PRIN GRANT 20177BRJXS (2019-2022) “Unfolding the SEcrets of LongEvity: Current Trends and future prospects (SELECT)”

Research Units: Bocconi University (PI Daniele Duranta), Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (PI Stefano Campostrini), Università degli Studi di Padova (PI Stefano Mazzucco); Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale (PI Fabrizio Faggiano)

Research Team Bocconi unit: Daniele Durante, Raffaella Piccarreta, Alessia Melegaro, Sirio Legramanti

The rapid social, economic, and technological transformations characterizing our society in the recent years is producing several effects on many complex and dynamic processes of human health. The project focuses, in particular, on the recent upward trend in longevity, and on its relation with current and future morbidity and disability patterns. The joint analysis of such processes, which plays a key role in many public health systems, requires novel qualitative and quantitative paradigms. In fact, unfolding the secrets of longevity, learning the dynamic interrelations between morbidity, disability and mortality, identifying future trends, and devising effective interventions can only proceed under a collective effort by Demographers, Epidemiologists, Social and Data Scientists.

The project aims at exploring factors and mechanisms of the longevity evolution in the recent years, to link this with morbidity evolution to foster healthy longevity, by taking advantage from the availability of several data sets to merge public health and epidemiological theories with a data-driven approach. This will help to explore, with sufficiently sophisticated and innovative tools and models, what, so far, we believe it has been too little examined.