Public lecture: The future of healthcare - population and personalised medicine

When and where

27 March 2018
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

Past event

Public lecture: The future of healthcare - population and personalised medicine

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) will use a generous £2,500 gift from the Patron's Fund to support a special public lecture on ageing delivered by Sir Muir Gray.


6pm Arrival refreshments (tea and coffee)

6.30pm Lecture starts

7.30pm Lecture finishes

The Patron's Fund is the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which the Queen acts as a patron.

Billions of dollars have been spent on regenerative medicine and the search for an elexir of life but do people really want to live to be 120?   Since 1948 the expectation of life has increased from three score and ten years to four score years.  There is still a huge gap in life expectancy between the wealthiest and the poorest sections of society, reflecting underlying social determinants, with the NHS unable to make much impact on this gap.  Increasingly however the focus is shifting from life expectancy to healthy life expectancy.
There has been much debate about the impact of population ageing on society and on the NHS.  The assumption has been that an increase in very elderly people will mean a proportionate increase in the number of people requiring social care.  However what is now emerging is that we should no longer think of prevention as simply being the prevention of disease but also the prevention of disability, dementia, frailty and dependency.  The focus for all of us as healthcare providers and as individuals has to be on living better longer rather than simply living longer.  There is strong evidence is that we can do this but to do this we have to understand what is happening inside us.