Can humans live to 150?

The international Living to 100 Conference was recently held in Sydney hosted by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney. The conference brought together leaders in the field of ageing from around the globe to debate and unravel the secrets of successful ageing.

The internationally acclaimed line up of speakers included NeuRA’s CEO Professor Peter Schofield, NeuRA Senior Research Scientist, Dr Karen Mather and NeuRA Senior Research Facility Manager, Dr Claire Shepherd.

Over the two-day conference, experts deliberated on the latest research on exceptionally long-lived individuals, in particular centenarians and supercentenarians.

But the question on everyone’s lips was can humans live to the age of 150? This question was debated on day two of the conference. While some experts were pessimistic, Professor Peter Schofield, who has been studying the brain for decades is optimistic and was on the affirmative team for the debate.

“The things that may make it possible to conceive that humans will live to 150 are probably going to have to be quite innovative – they are probably going to need things like potential genetic therapies, drug therapies,” Professor Schofield told SBS News.

Conference topics included:

  • Factors for longevity
  • Theories of ageing
  • Centenarian studies around the world
  • Genomics and epigenomics
  • The ageing brain and longevity
  • Diet and the microbiome
  • Cognitive activity and exercise in living to 100
  • Social engagement and successful ageing
  • Blue Zones and Supercentenarians
  • The demographic and economic implications of exceptional longevity
  • How technology may fundamentally change the ageing experience


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