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The lecture is part of BIME's 40th anniversary celebrations
The lecture is part of BIME's 40th anniversary celebrations
The lecture is entitled 'Engineering a better quality of older life'
The lecture is entitled 'Engineering a better quality of older life'

Press Release - 01 October 2008

Fortieth anniversary lecture to explore age-related quality of life

Local people are invited to a free public lecture exploring the challenges facing medical engineering in the quest to extend life expectancy, at the University of Bath on Friday 10 October 2008 at 7pm (8 West, 1.1).

It is widely known that life expectancy is increasing. What is less well known is that the ageing process is more easily influenced than previously understood.

In this lecture, entitled Engineering a better quality of older life, Professor Tom Kirkwood, Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University, will explore how the ageing process is influenced by a broad range of lifestyle and environmental factors.

He will also examine how industry can deliver new technologies to address the challenge of an ageing population and discuss its impact on university medical engineering teams.

“The challenge in medical engineering is to identify how innovations can be developed that will enhance health span and age-related quality of life,” said Professor Kirkwood.

“Engineers have an important role to play in unravelling the intrinsic complexity of ageing.”

Professor Kirkwood has published more than 300 scientific papers and won several international prizes for his research. He has also held the role of specialist advisor to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee.

The lecture has been organised by the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) and is part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. The local charity has been designing and developing innovative assistive technology for people with disabilities since 1968.

BIME is an independent organisation and is funded by charitable donations and research grants. The institute is linked with the University of Bath and works closely with its School for Health and its Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Admission for the lecture is free but tickets need to be reserved from Stephanie Marshall on 01225 383659. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture starts at 7pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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