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Joining forces on mortality and longevity

The Committee organised a multidisciplinary conference on mortality and longevity in Edinburgh in October 2009. The conference brought together leading academics, researchers and practitioners in actuarial and medical science to consider, debate and share knowledge about longevity and mortality.

This conference was chaired by Professor Tom Kirkwood, and focused on three work streams:

  • Drivers for change (Leader: Stephen Richards FFA, Richards Consulting)
  • Individualised risk (Leader: Professor Diana Kuh, Director of the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing and of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development)
  • Cohorts (Leader: Professor Carol Jagger, University of Leicester)

The conference addressed a number of wide-ranging topics, including:

  • genetic predisposition for a healthy long life
  • are we ageing better at the highest ages?
  • lifetime body size and mortality risk
  • the impact of lifestyle on longevity

Papers from the conference have been published in vol 15 of British Actuarial Journal in 2010. To find out more about the conference, please download the conference brochure.

Contact Details

For more information about mortality and longevity events please contact the Research and Knowledge Team.

research@actuaries.org.uk