Significant progress has been made over recent years in the scientific study of aging. Researchers now have a better understanding of how aging increases the likelihood and severity of many diseases. A number of promising techniques are under development, with the potential to slow down or even reverse many aspects of aging, resulting in healthier, longer lives. Unfortunately, this research faces a number of bottlenecks. However, political initiatives could resolve these bottlenecks, and accelerate the attainment of what has been called "the longevity dividend".
That's the view of Attila Csordas, who is standing for election as an MEP representing the UK's East England region, on a platform of "advancing health and longevity". Attila advocates four steps:
1.) Place the topic of healthy longevity into the public limelight, encouraging political innovation to quickly speed up ongoing scientific and technological innovation in biomedicine and associated fields
2.) Provide an additional 30 billion euros, yearly for the cause of healthy longevity research, out of the EU budget
3.) Set up a coordinated European Institute for Healthy Longevity Research
4.) Establish accessible education programmes for everybody, to increase the awareness of people of all ages about biological aging and the advances towards healthy longevity.
For more information about Attila and his campaign, see http://longevitypolitics.global/.
For a list of the candidates for election in the East of England constituency, see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48081343 (seven will be selected).
** In this London Futurists live video hangout, Attila will be answering questions about his campaign - including links he has established with the Party for Health Research in Germany. **
To attend this video hangout, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEzCDZmBkyA, where you will be able to view the discussion live. The discussion will start at 8:30pm UK time, Sunday 5th May.
Viewers will be able to submit text questions in real-time, in the live chat window.