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Aging, Medicine and Society: Disease Prediction of Neurodegenerative Disorders

20. Januar
10:00 Uhr

Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (ceres)



Aging, Medicine and SocietyUnderstanding, Shaping, Managing Longevity

On-Demand Series on Aging and Society
A Joint Lecture Series of Keio and Cologne Universities

Longevity in Japan and Germany Japan and Germany share the experience of a particularly ap-parent demographic change. With a life expectancy of 85 years in Japan and 81 years in Germany and an almost identical ave-rage age of 47.2 years of populations in both countries, Japan and Germany share common chances, problems and questions. As a result, constantly rising life expectancy and an increasing variety of different lifestyles pose new challenges in terms of content and structure in areas such as education, work, health care, housing and culture. At the same time, new technologies and insights into the biology of aging make the promise of ever-higher human age seem as much in reach as never before.

  • But how should we react to demographic change? Are our societies prepared for the needs of an aging population?
  • How can we use the medical advances in order to not only prolong life, but also ensure a high quality of life in old age?
  • How can we ensure dignified aging, and how can areas of our lives be adapted to meet the changed structures?

These and other questions are the focus of this joint lecture series on Aging by Keio University/Tokyo, and the University of Cologne who share particularly strong research fields dedica-ted to aging-associated issues. The lecture series will present different perspectives including medicine, economics, psycholo-gy, gerontology, care, ethics and law. Each lecture will be held jointly by a German and a Japanese expert, giving insights into ongoing or recently completed research projects, and can be viewed on demand and at your discretion. Students in both countries are invited to actively participate in the discussion by submitting questions which will be answered by the experts in a follow-up Q&A recording.

Further information:


November 4, 2020

How to Age “Successfully” and “Productively”?
Moderator: Björn Schmitz-Luhn (Cologne)

Impacts of Retirement and Working Hours on Health Outcomes
Colin McKenzie, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

A State-Wide Study on People over 80 Years of Age
Roman Kaspar, Scientific Coordinator of the “NRW 80+” Study, ceres, University of Cologne

November 11, 2020

Increasing Life Expectancy and Implications
Moderator: Yoko Ibuka (Keio)

Mortality Projection Models for Japan
Futoshi Ishii, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

Aging and the Question of the Good Life – The CHAPO Model of Quality of Life in Old Age
Christiane Woopen, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, and Executive Director of ceres, University of Cologne

November 18, 2020

Aging and Care for the Elderly
Moderator: Colin McKenzie (Keio)

SES and Informal Care Provision to Parents in Japan
Yoko Ibuka, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

Care Models in Germany
Sascha Köpke, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne

November 25, 2020

The Effects of Longevity – Economics and Society
Moderator: Yoko Ibuka (Keio)

Macroeconomic Implications of Longevity Risk
Shigenori Shiratsuka, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

Changing Norms in an Aging Society
Peter Bröckerhoff, Coordinator “NoWa” Research Project, ceres, University of Cologne

December 2, 2020

Shaping Lives for Old Age
Moderator: Björn Schmitz-Luhn (Cologne)

Regulation of Aging Related Diseases via Optimal Nutrition
Kazuo Tsubota, Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University

Living a Life up to Old Age – Central Concepts of High Age
Susanne Zank, Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Cologne

December 9, 2020

The Process of Ageing – and How to Deal with It
Moderator: Saskia Jünger (Cologne)

Significance of NAD/Sirtuins in Non-Communicable Disea-ses (NCD) and Metabo-Aging
Hiroshi Itoh, Professor, Department of Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine

How to Deal with Risks – Health and Risk Literacy
Saskia Jünger, Coordinator Key Research Area “Health Literacy in Complex Environments”, ceres, University of Cologne; Professor, University for Health, Bochum, Germany (pdg.)

December 16, 2020

Technology to Support the Aging Society
Moderator: Colin McKenzie (Keio) From Wearable Assistive Gears to Stimulating Stroke Patients’ Brains
Junichi Ushiba, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

Technology and Parkinson’s Disease: iCARE-PD
Johanne Stümpel, Coordinator “iCARE-PD” Research Project, ceres, University of Cologne

January 6, 2021

Alzheimer‘s and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Moderator: Colin McKenzie (Keio)

Alzheimer and non-Alzheimer Neurocognitive Disorders
Masaru Mimura, Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Keio University

Recent Findings on Alzheimer’s Disease
Frank Jessen, Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic of Psychiatry and Psycho-therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne

January 13, 2021

The Human Skin – a Barrier for Substances, and Self-Determination
Moderator: Björn Schmitz-Luhn (Cologne)

Skin Barrier and its Homeostatic Mechanisms
Masayuki Amagai, Professor of the Department of Dermatology, Keio University

What to Let through my Skin – Current Approaches to Consent for Medical Treatment
Sebastian Müller, Coordinator Key Research Area „Health and Society in a Digital Age“, ceres, University of Cologne

January 20, 2021

Disease Prediction of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Moderator: Vanessa Romotzky (Cologne)

Disease Modeling of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Hideyuki Okano, Dean of the Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University

An Ethical Framework for Information, Counseling and Understanding – Prediction of Alzheimer’s Disease by Biomarker Diagnostics
Carolin Schwegler, Coordinator “PreDADQoL” Research Project, ceres, University of Cologne; Assistant Professor, University of Koblenz

January 27, 2021

Shaping Healthcare for the 21st Century
Moderator: Colin McKenzie (Keio)

Healthcare Value Revolution
Hiroaki Miyata, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Keio University School of Medicine

Just and Effective Health Care – State-Sponsored Health Insurance Systems and the Use of Resources
Björn Schmitz-Luhn, ceres, University of Cologne; Associate Professor, FOM University Essen

Sessions will be made available on demand by 10 a.m. in ILIAS on the scheduled date.
Program is subject to change as needed. Please post your questions and remarks on ILIAS within one week after the session.