Can we live disease-free up to 120? Scientists say, yes we can!

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Scientists believe we can live healthy lives, beyond 100 years (Credit: University of Groningen)

We are living longer with an increase in human lifespan of 2.5 years per decade. Scientists are now focused on achieving healthspans, where we live disease free, which can match our longer lives.

This piece for Drivetime on RTE Radio 1, broadcast on 21st June, features interviews with three leading scientists working on different ways to solve the ageing ‘problem’; Luke O’Neill, TCD, Fergal O’Brien, RCSI, and Emma Teeling UCD.

The ‘Batwoman’

Ireland’s real-life ‘Batwoman’ Dr Emma Teeling    , has spent her career studying bats, creatures she finds ‘fascinating’ for many reasons including flight and echo-location. Highly articulate, fast-talking and hugely enthusiastic, Emma – — Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research and a highly regarded UCD researcher — is like a walking advertisement for a career in science. A few minutes talking to her, and it’s clear, she just loves her work.

Click here to read the full article in the July 2010 ed of Science Spin