Under The Patronage of the Supreme Council of Health President AGU Hosts First Anti-Aging Conference

Under The Patronage of the Supreme Council of Health President AGU Hosts First Anti-Aging Conference

His Excellency the President of the Supreme Council of Health Lieutenant General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa patronised the opening ceremony of the first Anti-Aging Conference, which was inaugurated at the Princess Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim Centre for Molecular Medicine, Genetics and Inherited Disorders in the Arabian Gulf University (AGU). The ceremony was attended by experts and academics from Bahrain, GCC states and other countries.
Organising the conference comes at a time when the latest statistics and studies predicted an increase in the percentage of elderlies from five percent to 20 percent by the year 2030. These figures are expected to have a great impact on the workforce, social care and healthcare systems, and the requirements of retirement.
In his opening speech, Lt. Gen. Dr. Shaikh Mohammed highlighted the global efforts dedicated to reduce the effects of aging and increasing the average age for humans.
He said that despite the fact that aging is unstoppable, but anti-aging medicine seeks the achievement of many people’s ambition to maintain youth through following different treatment methods that help delay aging such as gene therapy, regenerative medicine and cosmetic surgery.
Moreover, he continued by saying that even though aging is a vital process that impacts cells over time, as it become unable to divide and regenerate itself, anti-aging medicine attempts to stop this process and renew it. There are attempts to extend human life to 150 years, according to research centers around the world. It is certain that anti-aging medicine cannot perform miracles at the moment, but it is working to combat aging and slowing down the process. Researchers have achieved noticeable progress in this area.
He explained further saying that genetic and regenerative treatment, as well as supplements, are considered some of the most important methods used in the fight against aging, as they are utilised to slow down the aging of the cell, leading to the delay of aging.
On his part, AGU President Dr. Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohaly emphasised that AGU works to become a leading regional educational hub in the different fields of science, adding that the university continuously attract new medical sciences, outlining the future of medicine in the GCC region.
Dr. Al Ohaly mentioned that the university had adopted several new medical specialisations in recent years, such as genetic medicine, personalised medicine and most recently the stem-cells medicine. He added that AGU is planning to provide the specialisation of digital medicine in the near future.
He explained that this issue, aging, is consistent with the demographic changes taking place in GCC states, where the elderly currently do not exceed five percent of the community, while the percentage is expected to reach 20 percent of the total population by the year 2030. This requires the adoption of innovative scientific solutions to deal with aging,
Conference Director Professor Moiz Bakhiet explained that the conference gathers experts from Bahrain and GCC countries, in addition to other countries such as Japan, Canada, Austria, Denmark, the UK and the US.
He said that the presence of such prominent experts with us here today is a great opportunity to strengthen bonds and establish solid scientific cooperation relations between AGU and reputed international institutions. The conference will discuss several scientific researches and scholarly articles in the fields of brain science, anti-aging, hormone therapy, stem cell applications, gene therapy, efficacy of nutritional treatments,and many other topics related to aging.

Source : agu.edu.bh