Much has happened in 2018 but the main elements are the following:
WHO’s Health strategy re-orientation towards aging: what a success!
WHO had surprisingly missed the point about aging and healthy longevity in their worldwide health program for the forthcoming decades. Luckily they opened the debate and we could tell the obvious. We all strongly contributed. Daria Khaltourina started strongly, Edouard Debonneuil spent two week-end recruting people one by one to vote, LEAF & Elena Milova in particular accompanied and lead to many more votes, and then Ilia Stambler did an absolutely ex-tra-or-dinary job, accompanied by various researchers and communities : all wonderfully contributed.
And WHO rectified their orientation! John Beard’s tweet is amazing: https://twitter.com/DrJohnBeard/status/938418218473082881
- PROPOSAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY ALLIANCE TO CLASSIFY AGING AS A DISEASE IN ICD-11 HAS BEEN PARTIALLY IMPLEMENTED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
In June 2018 the World Health Organization released the new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The previous version, ICD-10, was released in 1983 and ICD-11 shall similarly be a standard for years to come. With ICD-11, ICD now includes an extension code “Ageing-Related” (XT9T) for ageing-related diseases, implying the recognition of aging as a major disease risk factor by the World Health Organization.
This “ageing-related” extension is the result of a proposal by the International Longevity Alliance (ILA), the Biogerontology Research Foundation (BGRF) and the Council for Public Health and the Problems of Demography, submitted through the ICD-11 Maintenance Platform. The new code “Ageing-related” can be added to any other relevant condition listed in the ICD-11. It can also be used in the formation of newly recognized conditions, such as “Ageing-related primary immunodeficiency”, “Ageing-related lung atrophy”, etc. Some of these conditions are already incorporated into ICD-11, while others can be created in the future as permanent codes, as needed. A list of 77 ageing-related conditions is showed on the right side of this page, they should now be proposed to the World Health Organization and used in pharmaceutical developments and medical practice.
The International Classification of Diseases is essential for the registration of new drugs and therapies, and the absence of aging and the lack of aging-related conditions in the previous round of ICD revision (ICD-10) was a major barrier for the development of life and healthspan-extending interventions. ICD-10 had a code called “Senility”, now replaced by “Old age” in ICD-11, but it was not concrete enough to be used.
The new code “Ageing-related” can be added to any other condition listed in the ICD-11, and can also be used in the formation of newly recognized conditions, such as “Ageing-related primary immunodeficiency”, “Ageing-related lung atrophy”, etc. Some of these conditions are already incorporated into ICD-11, while others can be created in the future as permanent codes, as needed. This can create new opportunities for the development and registration of innovative anti-aging biomedical technologies.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGING AND DISEASE
On October 6, 2018, the International Longevity Alliance organized a special session on “Public support for aging research” during the International Conference on Aging and Disease in Nice, France.
- WINNERS OF THE LONGEVITY FILM COMPETITION
The Longevity Film Competition is an international event created to help convey the importance of addressing age-related disease.
The jury is composed of filmmakers, scientists, successful entrepreneurs and experts in the fields of regenerative medicine, aging and longevity.
The winners were:
- First Prize: The end of Aging
- Second Prize: Mintiendo al tiempo
- Third Prize: « 8 years on » (My Father)
First Prize: 10,000 dollars