National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán
School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, the University of Manchester
Javier Cabrera Guerra
Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science - University of Melbourne
Director of the International Institute on Ageing United Nations
Grenoble University Hospital - France
Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Robledo
General Director of the National Institute of Geriatrics
HelpAge International Global Ambassador on Ageing
Manuel Montero Odasso
Director of the “Gait & Brain Lab” at Parkwood Institute (London, Ontario).
Principal Investigator of the Care of Older Persons Network
St. Louis University - USA
Gender dimension of aging, social network and health of older people, life design for the third age, ICT-based care services and digital equity.
Co-director of the Centre for Ageing and Inequalities at Newcastle University
University of Cuyo - Argentina
Degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the National University of Cuyo and Master in Economics at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He has been Dean, Vice-Dean, and Director of the Bachelor’s Degree in Economics of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the National University of Cuyo.
He is currently Professor of Argentine Economic Policy and International Monetary Economy at the School of Economic Sciences of the National University of Cuyo.
He is Director of the Center for Research and Economic Linkage of the FCE Uncuyo
He is also a Partner of A + C Consultores, dedicated to training in economic-financial issues, analysis of economic issues, analysis and evaluation of private investment projects, company valuation, and portfolio decisions.
Thomas Scharf is Professor of Social Gerontology in the Population Health Sciences Institute and Co-director of the Centre for Ageing and Inequalities at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. A Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and current President of the British Society of Gerontology (2019-2022), Professor Scharf has held visiting professorships at the universities of Manchester, Keele, Vienna and Galway. His research addresses issues relating to social inclusion and exclusion in later life, often with a focus on the spaces and places in which inclusion and exclusion arise and on the policy responses to forms of exclusion. Current projects investigate: 1) the role of inequalities in shaping people’s experiences of multiple long-term conditions; and 2) barriers to civic participation in later life. Professor Scharf’s most recent book is Social Exclusion in Ageing Societies: Interdisciplinary and Policy Perspectives (co-edited with Kieran Walsh, Sofie van Regenmortel and Anna Wanka, Springer Nature, 2021).
Professor Yeong-Ran Park is a gerontological social worker. She teaches at the Department of Silver Industry, Kangnam University in Korea. She is the Vice President of the International Society for Gerontechnology and the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 13th World Conference of Gerontechnology(www.isg2022.org). Professor Park has worked extensively with the central and local government agencies and the NGOs on aging policy and program developments in Korea. For the past two years, she also served as the Planning Director of the Korean Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Her research interests include gender dimension of aging, social network and health of older people, life design for the third age, ICT-based care services and digital equity. Recently, she served as a lead trainer for the ASEM Global Ageing Center’s training program on the topic of “Innovative Ways to Protect and Improve the Human Rights of Older People in the Era of Digital Transformation.”
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He has edited more than 20 books and published more than 1400 papers, with major research emphases on the role of neuropeptides in the modulation of hormonal responses and behavior. Clinically, he focuses on diabetes, nutrition, frailty, sarcopenia, cachexia and cognitive assessment.
Elena Moore is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. She is the author of Generation, Gender and Negotiating Custom in South Africa (Routledge, 2022), Divorce, Families and Emotion Work (Palgrave, 2017) and (with Chuma Himonga) Reform of Customary Marriage, Divorce and Succession (Juta & Co. 2015). Her current research centres on Intergenerational Relationships and Kin Support. She co-edited a special issue on Consequences of Social Protection on Inter-generational Relationships in South Africa in Critical Social Policy (2019). She has published articles on care in leading journals such as Feminist Economics, Critical Social Policy and Current Sociology. Her work examines kinship, care, gender, intergenerational relations, customary law, family law and policy. She is the Principal Investigator of the Care of Older Persons Network in Southern Africa. She is a co-editor of Families, Relationships and Societies. For more see www.elenamoore.co.za
Manuel Montero Odasso
Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso is a Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (Departments of Medicine, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics). He is also a clinician-scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute and serves as team leader at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and team co-leader at the Ontario Neurodegenerative Research Initiative (ONDRI).
He leads the “Gait & Brain Lab” at Parkwood Institute (London, Ontario), with the goal of understanding mechanisms and potential treatments of mobility and cognitive decline in aging by focusing in the interaction between gait performance and cognition. He has established the use of “motor biomarkers” like slowing gait speed and dual-task gait to predict frailty, falls, and dementia.
He has published over 150 scientific articles, and has received several accolades. He serves as associate editor of aging journals including the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, Geriatrics, and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
– Doctor’s degree (Medicine & Surgery), 1973-1979 with full marks, 110/110 cum laude, University of Palermo. Specialization in Anesthesiology (1980-1983), and Science of Nutrition (1984-1987), University of Palermo.
– National habilitation for Professor of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, and Pain Therapy
– Director of Anesthesia & Intensive Care Unit, Main regional center for Pain Relief & Palliative/Supportive Care Unit, La Maddalena, Palermo, Italy
– Scientific Director, Regional home care program SAMOT, Regione Sicily.
– More than 600 lectures at national and international congresses.
– Associated Editor, editorial Board and/or referee of more than 30 international peer-reviewed journals in the field of pain and symptom management, and anesthesiology
– More than 600 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals .
– H-index = 78,
– Author of more than 40 chapters and books.
Received numerous prestigious awards for his works.
Professor Norah Keating is a social gerontologist whose theoretical and empirical research has created evidence, challenged discourses and influenced policy in global, social and physical contexts of ageing. She has placed this work on the international stage through the Global Social Issues on Ageing which fosters collaboration and critical thinking about ageing at the interfaces of regional issues and global trends. Professor Keating holds academic appointments in 3 world regions: University of Alberta, Canada; Swansea University, UK; North-West University, South Africa. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) and the Gerontological Society of America (U.S.). She is past president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology and the North American Region of the IAGG. In 2017 she was awarded the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Presidential Award for the global reach of her international work.
President, International Longevity Centre Brazil (ILC-Brazil)
Co-director, Age-Friendly Foundation, Boston
HelpAge International Global Ambassador on Ageing
Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Robledo
Dr. Gutierrez Robledo is an internal medicine specialist who became a geriatrician in France, where he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Grenoble. Later, he continued his studies at the University of Paris VII on the Biology of Aging, and finally received his Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Bordeaux. He has worked at the Faculty of Medicine of the National University of Mexico, since 1994 as head of the specialty program in geriatric medicine. He founded the Department of Geriatrics of the National Institute of Medical Sciences in 1989 and was its Head until January 2009 when he was appointed founding Director General of the National Institute of Geriatrics, a position he still holds. Today he is a member of the National Academies of Medicine of Mexico and France. His research agenda focuses on the epidemiology of aging and more specifically on frailty and dementia and the interface between the two conditions. He has served on several national and global committees, including the Advisory Committee of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the World Health Organization; and on the editorial boards of several specialized magazines. He has more than 250 publications among books and scientific articles with an H index of 37 and co-authors also in Europe, Mexico and the United States.
Dr Gavazzi accomplished his medical school in Nantes (France) (1985-91) and moved to Grenoble (France) to be graduated in Internal Medicine (1998), and Geriatric and Infectiology (2000 and 2004). Its first postgraduate position was in Grenoble in Internal and Geriatric Medicine (1998-2000). He moved to Geneva University Hospital (2000-2005) where he developed infectology in Geriatric medicine in the Geriatric department; he also developed his basic research background with a PhD thesis regarding the role of NOX enzymes producing reactive oxygen species in age-related diseases in animal models.
He published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and participated to 500 communications at national and international levels.
Marvin Formosa Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta and Director of the International Institute on Ageing United Nations – Malta (INIA). He also holds the posts of Chairperson of the National Commission for Active Ageing (Malta) and Rector’s Delegate for the University of the Third Age (Malta). Prof. Formosa was the lead author of the first and second National Strategic Policy for Active Ageing Malta 2014 – 2020 / 2021 – 2027. Recent published books include International perspectives on older adult education (with Brian Findsen, 2016), Population ageing in Turkey (with Yeşim Gökçe Kutsal, 2017), Active and healthy ageing in Malta: Gerontological and geriatric inquiries (2018), The University of the Third Age and active ageing: European and Asian-Pacific perspectives (2019), Population ageing in the Middle East and North Africa: Research and policy implications (with Abdulrazzak AByad, 2021), and Ageing and COVID-19: Making sense of a disruptive world (with Maria Luszczyńska, 2021). Prof. Formosa is also Malta’s Country Team Leader for the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and in 2021 he was elected as Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
Prof. Gustavo Duque MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with a special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. His initial training included Internal Medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and Geriatric Medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast’ under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kremer. Prof. Duque’s major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms and potential new treatments for age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, osteosarcopenia and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise and proteins on bone and muscle mass. He is currently Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) at the University of Melbourne and Western Health. He is the author of more than 200 peer reviewed articles and of multiple book chapters and has edited 4 books in the ageing and musculoskeletal fields (two of them on Osteosarcopenia). He is also the Director of the Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Western Health (Melbourne). As part of this Program, Prof. Duque implemented a Falls and Fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner.
Javier Cabrera Guerra
Physician with specialization in Geriatrics and Hospital Management in the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá.
Master´s Candidate of Health Leadership and Policy in Seniors Care in the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Re-elected president of the Colombian Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Association of Scientific Societies.
Public policy leader of the Colombian Alliance for bone health.
Medical Director of an institution that provides comprehensive services to the elderly and a geriatrician in two other hospital institutions.
Graduate professor and founder of a graduate program in Geriatrics in Colombia.
Defender of the human rights of the elderly.
Dr. Tine Buffel is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, where she directs the Manchester Urban Ageing Research Group (MUARG), an interdisciplinary group bringing together scholars from sociology, geography, anthropology, health sciences, political science, and architecture. Dr. Buffel’s research aims to identify new ways of responding to the opportunities and challenges associated with population ageing in urban environments. Issues of inequality, social justice, and underlying processes of spatial and social exclusion have been the primary focus of her research activities. Much of her work has involved participatory and co-production methodologies, building on partnerships with older people, local authorities, voluntary organisations and community groups, to study and address equity and justice issues. She is best known for her work on age-friendly cities and communities, contributing a critical lens to the study of urban ageing and assisting the development of evidence-based policies to improve the experience of ageing in cities.
PhD in Educational Sciences (UNED National Distance Education University, Outstanding doctorate award, 2002), with a Degree in Social Gerontology
Currently, she is the Vice-president of Gerontology of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology -SEGG- (since 2019) (SEGG member since 1993) and Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Working Group “Gerontological Education” of SEGG.
She is a qualified consultant and institution trainer and advisor in several aging-related topics, such as Attention to people in a situation of dependence and fragility and chronicity, Health education, and Active Ageing.
Liat Ayalon, PhD, is a researcher in the School of Social Work, at Bar Ilan University, Israel. Prof. Ayalon coordinates an international EU funded Ph.D. program on the topic of ageism (EuroAgeism.eu). She is also the Israeli PI of the EU funded MascAge program to study ageing masculinities in literature and cinema. Between 2014 and 2018, Prof. Ayalon has led an international research network on the topic of ageism, funded through COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology; COST IS1402, notoageism.com). She consults both national and international organizations concerning the development and evaluation of programs and services for older adults.
José Alberto Ávila Funes
Dr Avila-Funes (MD, PhD) is an undergraduate and graduate professor of geriatrics and his main line of research is frailty and cognitive decline. He is a researcher associate of the SEPIA team (psychoépidemiologie du vieillissement et des maladies chroniques U1219) of the INSERM (France). He is a member of the national system of researchers and of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico as well as the Latin American Academy of Medicine for the Older Adults. He is currently the leader of the geriatric service at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán in Mexico City.