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An analysis of diabetes mortality and morbidity risk

This important research project is being commissioned by the IFoA’s Actuarial Research Centre (ARC), Pacific Life RePartner Re, Swiss ReLegal & General and Zurich Insurance Group. Independent academic guidance for this research project is also being provided by Professor Les Mayhew from Cass Business School, City, University of London.

Project summary

The last decade has seen significant advances in treatments for Type 2 diabetes. Yet, the long-term impact of these advances is not yet fully appreciated. Currently available risk estimates are derived from data that is over ten years old. The insurance industry underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. 

The overarching aim of this research project is to develop a deeper understanding of the risks associated with a diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and the impact of recent improved treatments. It is hoped that this research will help the insurance industry appreciate and use current data and studies when considering diabetic risks, and ultimately could support individuals with diabetes to gain better access to insurance.

Project Steering Group

A project Steering Group, including representation from the partner organisations, has been set up to oversee the delivery and quality assurance of this commissioned, independent research project.

The project Steering Group will ensure that the project delivers research outputs that are of a high quality and in line with expectations, producing findings that are relevant to the actuarial community, industry and other key stakeholder groups.

The project Steering Group reports into the IFoA’s Research and Thought Leadership Board.

Call for Tender 

The project Steering Group invited research teams and organisations to submit proposals to undertake this commissioned piece of research.  

The closing date for research proposals was 12.00 BST on Monday 27 July 2020.

The project Steering Group will now be reviewing the proposals received. 

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  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

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    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

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    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

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    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

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    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.