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Published on Jul 25, 2012
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, gave a lecture "The Plastisity of Human Aging" in Schroedinger Lecture Theatre.
His book Dare to Be 100 intensifies the original matter of Schrödinger's "What is Life?" Bortz has also penned books as We Live Too Short, Die Too Long, Living Longer for Dummies, and Diabetes Danger.
Bortz is recognised as one of America's most distinguished scientific experts on ageing and longevity. He is currently teaching a new course at Stanford University about the science of living a long life and how to live until you are 100. Born in 1930 in Philadelphia, Bortz's research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust ageing. Apparently he is also an avid runner and runs an average of 25.75 kilometres per week. The 82-year-old has run 41 marathons, including the 2008 New York Marathon and the 2010 Boston Marathon.
He spoke about his career as a physician, looking after patients who were aged 100. A graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Bortz is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association's Task Force on Aging, former President of The American Geriatric Society and is currently Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, as well as a Senior Advisor to Healthy Silicon Valley, a community collaborative effort which addresses the soaring incidence of obesity and diabetes. Bortz lives in Portola Valley in California.