Scientific Symposium on Longevity

I Scientific Symposium on Longevity ILSI Mesoamerica
San José, Costa Rica
October 14, 2015
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica

According to the World Health Organization, it is expected that the number of people over 60 years is expected to be around 2 million people in the years in developing countries, however, despite the awareness about the With the needs of the older population and the growing needs, there have been relatively few successful food products designed for older adults.

Food companies will have to increase their focus in this segment of the population. The identification of the success factors and the lessons learned from the failures will be key. A better understanding of the difference in expectations between demographic groups, including low and high income groups, is required.

This symposium will address current trends, the potential challenges that food companies have faced in marketing food to the elderly, existing products, product development opportunities, new packaging and other technologies, and needs research.


John Ruff

Graduated in chemistry from the University of Cambridge and with a Master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cantab in England. Former President of IFT and ILSI Global. During his professional life he has directed research and programs in the areas of health and well-being.

Dr. Ana Mercedes Pérez Carvajal

Academic and researcher of the Costa Rica University. Bachelor of Food Technology, Master in Food Technology for tropical countries and PhD in Biochemistry specializing in Food Sciences. She is co-author of more than 30 articles, 2 book chapters and 3 patents. National and international speaker.

Dr. Georgina Gómez Salas.

Bachelor of Nutrition, Master in Biomedical Sciences and Master in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Costa Rica. Professor at the UCR since 2007. Academic and researcher with extensive national and international experience.

PhD. Gilbert Brenes.

Academic and researcher of the Central American Population Center of the University of Costa Rica. He holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Population Planning. He has been the coordinator of the CRELES project, of which today he will present us with very interesting details.

Dr. Fernando Morales Martínez.

Director of the National Hospital of Geriatrics and Gerontology Raúl Blanco Cervantes of Costa Rica. Professor at the University of Costa Rica.