TUM Cairo: TUM expert involved in aging study with Egyptian partner

At the end of November 2019, Egyptian and German researchers had met in Cairo to discuss the possibilities of initiating a longitudinal study of aging in Egypt. On February 2, 2020, a second meeting took place at the American University in Cairo to identify best practices for initiating the aging survey.


TUM professor Axel Börsch-Supan gives a talk at the American University in Cairo

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan during his presentation on the topic 'Surveying the Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe, Lessons to learn'. Photo: Heba Afifi

Prof. Börsch-Supan and Dr. Mohamed Salama at the American University in Cairo

Prof. Börsch-Supan with Dr. Mohamed Salama before the start of the panel discussion. Photo: Heba Afifi

Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan is professor for Economics of Aging at TUM School of Management and the coordinator of Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). At the second meeting in Cairo, which was organized this time by the Global Brain Health Institute and the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology at the American University in Cairo, he was once more invited to share his long-term experience.

In his talk, Prof. Börsch-Supan announced the intention of introducing an aging survey for Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, which will start with capacity building activities. “A survey about aging and global health in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon sounds like a great challenge but is very possible to implement as has been seen in the case of SHARE where 28 European countries are involved.”
Dr. Hassan El-Fawal, Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering and founding director of the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology at the American University in Cairo, considers the organization of such an event as “one of the contributions of the institute to the concept of precision health” in Egypt.
TUM Cairo Liaison Officer Heba Afifi will also be present at the next meeting and inform you about the progress of this study.

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