policy makers and academia.

Topics in focus
Key issues tackled include:

  • Healthy ageing
  • Health risk factors
  • Longevity modelling

Target audience
Representatives from:

  • Swiss Re insurance industry clients heading mortality and longevity research / pricing units
  • Research institutions and organizations with an interest in longevity and mortality research
  • National and European level governmental and non-governmental bodies charged with setting social policy linked to pension and health care

Note: This event may be photographed, videotaped, filmed 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 the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Days 1 and 2: videos & pdfs

Sunday, 10 November 2013

THEME

HEALTHY AGEING

16.00

Welcome and introduction
Daniel Ryan, Head Life & Health R&D, Swiss Re
Joseph Brain, Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health

16.10

Preventive medicine: Balancing benefits and harms
Milo Puhan, Director, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich

16.50

Healthy life expectancy
Jean-Marie Robine, Research Director, INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)

 17.30

Workshops

Muscle atrophy in the elderly: What are the mechanisms and are there ways to treat it?
Markus A. Rüegg, Professor of Neurobiology, Biozentrum, University of Basel

Remote health status monitoring devices for clinical application
John Winistoerfer, Founder and CEO, Medical Network EMN AG

Insurance innovation to promote healthy ageing
Oliver Werneyer, Data & Distribution Leader, Swiss Re

Can behavioural economic informed interventions contribute to healthy ageing?
Alison McLean, Head of Behavioural Research, Swiss Re

18.30

Welcome dinner for conference participants

   

Monday, 11 November 2013

THEME

HEALTH RISK FACTORS

08.00

Welcome coffee

08.30

Life & Health insurance innovation in high-growth economies
Christian Mumenthaler, CEO Reinsurance, Swiss Re

09.00

Our strategy: Focus on cardiovascular health in India and China
Joseph Brain, Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health

09.40

Global burden of disease: From new estimates to better data
Thomas Zeltner, Special Envoy for Financing, World Health Organization

10.15

Coffee break

10.45

Metabolic syndrome and obesity epidemiology in the Chinese population
Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

11.15

International variability in the CHD IMPACT model
Martin O'Flaherty, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool

11.45

Workshops

Environmental and behavioural risk factors for cardiovascular disease in China
Doug Dockery, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Time trend of risk factors for cardiovascular disease in China
Yanping Li, Swiss Re Fellow, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Insurance product innovation around cardiovascular disease and diabetes
Himanshu Bhatia, Chief Medical Officer Asia, Swiss Re

Ensuring appropriate care: A critical challenge in health systems worldwide
Vikas Saini, President, Lown Foundation

12.30

Buffet lunch

14.00

Heart and cardiovascular disease in Asia
Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI); President, World Heart Federation

14.30

Ageing Asia's health and care (insurance) challenge
David Muiry, Head of Global Health, Swiss Re

15.00

A life course approach to ageing
Paul Ong, Health Policy and Programme Adviser, HelpAge International

15.30

Coffee break

16.00

Workshops

Heart attack, cancer and stroke: Real people's fears vs the hard reality of life
Marianne Gilchrist, Regional Director, Health Solutions, Swiss Re

China's elderly dilemma: Health and financing
David Lu, Senior Medical Officer, Swiss Re

Early life influences on non-communicable diseases
Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

The role of behavioural and environmental factors in cardiovascular disease in India
Brian Ivanovic, Manager & Senior Researcher Applied R&D, Life & Health, Swiss Re

Daniel Corsi, Swiss Re Fellow, Harvard Center for Population & Development Studies, Harvard School of Public Health

16.45

Panel discussion on health risk factors in Asia
Moderated by Christoph Nabholz, Head Business Development, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue

  • Doug Dockery, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI); President, World Heart Federation
  • Thomas Zeltner, Special Envoy for Financing, World Health Organization

17.30

Networking reception

18.30

Gala dinner

Day 3: videos & pdfs

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

THEME

LONGEVITY MODELLING

08.00

Welcome coffee

08.30

Welcome
Daniel Ryan, Head Life & Health R&D, Swiss Re

08.40

Global trends and projections for causes of death: Implications for longevity
Colin Mathers, Coordinator, Mortality and Burden of Disease, World Health Organization

09.10

Futures of healthcare: Evidence, prediction of longevity
John Wilden, CEO, Global Health Futures

09.40

Funding longer lives
Matthias Weber, Group Chief Underwriting Officer, Swiss Re

10.10

Coffee break

10.40

Workshops

Disease-based models of longevity
Daniel Ryan, Head of Life & Health R&D, Swiss Re
Florian Rechfeld, Medical Biochemist, Swiss Re
Séverine Rion, Head of Life & Health R&D Europe,Swiss Re

Influenza, heart disease and vaccine strategies
Stephen Kramer, Head of Epidemiological Research, Swiss Re

Explaining socioeconomic trends in coronary heart disease mortality in England, 2000-2007: The IMPACTsec model
Madhavi Bajekal, Senior Research Fellow, University College London

Cause-of-death mortality: Impact of cause-elimination and links between the causes
Séverine Arnold (-Gaille), Assistant Professor in Actuarial Science, University of Lausanne

11.25

Panel discussion on the future estimation of human longevity
Moderated by Daniel Ryan, Head Life & Health R&D, Swiss Re

12.10

Closing
Daniel Ryan, Head Life & Health R&D, Swiss Re

12.20

Buffet lunch

14.00

Departure

 

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