S. Jay Olshansky, an expert on aging whose research focuses on the upper limits of the human life span, will speak at Wake Forest University on Thursday, March 17.
Part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, the talk will begin at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Auditorium located in Farrell Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Voices of Our Time is a guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers — including scholars, scientists, writers, business and public policy leaders, activists and religious leaders — for discussions about timely national and international issues.
Olshansky’s talk is titled, “A Matter of Time: Aging, Health and Longevity in the 21st Century.” He will also serve as the keynote speaker for “Aging Re-Imagined,” a comprehensive and interdisciplinary symposium that addresses the topic of aging in our society and begins earlier in the afternoon.
“Olshansky’s address and the symposium highlight the intersection of important work on the subject of aging that translates across our campus to the School of Medicine,” said Wake Forest President Nathan O Hatch.
Olshansky has been working with colleagues in the biological sciences to develop the modern “biodemographic paradigm” of mortality – an effort to understand the biological nature of the survival and dying out processes of living organisms.
The focus of his research has been on estimates of the upper limits to human longevity, exploring the health and public policy implications associated with individual and population aging, forecasts of the size, survival, and age structure of the population, pursuit of the scientific means to slow aging in people, and global implications of the re-emergence of infectious and parasitic diseases, and insurance linked securities.
Olshansky is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago concentrating on biodemography and gerontology. He is also a research associate at the Center on Aging (University of Chicago) and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences and Biogerontology and is a member of the editorial boards of several other scientific journals.
Olshansky has provided dozens of interviews on the topic with top science magazines and national media outlets, presented at the Nobel Conference on the Science of Aging, and is co-author of an e-book, “A Measured Breath of Life,” that explores the question as to whether or not there is a biologically based limit to the duration of our lives.