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The Global Healthspan Foundation has Begun Outreach in Thailand
BANGKOK, THAILAND- 7 May 2018:
The Global Healthspan Foundation (GHF) announced today it would begin outreach in Thailand with participating hospitals, universities, institutions and public and private sectors for the advancement of the study of genomics, lifestyle research and age-related disease.
The Global Healthspan Foundation is an international non-profit organization collaborating with global leaders in genetics, epigenetics, and wellness. “We want to assemble a core team in the fields of healthspan and aging whose scientific activities in Thailand will be further enhanced by the Global Healthspan Foundation,” said Aimon Kopera MD, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
“Today’s modern technologies and advances in medicine make it possible to extend a person’s lifespan for years. But simply extending lifespan is not enough. Globally, unhealthy-aging populations live longer, but their rising health and habilitative services costs make it imperative for all of us to extend healthspan,” Dr. Kopera added.
Human healthspan is associated with many factors. For example, the interplay of negative lifestyle and environmental factors can result in epigenetic changes accelerating age-related disease.
“We need to further understand how negative epigenetic changes can be reversed with lifestyle modification,” Dr. Kopera said. “The epigenome can and does change during the life course as part of normal development and in response to many life factors,” Dr. Kopera explained. “Epigenetics provides an attractive concept for such mediators as food, drink, movement, and mind because the epigenome has dynamic features that may be altered by lifestyle, environmental and nutritional influences,” she said.
The Global Healthspan Foundation (GHF) was formally launched in January of this year in cooperation with private and public partnerships and research collaborations in the United States with the mission to empower people around the world to live healthier, longer, and happier lives.
The Foundation intends to follow approximately 1,000,000 men, women and children from all over the world, for at least 10 years. With the data collected, health professionals and the public will be able to better understand and identify the specific genetic and epigenetic predictors of health and wellness, aging, and lifestyle-related diseases.
The Global Healthspan Foundation (GHF) will fund longitudinal assessments of human aging associated with epigenetic changes, resulting in alterations of gene expression. The potential reversibility of these epigenetic changes offers exciting opportunities to alter the trajectory of age-related diseases and promote mental and physical wellbeing.
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