Acting director of Knight Science Campus says prolonged lifespans create challenges

Acting director of the Knight Science Campus Patrick Phillips said extended lifespans are creating more problems for scientists to research. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – A University of Oregon biologist and acting director of the Knight Science Campus held a free public lecture Tuesday night.

Patrick Phillips discussed his research on aging and highlighted the opportunities and challenges created by prolonging human life.

He said as science and medicine continue to extend our lifespans, society needs to tackle ethical issues that are emerging.

“Frequently a reaction is 'Why do we really want to live longer?' I think what they're really thinking about is the way they maintain people's life, late in life now with the extreme medical intervention. And what we're really talking about is how we increase health span, make people live healthier longer, so that they won't have to be going to the doctor when they're older,” Phillips said.

He said the university hopes to break ground in the fall for expansion of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

He said with the current schedule, construction could start in spring of 2018.

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