Aging and Immunity III
Organiser: Fondation Mérieux
Venue: Siena, Italy
Date: 11-13 January 2016
Prolongation of life expectancy in the 20th century has been one of humanity’s greatest triumphs. This significant increase in longevity however raises the crucial issue of healthy aging.
Infectious diseases in the elderly clearly contribute to morbidity in this particularly vulnerable population.Therefore, preventing infectious diseases is necessary for healthy aging. Given the characteristics of the immune response in the elderly, vaccines and immunization strategies tailored for this particular population are needed and should be developed.
These issues were reviewed and discussed during two meetings organized by Fondation Mérieux in Siena in September 2009 and April 2012. During these meetings, the bases for immune senescence were reviewed and the possibilities for counteracting this waning of immune responsiveness and restoring immunocompetence in the elderly were discussed. In addition, examples of diseases that should be targeted by vaccination in the senior population were considered.
Thus, inasmuch as aging represents one of the major challenges of the 21st century, vaccines specifically directed to the elderly have become a public health priority, both in developed and in developing countries. Within this context, Fondation Mérieux is organizing this third meeting on «Aging and Immunity» to review the progress made during the last 3 and ½ years. During the meeting, particular attention will be given to discussing the advances made in relation to several issues raised by participants in the 2009 and 2012 workshops and considered to be of high priority for further research efforts.