Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan joins us to transform our understanding of why we age and die – and ask what we can do about it.
Would you want to live forever?
We are living through a revolution in biology. Giant strides are being made in our understanding of why we age and die, and why some species live longer than others. In the last decade alone, tens of billions of dollars have been invested in anti-ageing start-ups, and the world’s biggest tech moguls – from Musk to Bezos to Zuckerberg – are excited.
Examining recent scientific breakthroughs, world leading molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan will show us how cutting-edge efforts to extend lifespan by altering our natural biology raise profound questions. Although we might not like it, does death serve a necessary biological purpose? As science advances, we have much to gain – but might we also have much to lose? And most important of all: how can we increase our chances of living long, healthy and fulfilled lives?
Praise for Venki Ramakrishnan’s Why We Die:
‘Utterly fascinating. Clear, enthralling and packed with insights.’ – Bill Bryson
‘A thrilling ride through the science of ageing and death. A must read.’ – Stephen Fry
This event is presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine. The RSM is one of the UK’s leading providers of continuing learning for healthcare professionals. They bring people together to have the medical conversations that matter. Their vision is “Better Healthcare for Better Lives” and as a registered charity and membership organisation they aim to achieve this by sharing learning and supporting innovation across all areas of healthcare.