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Vienna—An international expert panel of the United Nations (UN) meeting here last month took the first steps toward creating a global research agenda for aging. The project aims to influence funders and governments to pay more systematic attention to aging in individuals and populations in both developed and developing countries.
The International Association of Gerontology convened the meeting as part of the UN's International Year of Older Persons, with funding from the Novartis Foundation for Gerontological Research. A group of leading clinicians, epidemiologists, social researchers, and biologists—as well as representatives of the UN, the World Health Organization, the European Community, and the US National Academy of Sciences—produced a draft set of priorities that will be developed over the next 18 months for consideration by the UN General Assembly.
Swan N. Aging Research on the International Agenda. JAMA. 1999;281(9):784. doi:10.1001/jama.281.9.784-JMN0303-3-1