The central theme of WEON2019 is ‘Healthy Ageing’.

Healthy Ageing has been a top-research-priority in the UMCG since 2006. Healthy ageing is a lifelong process that starts even before conception, with parents who pass on their genes and with them the risks and opportunities for a healthy life course, or the occurrence of illness later in life. Lifestyle, food patterns and environmental factors influence the development of health and disease.

However, new knowledge is required about the influence of these factors, and how they interact with one another. Epidemiologists are very important in this research since they have the knowledge and skills to conduct scientifically sound research.