The Coquetdale University of the Third Age (U3A) is very privileged to have Professor Tom Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Ageing at Newcastle University, to speak to us on Monday, September 21, in the Jubilee Institute.
Tom Kirkwood came to Newcastle as Professor of Medicine from Manchester University in 1999 with a remit to develop the basic science of ageing, bio-gerontology. He has written two landmark books, ‘Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing’ and ‘The End of Age: Why Everything About Ageing Is Changing’.
His leadership in the field was recognised by being selected to give the 2001 Reith Lecture on BBC Radio 4.
In 2004 Professor Kirkwood was appointed special adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. In 2009 he was awarded the CBE.
He has said: “Ageing is the biggest challenge as we progress further into the 21st century. It’s a challenge that contains within it a threat; that if we don’t take action quickly enough, in the right kind of way, then what is unquestionably humanity’s greatest success – doubling life expectancy in the last 200 years – could become a real problem.”
The meeting is open to non-members for a charge of £3. All are welcome.