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Pere Renom

“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision […] We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.”
Oration on the Dignity of Man – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Running against time

published on 29.03.2006

Our lifestyle can slow down in part the effects of aging, but our genetics is also essential. Antoni Pifarré is a 67 year old man who still runs marathons and is currently preparing to climb Everest. How is it possible that some people get old in better conditions than others? Can we improve the condition in which we reached the final stage of life? Why and how we age? The program will attempt to answer these and other questions. To do so, the reporter Miquel Piris and Antoni Pifarré will make a series of tests at the High Performance Centre of Sant Cugat and the General Hospital of Catalonia. The reporter Pere Renom will visit the University Pompeu Fabra where the group of Dr. Elena Hidalgo, studies the effect of free radicals in unicellular fungi. And the presenter Antoni Mestres will explain what are free radicals and antioxidants and how they influence longevity.
One of the inevitable consequences of aging is presbyopia. The program will also meet a team of Catalan and Valencian researchers that have devised the Visual Map, a new system to improve progressive glasses.