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The 10th APRU Population Aging Conference
A New Paradigm in the Era of the 100-year Life Span: The Search for Social and Scientific Solutions

The 10th APRU Population Aging Conference aims to address challenges unique to Asia-Pacific nations, discuss potential solutions relating to challenges accompanying increased life expectancy using multi-sectoral approaches, and to share the latest academic findings and details of upcoming initiatives to contribute to international public policy and public awareness.

This conference also serves as the kick-off for a week-long series of aging-related events taking place across Japan in October, 2019, which include the NIKKEI-FT Super Active Aging Society Conference on the 15th in Tokyo, the METI/MHLW Well Aging Society Summit on the 16th-17th in Tokyo, and the G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting on the 19th-20th in Okayama.

Date and Venue

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Monday, October 14, 2019
Keio University Mita Campus


Updated September 10, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Dinner by invitation only

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Program (Day 1)

09:00 am
Welcoming Remarks
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)

Title: TBD
Prof. Akira Haseyama, President, Keio University

Awards Ceremony

09:30 am
Key Note Address
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)

Neuroscience of Ageing: Modelling of Human Neurodegenerative Diseases using iPSCs and Genetically Modified Non-Human Primates
Prof. Hideyuki Okano, Dean, Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University

10:00 am
Panel 1: Case studies of Japanese aging research initiatives and suggestions for the Asia-Pacific region: From the site of KGRI research at Keio University
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)

Chair Prof. Masato Yasui, Director, Keio University Global Research Institute

Sex-specific Modulation of Amyloid Deposition and Neuroinflammation by the Microbiome
Prof. Sangram S. Sisodia, Thomas Reynolds Sr. Family Professor of Neurosciences, The University of Chicago and Guest Professor (Global), Keio University

Cognitive Aging and Financial Gerontology
Prof. Kohei Komamura, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

Neuro-rehabilitation and Artificial Intelligence in Aging Societies
Junichi Ushiba, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

Supercentenarian Study: What can we learn from extremely long-lived people?
Yasumichi Arai, Assistant Professor, Center for Supercentenarian Medical Research, School of Medicine, Keio University

11:00 am

11:15 am
Presentation Session 1:
Theme: Healthcare and Technology

Venue: North Hall

Presentation Session 2:
Theme: Economy and Society (Policy)

Venue: G-Lab

12:45 pm
Lunch and Poster Session
Venue: East Research Building Hall

02:15 pm
Presentation Session 3:
Theme: Multi-sectoral Approach to Dementia

Venue: North Hall

Presentation Session 4:
Theme: Other topics

Venue: G-Lab

03:45 pm

04:00 pm
Panel 2: Dementia research in Japan
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)

Chair Prof. Sangram S. Sisodia, Thomas Reynolds Sr. Family Professor of
Neurosciences, The University of Chicago and Guest Professor (Global), Keio University.

The Recent Progress in Dementia Drug Development
Dr Haruo Naito, Representative Corporate Officer and CEO, Eisai Co., Ltd

Ethical issues of disclosing amyloid status to persons with subjective
cognitive decline
Prof. Masaru Mimura, Department of Neuropsychiatry, School of Medicine, Keio University

The burden of Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias in China, 1990-2016: A national analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016
Prof. Brendan Stuart Weekes, Laboratory for Communication Science, University of Hong Kong and Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge

05:30 pm
Networking Cocktail (By Invitation Only)

Monday, October 14, 2019
Program (Day 2)

10:00 am
Panel 3: Social Innovation for an Era of Centenarians
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)

Chair Prof. Toru Takebayashi, School of Medicine and Dean of the Graduate School of Health Management, Keio University

Japan’s preparation for a super-aged society and the issues the nation currently faces
Prof. Koji Miura, Clinical and Translational Research Center, Keio University Hospital

Caring for Persons with Dementia: Towards a Sustainable Community Based Dementia Care System
Prof. Angelique Chan, Executive Director of the Centre for Ageing Research
& Education, Duke-NUS Medical School

Data-Driven Social Innovation for an Era of Centenarians
Prof. Naohiko Kohtake, Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University

Kamakura Living Lab: A Platform for Open Innovation
Prof. Hiroko Akiyama, Project Researcher, Institute of Gerontology, The
University of Tokyo

11:30 am

11:45 am
Summary Session
Feedback from 4 Presentation Sessions
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)

13:45 pm
Venue: East Research Building Hall

APRU Aging Steering Committee Meeting
Venue: Meeting Room, 5th floor, East Research Building Hall

03:00 pm
Grand Plenary:
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)

Chair Prof. John Piggott, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population
Ageing Research (CEPAR), UNSW Sydney

Toward a Life-long Active Society: The case of Japan and implications on the APRU community
Prof. Atsushi Seike, President, Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for
Private Schools of Japan

04:45 pm
Concluding Remarks
Venue: North Hall (Satellite Viewing: G-Lab)
Prof. Hideyuki Okano, Dean, Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University

05:00 pm
End of Conference

* All speakers named are subject to finalization.

PDF version of the conference program can be downloaded here.
* The conference will be conducted in English. No translation will be provided.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Regulations & Guidelines

With the submission of an abstract to the 10th APRU Population Aging Conference, the submitting author:

  • Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstract.
  • Confirms that all authors are aware of and agree to the content of the abstract and support the data presented.
  • Confirms the abstract derived from paper has not been previously published at the time of submission.
  • Agrees that in the event that the paper is published in advance of the conference, the abstract will be withdrawn from presentation.
  • Gives permission for the abstract, when selected for presentation and/or poster session, to be published on the website of the conference.
  • Understands that only one abstract can be submitted.
  • Confirms that the presenting author will register for the conference by August 30, 2019. Only presenting authors who have completed registration procedures will be included in the program.


Academic staff or students affiliated with universities or research institutes at the time of abstract submission. Applications by postgraduate students/fellows are encouraged.

Language and modes of presentation

The abstract should be written in Standard English and in an intelligible fashion. The Scientific Committee has the right to reject abstracts which are presented in substandard English, or may request an immediate revision by the authors.

Authors who believe their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use language-editing and copy-editing services. Obtaining this service is the responsibility of the author, and should be done before the submission of abstract.

Abstracts will be accepted for presentation and/or the poster session:

Abstract Themes

Abstracts will be accepted for the following themes:

  1. Healthcare and Technology
  2. Economy and Society (Policy)
  3. Multi-sectoral Approach to Dementia
  4. Other topics

Abstract Format

In order for an abstract to be considered, the following rules should be observed:

  • Abstract titles should be brief (maximum of 30 words) and reflect the content of the abstract.
  • Commercial names should not be used in the abstract title.
  • Professional title, institutional affiliations, cities and countries for each author should be stated.
  • Abstract theme must be indicated.
  • Abstract text is required for submission for oral or poster presentation.
  • Abstract text should be submitted in structured paragraph format organized under the headings:
    1. Purpose
    2. Background
    3. Methods
    4. Results
    5. Conclusions (including Research implications and Clinical implications)
  • Abstract text should be under 500 words including references.
  • A one-page slide which contains a figure/photograph/table should be submitted along with the text.
  • A short biography of the presenting author should be submitted separately.
  • Do not use I (cap i) or l (ell) for 1 (one), O (capital o) for 0 (zero) or ß (German esszett) for (beta).
  • If references are essential, they should be within the text, in the form: Murphy et al. BJU Int 2005; 95 27-30.

Abstract Submission Procedure

  • Once submitted, it will not be possible to revise abstracts.
  • Abstracts must be submitted under one of the pre-defined themes.
  • The Scientific Committee reserves the right to place the abstracts submitted under a different theme if it is deemed more appropriate.

Abstract Submission Deadline

Your submission must be received by July 10, 2019, Japan Time.

Abstract Selection Process

  • Abstracts will be judged solely on the data submitted. Statements such as "further data will be presented" are not acceptable and will result in the abstract being rejected.
  • Abstracts will be judged on the following criteria:
    1. Significance and Relevance
    2. Theoretical Foundation
    3. Innovation
    4. Approach and Findings
    5. Implications
    6. Clarity
  • The Conference Scientific Committee will make the selection of abstract for oral presentation and/or poster session.
  • APRU member universities will be given priority if there are multiple abstracts of comparable levels amongst those submitted.
  • The submitting author will receive an e-mail with the result from the Scientific Committee by August 8, 2019. Contact apru-aging@adst.keio.ac.jp if notification with regards to acceptance of abstracts has not been received by this date. If the originally designated presenting author is unable to attend and present at the conference, he/she must assign another presenting author as a replacement.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to the authors of the best papers by the head of the conference scientific committee. The scholarship amount will be decided in accordance with the Keio University regulations.


Registration should be completed via this form by September 30, 2019, Japan Time.
If you are unable to access the form, you can alternatively register by submitting this sheet by e-mail to: apru-aging@adst.keio.ac.jp.

Travel Arrangements

All necessary travel arrangements are the exclusive responsibility of the participant. It is strongly recommended to book your flights and accommodation as early as possible. The Tokyo area is expected to be highly crowded due to major events including the Rugby World Cup.


The map below shows the locations of hotels close to the conference venue.

How to get the venue

For access to the Keio University Mita Campus, please refer to the following website:

Visa for entering Japan (If applicable)

Obtaining the necessary visa for entering Japan is the responsibility of the participant.


Keio University Global Engagement Office

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