by Buck Institute
April 16, 2019 . News
Buck President and CEO Eric Verdin Appointed to President’s Advisory Council for the Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge
The National Academy of Medicine is launching a Global Grand Challenge for Healthy Longevity – a worldwide movement to increase physical, mental, and social well-being for people as they age. Dr. Verdin is pleased to join distinguished colleagues from Harvard and Stanford, as well as a network of prominent business, philanthropic, entertainment and cultural leaders, on the newly created President’s Advisory Council for the Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge.
The initiative will have two components: a prize competition to catalyze breakthrough innovations from any field, and an evidence-based report authored by an international commission. The combined objectives of the initiative are to: 1) Catalyze breakthrough ideas and research that will extend the human health span; 2) Achieve transformative and scalable innovation by translating evidence into action; 3) Provide a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities presented by global aging; and 4) Build a broad ecosystem of support.
“There is so much excitement about the field of research on aging at the National Academy of Medicine!” said Dr Verdin. “NAM President Victor Dzau has galvanized the organization about this tremendously important initiative. I am delighted that the Buck Institute will be playing a prominent role.”
Science is showing that while chronological aging is inevitable, biological aging is malleable. There's a part of it that you can fight, and we are getting closer and closer to winning that fight.
Eric Verdin, MD, Buck Institute President and CEO