Stefano Cavalli, PhD in sociology, is professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the head of the Centre of Competence on Ageing. He is also faculty member of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) and member of the Research Group "Culture, Cognition and Emotions", University of Basque Country, Spain. Previously he has worked as a researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Gerontology of the University of Geneva, and as senior lecturer in sociology at the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva. He also was a visiting researcher at the Department of Sociology of the Case Western Reserve University (USA). His main areas of interest are life course and aging, with particular focus on transitions, life events and turning points, vulnerability and social exclusion, centenarians, and end-of-life decisions. Prof. Cavalli leads the international research program CEVI on the perception of changes and events across the life course (15 countries, with D. Páez), and he is one of the principal investigators of the Swiss Centenarian Study (SWISS100, lead PI D. Jopp).
I am an internal medicine specialist who became a geriatrician in France where I worked as assistant professor at the University of Grenoble. Later on, I pursued my studies at the University of Paris VII on the Biology of aging, and finally received my Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Bordeaux. I have served in the faculty of the National University of Mexico School of Medicine, since 1994 as head of the geriatric medicine specialty program. I founded the Department of Geriatrics at the National Institute of Medical Sciences in 1989 and was its Head until January 2009 when I was appointed as the founder Director General of the National Institute of Geriatrics, position I still hold. Today I am member of the National Academies of Medicine of Mexico and France. My research agenda focuses on the epidemiology of aging and more specifically on frailty and dementia and the interface between both conditions. I have served in various national and global committees including the Advisory Committee at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the World Health Organization; and in the editorial boards of several specialty journals. I have more than 250 publications among books and scientific papers with an H index of 37 and co-authors as well in Europe, Mexico and the US.
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.
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