Longevity medicine education at a grassroots level will effect global change

Online courses, integration with medical faculties and local chapter initiatives aim to embed longevity medicine into medical education and training.

Earlier today, we covered the news that the Longevity Education Hub is expanding the reach of its longevity medicine courses by releasing Spanish and Portuguese versions, with other languages also in the pipeline.

Longevity.Technology: Education is, of course, key to longevity, but it is not simply knowing that diet and exercise are important, or that supplements can help prevent age-related decline. Rather the field of longevity medicine turns preventative medicine up to 11, aiming not just to prevent disease, but to keep the patient at the age of optimal performance in the context of their entire lifespan.

By designing and making available longevity medicine courses, the Longevity Education Hub aims to bridge the gap between laboratory science and medicine, providing updates on the latest advances in aging research and AI, and preparing the physicians for new types of clinical trials and patient management. Longevity medicine is fast-evolving, so online courses can help physicians keep up-to-date with novel quantitative and quantified indicators of aging, such as deep aging clocks, and learn how measuring and tracking biomarkers can compress morbidity, helping their patients extend both their lifespan and their healthspan.

And to expand our own education, we sat down with Course Author Evelyne Bischof, MD, Course Author, Chinese Course Co-Author Christine Huang, MD, and Volunteer, MSD CME Coordinator Ricardo Gaminha Pacheco, MD.

The Longevity Education Hub team on…

Born out of COVID

The idea originated in 2020, during COVID. Alex Zhavoronkov was passionate about education, especially education physicians. The course is a tailored curriculum for physicians and those in training, but also for anyone who is interested in longevity, longevity medicine and the basics of gerosciences. The initial course – Introduction to Longevity Medicine – was very popular and there was a demand for more advanced information, so the follow-up course – Advanced Introduction to Longevity Medicine – was devised and launched and both are available on the website.

Our big wish was to reach more physicians, that are either not native English speakers or perhaps just prefer to learn in their own language; our courses were translated into Chinese, and the initiatives just kept growing.

One of the biggest early highlights was the NHS implementing our course into their platform for all UK physicians; it was a nice recognition of the work and also shows an appreciation for the quality and standard of the course.

Chinese appetite for longevity

Longevity medicine is not well known on the Chinese mainland at the moment; of course, longevity medicine is a huge topic, and now it’s becoming mainstream. We are the first team to be introducing longevity medicine professionally in Chinese.

The reaction has been very good, with a swift uptake of Chinese physicians wanting to know about new technology, new centres and news – the Hub is a bridge and link between clinical practice and technology and research developments and enables Chinese physicians to understand what is at the frontier of longevity technology.

Local focus for global reach

While we are global in essence, we understand how important it is to act locally; for longevity medicine to reach impact and scale, we need to democratise access to that level of education, especially when the associated jargon can be all new to the majority of physicians.

We are launching the 101 course in Portuguese and Spanish, but the local chapter initiative goes far beyond that. We are trying to empower local physicians in different geographies by having not only access to that education in their own language, but also to translate that level of technical and scientific jargon and education in their own ecosystems. We need to act locally for change to happen. We’ll be integrating with medical faculties so we can reach not only longevity physicians that are practising today, but those who will be practising in the near future – and the distant future.