On May 25 and 26, the first face-to-face meeting of CIES was held at the Rancagua Campus of the Universidad de O’Higgins. The main objective of the meeting was to strengthen the link between the members of the 16 universities that make up the Consortium of Universities of the State of Chile (CUECH), defining the guidelines for the improvement of the work plan of the group.
The proposal for the creation of the Inter-University Center for Healthy Aging (CIES) was approved by the rectors of CUECH, to be implemented with funds from the World Bank. In this context, 60 academics from 15 public universities, 14 Centers and 16 Laboratory-Groups have come together to form this Network on Aging. CIES works focused on 6 thematic lines: risk factors of chronic diseases, neurosciences and neurodegenerative diseases, odontogeriatrics, food and nutrition for the elderly, functional capacity and physical condition, quality of life and social determinants of aging.
Three CIESAL researchers participate regularly in CIES: Dr. Alvaro Ardiles works in the thematic line of Neurosciences and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Marjorie Borgeat in Odontogeriatrics, and Professor Mariane Lutz coordinates the line of Food and Nutrition in the Elderly.
The decade between 2020 and 2030 has been declared by the WHO as the “Decade of Healthy Aging” and, particularly, Chile is a country that is aging at an accelerated pace. On the other hand, a bill on positive aging is being processed in our country within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the UN.
CIES is a network that facilitates linkage and collective research among public universities, favoring inter and transdisciplinary approaches to the aging process, with international collaboration. It works with the generation of basic and applied knowledge that contributes to health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation or timely treatment, in the different stages of the life course, to achieve healthy aging.
CIES generates scientific products, trains human capital, strengthens links with the environment, and contributes knowledge for decision making and the generation of public policies that contribute to improving the quality of life of the elderly.