Keio Cologne Lecture Series:

Getting Old and Even Older

Pathways to Longevity and Implications for Society

Start: 31 Oct. 2018 | on Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 local time in Cologne = 18:00 - 19:30 local time in Tokyo/Osaka

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Research and Experiences from Japan and Germany

Longevity – one of humankind’s all-time goals and desires – turns out to be boon and bane. Japan and Germany are among the countries, where not only individuals tend to get old and older, but the entire society is aging and has to adapt to a substantial demographic change. With a life expectancy of 85 years in Japan and 81 years in Germany and an almost identical average age of 47.2 years of populations in both countries, Japan and Germany share common problems and challenges.

Individual longevity implies an increase of aging-associated diseases, a growing need for age-appropriated environments and living conditions, higher demand of elder care, public health care and pension funds under stress, financial pressure on taxpayers, strain on the labor market and many more issues to be dealt with from medical, political, social, economic and legal points of view.

Both Keio University/Tokyo, and University of Cologne have established “Longevity/Aging” as a transversal topic of interdisciplinary research, to which scholars and scientists from several disciplines contribute cutting-edge research. Both Universities dispose of strong research centers in Life Sciences and in Social Sciences dedicated to Longevity- and Aging-associated issues.

This joint lecture series will present some of their results in a comparative Japanese‑German perspective. Each lecture will be held jointly by a German and a Japanese expert, giving insights into ongoing or recently completed research projects. Students in both countries are invited to interact and actively participate in the discussion by posting comments and questions during the lecture.

While being the first intercontinental joint lecture series with one of University of Colognes “Global Network Partners”, this seminar is also a pilot project introducing digital tools into international teaching cooperation.

Lecture coordinator: Dr. Johannes Müller

The sessions of this lecture series are held in English by two lecturers each time – one from Tokyo and one from Cologne – brought together via live broadcasting, followed by a Q&A.

Contact: cologne-keio(at)

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Introducing Keio and Cologne


Today, Keio University is playing a leading role in the academic world, attracting highly talented students and researchers from home and abroad. Looking ahead, it endeavors to make further contributions to society, strengthen its international reputation, and solidify its position as a world-leading research university (source:


From its establishment in 1388, the University of Cologne has been a center of science and scholarship in Europe. Today, it is one of the leading German research universities. We offer an exceptionally broad and diverse subject base to our students and encourage them to follow their own academic interests and to develop both intellectually and personally. We are firmly committed to the advancement of human knowledge through basic research, but also have an eye on transfer and application in the real world. (Professor Axel Freimuth, Rector (

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Keio University, CECAD, ceres

This lecture series is an expansion of the Keio-Cologne collaboration in this field of research. Early in 2018 CECAD and Keio University already held a symposium on aging and longevity.

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Subject to changes

Lectures and discussions in English; Location at University of Cologne: Room S67, Philosophikum


Outlook: Scope and Sessions of the Lecture Series
Representatives from Keio/Cologne Universities

Skin Barrier and Its Homeostatic Mechanisms

Masayuki Amagai, Professor of the Department of Dermatology, Keio University
Carien Niessen, Professor of the Department of Dermatology and CECAD, University of Cologne

Impacts of Retirement and Working Hours on Health Outcomes

Colin McKenzie, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

Diversity of Lifestyles – Living Successfully till Very Old Age

Luise Geithner, Investigator, “NRW 80+” Study, ceres, University of Cologne

Masaru Mimura, Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Keio University

Kai Vogeley, Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Cologne

Challenges for Therapy and Care in Geriatric Patients

Cristina Polidori, Professor of Ageing Medicine, Head Ageing Clinical Research, Dept. II Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne

Aging in Place: Home Health Care for the Elderly in Japan

Satoko Nagata, Professor of the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, Keio University

Disease Modeling of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Hideyuki Okano, Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University

An Ethical Framework for Information, Counseling and Understanding – Prediction of Alzheimer’s Disease by Biomarker Diagnostics

Carolin Schwegler, Project Manager, “PreDADQoL” Study, ceres, University of Cologne

Healthcare Expenditure in Japan and Other Developed Countries

Yoko Ibuka, Professor of the Department of Economics, Keio University

Just and Effective Health Care – State-Sponsored Health Insurance Systems and the Use of Resources

Björn Schmitz-Luhn, General Manager of ceres, University of Cologne

Hiroshi Ito, Professor of the Department of Medicine,Keio University

Thomas Benzing, Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine, Nephrology and CECAD, University of Cologne

From Wearable Assistive Gears to Stimulating Stroke Patients’ Brains

Junichi Ushiba, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

Assistive Apps for the Everyday Life of Psychiatric Patients

Conny Melzer (inq’d), Professor for the Foundations of Special Education, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Cologne

A State-Wide Study on People over 80 Years of Age

Roman Kaspar, Project Manager and Investigator, “NRW 80+” Study, ceres, University of Cologne

Labor Force Participation of Older People in Japan

Atsuhiro Yamada, Professor of the Department of Economics, Keio University

Driving Clinical Knowledge from Trials and Cohort Studies

Hiroaki Miyata, Professor of the Department of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Keio University

How to Deal with Risks – Health and Risk Literacy

Saskia Jünger, Coordinator Key Research Area “Health Literacy in Complex Environments”, ceres, University of Cologne

Changes in the Activities of Daily Living of Old People

Takahiro Hoshino, Professor of the Department of Economics, Keio University

Measuring Quality of Life in the Very Old Age – A Challenges and Potentials Based Model

Christiane Woopen, Professor and Head of the Research Unit Ethics, Medical Faculty, and Executive Director of ceres, University of Cologne

Recent Findings on Alzheimer’s Disease

Frank Jessen, Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cologne

Encouraging the “Work” of People with Dementia

Satoko Hotta, Professor of Graduate School of Health Management, Keio University

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