According to the latest figures from the
As the proportion of old people increases, the demands on healthcare continue to rise. This in turn poses some major challenges for research and industry, since the most effective drugs and the best medical technology are currently available only at prices that are affordable exclusively in the most prosperous countries. Rosling is therefore calling for innovative solutions that will enable as many patients as possible to have the chance to benefit from successful treatment if they fall ill. As a positive example of the ability of parts of the pharmaceutical industry to respond creatively, Rosling points out that the same drugs to treat HIV are meanwhile being sold to patients at prices that vary from country to country - they are less expensive in
He makes an appeal to up-and-coming young scientists in particular not to close their eyes to reality, but to make every effort to find more effective and more economical answers to the issues facing contemporary medical research. At the week-long Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting no fewer than 600 selected young scientists from 80 countries will be discussing key issues in the field of physiology and medicine with 37 Nobel laureates. Topics will include cancer, HIV, the immune system and research into intelligent drugs. Professor Rosling last attended the 61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2011 as a guest speaker, when his presentation of some surprising statistics on world health attracted much attention. He is renowned worldwide as a high-profile public speaker, and several million people have watched videos of his presentations accompanied by interactive dynamic computer simulations on the Internet.
The 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting opens on 29 June and continues until 4 July. It is organised by the
Keywords for this news article include: HIV/AIDS, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates.
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