Vergangenes Meetup

New Year’s Resolutions for 2017: An Invitation to Healthy Aging

Dieses Meetup liegt in der Vergangenheit

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We are starting the year with a celebration - Health 2.0 Berlin is 5! And we are celebrating with a meetup:

In the time of constant (exponential) movement, nothing is so exciting as to staying healthy as we age. Still, despite real progress in medicine helping us to live healthier and longer than ever, there is no magic bullet in sight that could turn years back or even stop aging.

If we conquer illness, can we also look at aging as such? What if we rethink our current understanding of aging by beginning at the cellular level and reorganizing our body’s ability to regenerate? How artificial intelligence and robotics are having a transformative impact on a process of aging? And what are the ways to disrupt longevity? There are still plenty of unanswered questions and so much to do!

With support of Health 2.0 Berlin, SingularityU Berlin Chapter presents its first chapter event and together with international leading experts in medicine, life sciences, entrepreneurship and IT technologies would like to invite you to an exciting journey in the world of “healthy aging”.

We will start with a comprehensive overview on aging given by Maneesh Juneja ( , Digital Health Futurist from London, UK followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Hans-Christian Gunga (, Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments at Charite, Berlin, Germany; Dr. Sara Wickström (, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany; John Crawford ( IBM Watson Healthcare Technology Europe; Daniel Nathrath (, Founder and CEO of Ada Digital Health Ltd., UK/Germany.

18:30 Doors open
19:00 Welcome and Intro
19:10 Presentation by Maneesh Juneja
19:40 Panel discussion
20:45 Networking


Maneesh Juneja ( Digital Health Futurist from London, UK

Maneesh Juneja is a Digital Health Futurist who explores the convergence of emerging technologies to see how they can make the world a healthier and happier place. In 2016, he was ranked 7th most influential in Digital Health, and at the beginning of 2015, Maneesh Juneja was ranked 10th most influential in Wearable Technology. In 2012, he left the security of his career at GlaxoSmithKline, to immerse himself in the new world of Digital Health. In the same year, Maneesh also founded the Health 2.0 London Chapter, which has since become the UK’s largest grassroots health tech community. In a career spanning 20 years, Maneesh has worked with data to improve decision-making across a number of industries. From supporting the Whitehall study at University College London, managing the Tesco database at DunnHumby, and most recently, working with the world’s largest U.S. & European patient databases at GlaxoSmithKline R&D.

Prof. Hans-Christian Gunga (, Center for Space Medicine and Extreme Environments at Charite, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Gunga started his career at the Department of Physiology at the Free University of Berlin, Germany in 1987 with experimental and clinical cardio-vascular studies in humans such as during bed rest, head-down tilt and extensive physical exercise. He performed studies on intravascular-interstitial fluid shifts, plasma volume and red blood cell mass control as well as renal physiology in humans under extreme environmental and physical conditions including research in Antarctica and space. The results have been published in high ranked scientific journals such as Journal of Applied Physiology, Lancet, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Since 2001 Gunga focused his research fields on thermoregulation and heat balance in humans in extreme environments. He has been involved in several space missions (D-1, D-2, MIR, ISS) and is currently ESA Principal Investigator of the Circadian Rhythm experiment on the International Space Station which will last until 2018. His recent published books “Nathan Zuntz” and “Human Physiology in Extreme Environments” received the “Life Science Book Award” of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Prof. Gunga is currently deputy director of the Department of Physiology of the Charite University Medicine Berlin, speaker of the Center of Space Medicine and Extreme Environments, and among others Member of Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für das Sanitäts- und Gesundheitswesen beim Bundesminister für Verteidigung (Wehrmedizinischer Beirat) (Medical Advisory Board of the Military Medical Service of the German Federal Ministry of Defense) and Chairman of the “Programausschuss des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)”.

Dr. Sara A. Wickström (, Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany

Sara Wickström studied medicine at the University of Helsinki, Finland and absolved a M.D/PhD. program receiving her MD in 2001 and PhD in 2004. In 2010 she was appointed as a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany. Her research addresses a set of fundamental questions in the fields of regenerative medicine and cancer biology: What are the mechanisms that control the stem cell state? How can this phenotype be dynamically adapted to the changing need of an organ/organism? How are the unique properties of stem cells harnessed during malignant transformation and compromised during aging? Her group uses mammalian skin epidermis as a model to study how stem cell behaviour, tissue morphogenesis, and homeostasis is controlled by cell and tissue-level mechanics as well as by chemical and physical interactions between different cell types and the extracellular matrix. In addition, she investigates how these processes are perturbed during ageing and age-related disease such as cancer.

John Crawford ( IBM Healthcare Industry Expert & IBM Industry Academy Member

John is a member of IBM’s global Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry team, with a specific focus on the European market. He is also a member of the IBM Industry Academy, and the IBM Faculty Academy.
He advises and contributes to a number of European and Global healthcare IT industry associations, including COCIR, Continua. He is the lead IBM contributor for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging (Action Area B3 – Integrated Care), and is one of several IBM executive sponsors of EIT Health, a European alliance for healthy living and active ageing.
John is President, since January 2016, of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), a multi-stakeholder membership organisation dedicated to the promotion of eHealth and new models of care. He is also a Board Member of HIMSS for the period April 2016 to June 2018.
He is often invited to provide expert commentary about developments in eHealth, Big Data and Analytics, and has spoken at many conferences and events over the past 10 years. These include HIMSS conferences in Europe and the USA, the European Health Forum Gastein, EU eHealth Week, the HIMSS CIO Summit, the European Telemedicine Conference, the European Society of Cardiology Congress, and the NHS Confederation Conference. In 2012 he contributed to the World Economic Forum report on Sustainable Healthcare Systems. He also edited the chapter on ‘Open Innovation in eHealth’ for the InnovaHealth report published by the Cyprus Presidency in 2012
With over 35 years experience in the IT Industry, he is a strong advocate for the transformation of healthcare using information technology, and he regularly briefs press and analysts on IBM’s Healthcare Business, eHealth and Digital Health.

Daniel Nathrath (, Founder and CEO of Ada Digital Health Ltd., UK/Germany

Daniel has lived and worked in Germany, Denmark, the UK and the USA as Founder, Managing Director and General Counsel at several internet startups. He also spent some years as a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He trained as a lawyer in Germany and the USA, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.

About SingularityU Berlin Chapter:

SingularityU Berlin Chapter is a local chapter and community organization of Singularity University (SU). SU is the benefit corporation behind a global community of innovators who share a mission to solve the world's greatest challenges. The SU Community comprises individuals, business, institutions, investors, and NGOs in over 110 countries. The SU platform is a unique combination of services that consists of educational programs in exponentially advancing technologies, as well as innovation programs to support collaboration and initiatives leveraging those technologies to positively impact billions of lives globally.