In May, the IFoAs Actuarial Research Centre (ARC) held the first impact workshop for its Big Health and Actuarial Data Research Programme (RP).
Chaired by new IFoA president Jules Constantinou and delivered in partnership with the University of East Anglia and the ESRC-funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, it brought together a range of stakeholders to explore how medical advances and interventions could impact longevity and population projections, and consider potential outcomes for public policy and business/industry models, across a range of sectors.
Professor David Hand, Imperial College London and past president of the Royal Statistical Society, introduced the day's events. The audience also listened to experts from Aviva, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Legal and General, and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The day closed with a discussion panel, which was chaired by Dame Karen Dunnell, past director of the ONS.
Professor Elena Kulinskaya, principal investigator for this ARC RP, was delighted with the day's success and stated that the input at this workshop from such a broad range of experts, will provide hugely valuable insight to the ARC RP. Due to its success, we held a sessional meeting in Edinburgh on 25 June to seek further views and discuss how medical advances and health interventions would shape future longevity.