B·Debate analyses the impact of Ageing on Mental Health and Well-being

The two sessions will take place on January the 29th and 30th at CosmoCaixa, in Barcelona


On 29 and 30 January takes place in CosmoCaixa the session of  B·Debate (International Center for Scientific Debate) on the impact of Ageing on Mental Health and Well-being. The meeting will gather international experts from all around the world to promote a plural and in-depth debate with the objective to analyse what affects mental health, but most of all to boost international collaboration and guide the research and policies that are being done in the field.

Josep Maria Haro, director of the R&D Unit at the Saint John of God Private Foundation for Research, is the scientific director of the debate. Some of the noteworthy participants are José Luis Ayuso, professor of psychiatry at the Autonomous University of Madrid and director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Research and Training; Yaakov Stern, professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Columbia; Hal Kendig, sociologist and gerontologist who served as professor of Ageing and Population Health at the University of Sydney; and Carol Brayne, professor of Public Health and Medicine and director of the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge.

According to the WHO, between 2000 and 2050 the proportion of the world’s population over 60 will double and the number of people over 80 will quadruple. If it is considered that more than 20% of people over 60 have some mental or neurological disorder, it becomes clear that this B·Debate topic is of great relevance for its public health policies connotation.

The session Impact of Ageing on Mental Health and Well-being is co-organized by B·Debate  an initiative promoted by Biocat and the “la Caixa” Foundation , Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu and Saint John of God Private Foundation for Research.


Press release (30/1/2014)