Dear colleagues,

Cardiovascular diseases are the major cause of death in the industrial nations especially in the elderly. Therefore, it is of scientific inter-est which part of the complete risk for cardio-vascular diseases is based on cellular ageing in comparison with normal risk factors like smoking or hypercholesterolemia.

Thus, it is important to understand the mole- cular and cellular mechanisms of aging. With this knowledge, interventions can be de-veloped to modify the aging process and there-by postpone the onset of diseases with the goal to increase the years of healthy life – the healthspan – rather than only the lifespan.

The purpose of this meeting is (1) to discuss aging as a modifiable risk factor of cardio-vascular diseases, (2) to promote greater com-munication among the world-wide communi-ty of individuals engaged in ageing research and (3) to invite young students to join this field of research.

The congress will be the 10th international meeting on ageing in Halle (Saale) and will accompany the development of a focus on ageing research in Central-Germany. It will comprise invited talks and poster sessions. There will be no concurrent sessions.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Halle (Saale) for a most exciting and enjoy-able meeting.

Cordially,

Andreas Simm           Gábor Szabó