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Guest Lecture by Walter Bortz

TILDA was delighted to welcome a delegation from the Korean Longitudinal Study on Ageing (KLoSA) to Dublin on 29th November. KLoSA is administered by the Korean Employment Information Service. It collects information on a sample of over 10,000 Koreans aged 45+ years and has just completed its fourth wave of data collection. TILDA Principal Investigator, Professor Rose Anne Kenny, presented an overview of the TILDA study design, progress to date and key findings.

The visiting researchers and managers were then taken on a tour of the on-site Health Assessment Centre, where they were shown some of the measures used in the TILDA Health Assessment. The delegation and the TILDA team also discussed the issues associated with the administration of a detailed health assessment, its feasibility in KLoSA and areas of common research interest between KLoSA and TILDA.

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Recognized as one of America’s most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity Dr. Walter Bortz's research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging. Dr. Bortz has published over 130 medical articles and authored numerous books, including We Live Too Short and Die Too Long, Dare to Be 100, and Living Longer for Dummies, and Diabetes Danger. Dr. Bortz is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association’s Task Force on Aging, former President of The American Geriatric Society and is currently Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, as well as a Senior Advisor to Healthy Silicon Valley, a community collaborative effort which addresses the soaring incidence of obesity and diabetes.