First and foremost, we sincerely hope this newsletter
finds you and your families safe and healthy during
these unprecedented and challenging times.
It is also
now, more than ever, that we realize the important role
our industry plays in serving the financial needs of our
clients and policyholders.
This is the 50th edition of ReFlections, RGA’s global
medical newsletter. It has been our pleasure to provide
this essential service for the past 21 years and we look
forward to continuing to do so for many years to come.
In this “golden” anniversary edition, we highlight two new
authors as well as one who is well-known to ReFlections
To start off, new author Lauren Garfield, Ph.D.,
MPH, Underwriting Research Consultant, U.S. Mortality
Markets, takes us through the complicated topic of head
and neck cancers and further explores the impact of human
papilloma virus (HPV) on many of these cancers.
Dr. Sheetal Salgaonkar, Vice President and Medical Director, Global Medical, RGA India, provides a deep dive into the
important and growing world of hematopoietic stem cell
transplantation. Last, new author Sharon Latocha, Senior
Underwriting Consultant, RGA Australia, researches
the emerging risk of Candida auris infections and their
relevance to insurance medicine, underwriting, and claims.
The Longer Life Foundation (LLF) update is dedicated
in its entirety to researchers who are on the front line
of the COVID-19 battle. We highlight two former LLF
grant recipients who share their current endeavors and
how they hope to favorably impact the trajectory of the
pandemic. LLF is proud to have supported their work in
the past and salutes their ongoing efforts.
In this Issue