New Scientist 14Mar2020

(C. Jardin) #1

We’re looking for the best

ideas in the world.

The Ryman Prize is an international award

aimed at encouraging the best and brightest

thinkers in the world to focus on ways to

improve the health of older people.

The world’s ageing population means that in

some parts of the globe – including much of

the Western world – the population aged 75+

is set to almost triple in the next 30 years.

The burden of chronic diseases including
Alzheimers and diabetes is set to grow at the

same time.

In order to stimulate fresh efforts to tackle

the problems of old age, we’re offering
a $250,000 annual prize for the world’s

best discovery, development, advance or

achievement that enhances quality of life for

older people.

The Ryman Prize was fi rst awarded in 2015

to Gabi Hollows, co-founder of the Hollows
Foundation, for her tireless work to restore

sight for millions of older people in the
developing world.

World-leading researchers Professor Henry
Brodaty and Professor Peter St George-Hyslop
won the prize in 2016 and 2017 respectively for
their pioneering work into Alzheimer’s Disease.

The 2018 Ryman Prize went to inventor
Professor Takanori Shibata for his 25 years of
research into robotics and artifi cial intelligence.

The 2019 prize winner was Dr Michael Fehlings,
a Canadian neurosurgeon who has dedicated
a long career to helping older people suffering
from debilitating spinal problems.

If you have a great idea or have achieved
something remarkable like Gabi, Henry, Peter,
Takanori or Michael we would love to hear
from you.

Entries for the 2020 Ryman Prize close at 5pm
on Friday, June 26, 2020 (New Zealand time).

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with 2019 Ryman Prize winner Dr Michael Fehlings.

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