Tohoku Forum on Aging Science:

The most critical issue of the super aging society is to achieve “Smart Aging”, which is a state where people can maintain both their physical and mental vigor, while continuing to develop their intellectual activities and social relations.

Scientists are strongly encouraged to create new approaches and strategies to achieve “Smart Aging” by solving miscellaneous problems and obstacles. In order to accomplish this, we are promoting inter-disciplinary collaboration in the fields of biological, medical, and social sciences to create a form of science that specifically focuses on aging, which is the ultimate goal of this forum.

Moreover, we have set three goals: 1) to understand the molecular mechanisms of aging at a cellular and organismal level; 2) to understand brain aging in-depth; and lastly, 3) to understand the social and economical problems surrounding an aging society. This forum will inspire all participants by exposing them to new interdisciplinary perspectives in aging science, and in turn, to develop the science of “Smart Aging”.

 

Intellectual merit:

This forum will not only provide one of the best opportunities to understand the different perspectives and approaches to aging research, but it will also provide a golden opportunity for a comprehensive view from various scientific perspectives to fundamentally determine the future path of “Smart Aging”. We also strive to provide a cutting edge platform to apply knowledge from the fields of molecular biology, brain science, preventive medicine, ethics, psychology and sociology to the science of aging.

 

Broader impact:

Understanding the mechanisms of aging will eventually lead to the elucidation of aging-related diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, including methods for its prevention and treatment. In addition, understanding brain aging has a profound impact on molecular biology as well as medicine and epidemiology. The integrative conceptual framework and agenda of the current aging society raises various opinions and discussions on how we should take the next step into the future.

 

Potential interactions with other fields:

Molecular understanding of aging is expected to provide a rationale in the field of health science to develop and propose a new regimen for a healthier lifestyle. It also contributes to drug discovery that aims to regulate the aging processes and/or aging-related diseases. Lastly, we want to bridge bioinformatics and preventive medicine in addition to molecular biology and epidemiology. These bridges will develop new research opportunities not only in academia, but may also give rise to other potentially non-academic sectors to benefit society.