Celia M. Ross
Founder, Delaware Gerontology Institute, USA

Title: Adapting to Sheltering-in-place at Home during the 2020 Pandemic: Analysis of Infodemiological Data

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Dr. Celia Ross’ interests include: gerontology, wellness, nutrition, molecular health, and sharing what she has learned over the years. ....... She is the Founder of the Delaware Gerontology Institute, LLC ( www.DEGerontology.com ). After listening to elders who greatly missed reading due to very low vision, she began a line of extra-large print books, such as classic poetry books, to empower elders to enjoy reading again. Read more

Philip A. Barber
University of Calgary, Canada

Title: Longitudinal Advanced Imaging Analysis and Cognitive Profiles in Transient Ischemic Attack and Healthy Controls: The PREVENT Study

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Dr. Philip Barber is Associate Professor of Neurology and Adjunct Professor of Departments of Radiology and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. ....... Dr. Barber is the Director of the Calgary Stroke Prevention Clinic and is a member of the Calgary Stroke Program and Hotchkiss Brain Institute .,Dr. Barber is the Principal Investigator of the Predementia Neuroimaging of Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) (PREVENT Study) and REPERFUSE NA1 studies. PREVENT is a prospective, longitudinal, case controlled study designed to determine preclinical detection of dementia in subjects at high risk of the condition many years before it develops. In his research he uses MR imaging, cerebral spinal fluid outcome measures of Alzheimer’s disease to investigate the effects of vascular risk factors and stroke on structural changes of the brain that lead to whole brain and regional brain atrophy in healthy populations and in patients with transient ischemic attack. REPERFUSE Na1 is an MRI substudy of RCT ESCAPE Na1. ,Dr. Barber is a member of the Vascular Cognitive Impairment Team of Canada’s National Research Strategy for Dementia - The Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging. ,Research Expertise – Stroke Injury Maturation, imaging of cerebral blood flow, biomarkers and MRI surrogates of cerebrovascular disease and neurodegeneration, MRI methods, longitudinal case control studies, cognition and behaviour. , Read more

James Bulot
University of Massachusetts Boston, United States

Title: Using Assistive Technology to Achieve Better Outcomes while Reducing Long Term Care Costs

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James "Jay" Bulot earned both his master's and doctoral degrees in gerontology at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies........ His academic training included a major emphasis in public policy, statistics, and research methods.,He has taught at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the state's only gerontology master’s program, which was recognized nationally as the first long-term care accredited graduate program in the United States. He was also employed for five years as director of the Institute of Gerontology and two years as the department head of gerontology, sociology and political science.,Bulot served as director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs before beginning his current position as director of Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services where he administers a statewide system of services for senior citizens, their families, and caregivers. Read more

Yuxiang Sun
Texas A&M University, USA

Title: Nutrient Sensing Ghrelin Signaling: A Critical Metabolic Pillar of Inflamm-Aging and Meta-Inflammation

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Dr. Sun is an expert on “hunger hormone” ghrelin. She generated the first ghrelin knockout mice, and discovered ghrelin’s novel roles in diabetes, thermogenesis and macrophage polarization. ....... Her laboratory uses state-of-the-art tools to study ghrelin in energy sensing, intake, and expenditure. Her work suggests that ghrelin might be a promising drug target for obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and aging. her Research Interests are Glucose-homeostasis, energy-homeostasis, lipid metabolism, neuroendocrine regulation, pathogenesis and pathophysiology of obesity, diabetes, inflammation, and aging. The ultimate goal of Dr. Sun’s team is to understand the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of obesity and diabetes, inflammation and aging, and to develop novel interventions for combating obesity and diabetes, thus improving quality of life. Read more

Ravishankar Jayadevappa
University of Pennsylvania, United States

Title: Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Care and Diagnosis of Dementia

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Ravishankar Jayadevappa is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Jayadevappa is also a member of the Abramson Cancer Center, and Fellow at the Institute of Aging. ....... His primary areas of research interests are: urologic outcomes, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, overactive bladder, aging, health services research, health outcomes, regulatory economics, comparative effectiveness, patient centered care, patient reported outcomes, preference assessment, environmental economics, international trade, health economics, cost-effectiveness, health disparity, global health, resource economics, and health-related quality of life and equity issues in health care policy. In particular, his research goal is to analyze the tradeoff between economic efficiency, equity and quality. This has significant implications for understanding and eliminating health disparities due to race, ethnicity, income and age. Dr. Jayadevappa's current research focuses on micro/macro level health policy issues of elderly; epidemiology of urologic diseases; patient centered care; preference assessment; comparative effectiveness; and cost-effectiveness of medical care. Read more

Frances M Hawes
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, United States

Title: Occupational Stress and Job Satisfaction of Long Term Care Workers: The Impact of the Social Working Environment

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Frances Hawes earned both her master's and doctoral degrees in Gerontology at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy....... and Global Studies and has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Merrimack College. She is an Assistant Professor in Health Care Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. The health care administration program is one of only nine in the country accredited by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards. She was also employed for eight years as an adjunct instructor at Quincy College and Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts and has an extensive background in long- term care services. Read more

Cesar Garcia
Managing Director, AVU Innovacion, Mexico

Title: Aging and Disruption in Latam

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Hong Jiang
University of Miami, United States

Title: Characterization of Retinal Microvasculature and its Relations to Cognitive Function in Older People

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Hong Jiang, M.D. Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. ....... She earned her undergraduate medical degree from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China. Dr. Jiang completed her Neurology residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, and her Neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami.,As a neuro-ophthalmologist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Jiang specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various neuro-ophthalmologic disorders, such as vision loss due to brain tumor or dementia, optic neuritis and double vision. In the Department of Neurology, Dr. Jiang provides expertise in the evaluation and treatment of various neurologic diseases such as memory disorders, headaches, spine diseases and Multiple Sclerosis.,Dr. Jiang’s research interest is to study the ocular microvascular dysfunction in ocular and central nervous system diseases, such as dry eye, dementia and multiple sclerosis. She has multiple publications in ocular microvascular function studies. She is interested in studying the vascular pathway in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. With support from both the McKnight Brain Institute and North American Neuro-Ophthalmology society (NANOS), she and her team at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute recently found that decreased retinal microvascular network density and blood flow volume in patients with Alzheimer’s disease compared to normal controls.,Dr. Jiang is a member of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS), the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Read more

Peng Liu
University of Minnesota, United States

Title: The Molecular Implications of Tau Phosphorylation and Caspase-2-Mediated Tau Cleavage in Neurodegenerative Disorders

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Dr. Peng Liu is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He received his bachelor of science in biotechnology from Peking University, China, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. ....... He currently works as a faculty in the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care and Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN. His research interests mainly focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive deficits mediated by β-amyloid oligomers and post-translationally modified tau proteins in Alzheimer’s disease and related tauopathies. Read more

Sajad Zalzala
AgelessRx, United States

Title: Longevity in the Era of Telemedicine

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Dr. Zalzala (or “Dr. Z”) is renowned in the world of functional medicine as an expert in autoimmune disorders and chronic inflammation. ....... He works behind the scenes, advising Jade and Shawna regarding lab orders and interpretations, as well as stepping in occasionally on more complicated cases. He is the founder of LDN Direct where he provides direct to patient consults for Low Dose Naltrexone and AgelessRx, where he offers biohacking services to those looking to increase their longevity. Dr. Z is licensed in all 50 states as well as Ontario, British Columbia, and Manitoba, affording him the ability to treat patients regardless of location. Dr. Z also served as Chairmen of the 2016 and 2019 conferences for the International College of Integrative Medicine, bringing his exceptional knowledge forth to other practitioners. Read more

Kumaraswamy Naidu Chitrala
Temple University, United States

Title: Elucidating the Novel DNA Methylation Changes in Cancer and Age Associated Disorders

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Dr. Kumaraswamy Naidu Chitrala is an Assistant Professor (Research) at Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine........ He is currently leading the Bioinformatics core facility at Fels. His research interests mainly focus on bioinformatics, epidemiology, epigenetics, computational Biology, breast cancer biology, metabolic syndrome, neurological disorders, aging, molecular modelling and dynamic simulations, drug designing, data mining and analysis, machine learning, database development, high performance supercomputing. Read more

Alex Zhavoronkov
CEO, Insilico Medicine, Hong Kong

Title: Deep Biomarkers for Aging

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Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine (insilico.com), a leader in next-generation artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research. ....... At Insilico he pioneered the applications of generative adversarial networks (GANs) and reinforcement learning (RL) for generation of the novel molecular structures and generation of synthetic biological and patient data with the desired properties. He also developed a range of deep multi-modal predictors of biological age using multiple data types. He set up the R&D centers in 6 countries including the US, United Kingdom, Korea, Russia, China, Hong Kong SAR, and Taiwan ROC. Prior to founding Insilico Medicine, he worked in senior roles at ATI Technologies (acquired by AMD in 2006) and NeuroG Neuroinformatics. He is the chief science officer (CSO) of the Biogerontology Research Foundation (BGRF, bg-rf.org.uk), a registered UK charity focusing on age-related diseases. Since 2012 he authored and co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed research papers and 2 books including “The Ageless Generation: How Biomedical Advances Will Transform the Global Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). From 2014 to 2018 he presented at over 200 academic and industry conferences. He serves on the editorial boards of Aging, Aging Research Reviews, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Frontiers in Genetics, and chairs the Annual Aging Research, Drug Discovery and AI Forum (6th annual in 2019) at the Basel Life, one of Europe's largest industry events in drug discovery. Dr. Zhavoronkov holds two bachelor degrees from Queen’s University, a master’s in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow State University. He is the adjunct professor of artificial intelligence at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Read more

Lilian Cristine Hubner
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil

Title: Psycholinguistic Criteria in the Development of Tasks and Batteries for Language Assessment: Evidence From Clinical Applications

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Anica Pless Kaiser
VA Boston Healthcare System, United States

Title: Trauma Exposure and PTSD From A Lifespan Developmental Perspective: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment Among Older Veterans

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Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD, is a Clinical Research Psychologist in the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System, ....... and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Her research interests include the effects of earlier life trauma on later life mental health functioning and intervention development for older adults and veterans with trauma exposure and PTSD. Read more

Carrie A Ciro
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, United States

Title: Maximizing Activity of Daily Living Performance in People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

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Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an Associate Professor and Elam-Plowman Chair of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. ....... Her research interest lies in developing an individualized, but systematic rehabilitation intervention for improving performance in daily living while also reducing the rate of decline in people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias Read more

Renee J. Flores
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, United States

Title: Multidisciplinary Approach for Sexual Health in Older Adults

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Dr. Renee J. Flores is a geriatrician who is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine. ....... Dr. Flores is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and oversees medical education for learners in medical school, residency, and geriatric fellowship training. She has expanded her role to include sexuality and intimacy for older adults, completing two additional sexual health training courses at the University of Michigan and at the European School of Sexual Medicine in Budapest, Hungary; and, she is an AASECT certified sexual counselor and sexual educator. She values sexual health as a salient part of comprehensive health care, and works in collaboration with patients to address sexual desire, pain, performance, and relationship challenges. She has been recognized with the Dean’s Excellence Teaching awards for her devotion to life-long learning and education. Read more

Megha Mehta
Sumandeep Vidyapeeth an Institution deemed to be University, India

Title: Screening of Physical Fitness in Community Dwelling Elderly: A Cross Sectional Study

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Megha Mehta is a Neurophysiotherapist who is passionate in treating patients with neurological impairments. Her another field of interest is physical fitness as she strongly believes in “ Prevention is better than cure”. ....... She has 13 years of experience in the field of physiotherapy. She has completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy from renowned M. S. University, Vadodara, India and Master of Physiotherapy from famous Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India. Since past 7 years she is working as an Assistant Professor in College of Physiotherapy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, India. As being a Neurophysiotherapist, her majority of patients belong to elderly community who suffers from stroke, Parkinson's disease, diabetic neuropathy, MSA etc. She is keen in helping the geriatric community by working on their locomotor disabilities to improve their quality of life. Read more

Helen Senderovich
University of Toronto, Canada

Title: Palliative Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The Case for Early Integration

Biography :

Senderovich is a physician at Baycrest Health Science System with practice focused on Palliative Care, Pain Medicine and Geriatrics. She is a lecturer at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, ....... and Division of Palliative Care at the University of Toronto who actively involved teaching medical students and residents. She has a broad international experience and a solid research background. Her research was accepted nationally and internationally. She is an author of multiple manuscripts focused on geriatrics, patient’s centered care, ethical and legal aspect of doctor patient relationship, palliative and end-of-life care. Read more

G Palani Kumar
Sumandeep Vidyapeeth an Institution deemed to be University, India

Title: Falls Risk Assessment Scales In Elderly – A Scoping Review

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G PALANI KUMAR (Author) is a Clinician as well as an Academician in Physiotherapy, having served in various academic positions for the past 22 years. ....... Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Physiotherapy and the PhD research involves in developing an India specific Falls Risk assessment tool as the available literature are not applicable to local Indian population. Have published research papers in reputed journals, gave given talk on various topics in Physiotherapy, guided Physiotherapy post gradute students. Have interests in innovating devices that are cost effective and therapeutically useful. Read more