The Marbella Conference Center has hosted this Thursday a new day of the Summer Courses of the University of Malaga (UMA), where a seminar dedicated to the healthy aging and the importance of life habits such as diet, exercise or mental activities, as reported by the General Foundation (FGUMA).

The researcher at the Institute of Clinical Immunology and Cellular Therapy (ImmuneStem) of Malaga, Antonio J. Villatoro, leads together with José Becerra, Professor of Cellular Biology at the University of Malaga, the seminar that addresses how to promote and maintain functional capacity that allows well-being in old age.

“He aging is 25 percent genes and 75 percent lifestyle habits. This is a long-distance race, if we take care of our entire structure, we will ensure that those genes that can promote aging fall asleep. There is no magic pill that keeps us young for life, there is a genetic limitation. We have managed to increase life expectancy, at the beginning of the century it was 30 years and today it is 80”, explained Villatoro.

Along these lines, he has stated that Spain is one of the countries in the world with the highest life expectancy: “In ten or fifteen years we will go to number one and between 2040 and 2050 almost 40 percent of the Spanish population will be over 65 years old,” he assured.

“This supposes a terrible health, social and economic challenge of which we have not yet become aware”, pointed out the expert, who has indicated that the strategy is not only to live more years, but with quality and that the enormous potential that the elderly have to contribute to the society, “today they are excluded”.

The academic from the Royal Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Eastern Andalusia (RACVAO), a specialist in the study of stem cells, has declared that medicine is evolving at great speed: “Science is opening enormous doors for us to understand aging, which is a very complex process, and provides us with interesting solutions. In the future we are going to have different strategies, knowing very well all the molecular mechanisms that develop in the aging cell, in order to achieve more effective treatments and with better results”. The speaker predicts that in ten years medicine will not be like the current one, thanks to the biotechnology will be personalized.

“We do not have to think that it will be science exclusively that allows healthy ageing”, he clarified, adding that diet, exercise, care of mental activities, Vaccines, even the use of certain nutritional supplements can increase life expectancy. Lastly, he stressed the importance of fighting aging factors, such as obesity and stress, and provided data on the damage caused by screens (mobile phones, computers…) that 40 percent of adolescents in Spain have sleep problems

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing

At the seminarPresent and future of 3D printing”, co-directed by Eleazar Cobos, director of the training area at Sicnova, and Óscar de Cózar, technical director of the Digital Transformation Observatory of the University of Malaga, reviewed the objectives that this training aims to achieve. For the also professor in the Department of Graphic Expression, Design and Projects of the UMA, it is a technology that is revolutionizing the business and industrial fabric, whose applications currently generate benefits in various sectors, from biomedicine to fashion, going through aeronautics and railways.

In this line, de Cózar has reported in Marbella the trends that will mark the future of this growing industry, which will go through the research and development of our technologies and software of additive manufacturing, such as the creation of new materials and innovations that improve the speed and precision of printing. Finally, de Cózar has concluded the welcome to the students, emphasizing the importance of training to specialize professionals in this field, assessing the interest of activities such as this seminar promoted by the University of Malaga.

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