Keynote Speakers

We have great pleasure in introducing the keynote speakers for the BSG conference 2015.

Professor Tom Kirkwood CBE

‌A‌ssociate Dean for Ageing, Newcastle University, UK

Why and how are we living longer?
Tom Kirkwood is a leading researcher in the biology of ageing, whose works emphasises the opportunities for interdisciplinary co-operation. BBC Reith Lecturer in 2001 and author of the award-winning book 'Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing', Tom has contributed significantly to the national and international discourse on challenges and opportunities of population ageing.

Professor Bren Neale, AcSS

‌Professor of Life Course and Family Research, Leeds University, UK

The Flow of Lives through Time: Time and the Life course in Qualitative Longitudinal Research
Bren Neale is Director of the Economic and Social Research Council Timescapes Initiative. An ethnographer, Bren has published extensively on longitudinal qualitative research methods.  Bren has significantly contributed to advances in Qualitative Longitudinal research methods across academia, government and the voluntary sector.

Professor Yngve Gustafson

Professor of Geriatrics and Consultant at Umeå Universitetssjukhus, Sweden

Discrimination of old people causes unnecessary suffering and increased costs for society
Yngve Gustafson is Head of Department of Geriatric medicine at Umeå University and Consultant at Umeå University Hospital. His clinical and research experience spans the emergency room to home care, with a focus on improving the care of frail older people. Yngve has played a leading role in the GERDA-project, and received numerous honorary awards. He is scientific advisor to  the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and has supervised over 30 PhD students from many different professional backgrounds.

Professor Yves Joanette PhD

Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Institute of Aging, and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montréal, Canada

Transforming knowledge into wellbeing for the aging population: a Canadian perspective‌

Yves Joanette is Professor of Cognitive Neurosciences and Aging at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. He is currently the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the CIHR Lead for the CIHR Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging as well as for the CIHR dementia research strategy. He also acts as co-lead of other CIHR initiatives on eHealth and on Work and Health. He sits on many international advisory and management boards, including European initiatives in which Canada participates. Yves is member of the World Dementia Council. As a scientist, he has been Scholar and Scientist of the Canadian Medical Research Council and has received many distinctions, including the André-Dupont Award, and the Eve-Kassier Award for exceptional professional accomplishment.He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and holds an honorary doctorate from Université Lumière in Lyon, France