Opening the seminar, the Chief Scientific Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Aleksandr Kilchevskiy noted that cooperation on longevity problem between the Italian side and Belarusian genetic researchers has been going on for years. An agreement on cooperation between the University of Cagliari and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus was signed in October 2016. Since then, a number of bilateral scientific visits have taken place over the past years to share knowledge on this topic. A number of bilateral scientific visits have taken place over the past years to share knowledge on this topic.
Roberto Pili, President of the World Longevity Community, noted that his organization is very interested in joint research with countries where an active increase of life expectancy is currently taking place. Today in Belarus 420 centenarians crossed a centenary threshold. "According to our statistical forecasts, by 2050 there may be about 2500 long-livers in Belarus," Roberto Pili said.
Giuseppe Carboni, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus in Cagliari, noted the importance of cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. "This cooperation is a support point in relations between Sardinia and Belarus. Research in this area is important not only from a scientific point of view, but also for the economy, to increase the quality of people's lives," Giuseppe Carboni said.
Recently, experts have noted an increase in life expectancy of the population in economically developed countries. In this regard, preserving the physical, mental and intellectual qualities of a person in old age is urgent and socially significant task.