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Programme

Time and aging, mechanisms and meanings

5-6 November 2004, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Friday, 5 November
08:00-08:45

Registration

08:45-09:00

Welcome address from Fotis C Kafato, Director General, EMBL

Session I:

Biology of time and aging: state of the art

Roland Prinzinger (Chair), University of Frankfurt, Germany

09:00-09:45

Tom Kirkwood, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
Times of our lives: what controls length of life?

09:45-10:30

Ueli Schibler, University of Geneva, Switzerland
The time measuring systems of cells and organisms

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:45

Mario Capecchi, University of Utah, USA
Use of the mouse to study human longevity

11:45-13:00

Lunch


Saturday, 6 November

Session III:

Science and the industry of anti-aging

Laura Helmuth (Chair), Smithsonian Magazine, Washington, USA

09:00-09:35

Charles McConnel, University of Texas, Austin, USA
The anti-aging economy – prospects and problems

09:35-10:10

Suresh Rattan, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Aging Intervention: prevention or therapy?

10:10-10:40

Coffee break

10:40-11:15

Paolo Giacomoni, Estée Lauder Companies, NY, USA
Aging, industry and policies: the cosmetic point of view

11:15-11:50

Kári Stefánsson, deCODE Genetics, Reykjavik, Iceland
Genetics of longevity in Iceland

11:50-13:30

Lunch
(Projection of a film by J. F. Brunet:The Life and Times of Life and Times)


Session IV:

Transcendence or transgressions?

Geoff Watts(Chair), BBC Science Editor, London, UK

13:30-14:15

Alex Mauron, University of Geneva, Switzerland
The choosy reaper: from the myth of eternal youth to the reality of unequal death

14:15-15:00

Arthur Caplan, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Is there anything immoral about wanting to live forever?

15:00-15:45

Debbora Battaglia, Mount Holyoke College, MA, USA
A futurology of science and religion: immortality re-imagined

15:45-16:15

Coffee break

16:15-17:45

Panel discussion

Gary Ruvkun, Harvard Medical School, USA
Karin Knorr Cetina, University of Constance, Germany
Donald Bruce, Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

17:45-18:00

Closing remarks
Frank Gannon, Executive Director, EMBO