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The world's population trends in population growth and aging show a population growing faster than other age groups, the so-called "oldest" populations. The mean age, the prevalence of chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular diseases, all related co-morbidities, and late-life handicaps is consequently increasing. Lifespan lengthening is based on the improvement of the services of public health, and higher levels of education, leading to a healthy lifestyle with a positive net improvement in quality of life. Want to be part of the process, choose this track.
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Director, Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, PI: Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging PI: Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging. Co-Scientific Director of the American Federation for Aging Research Founder and on the Board of CohBar Inc. Chief Medical Advisor for Life Bioscience
Dr. Barzilai is a chaired Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Director of the biggest Center in the world to study the Biology of Aging and the principal investigator of the Einstein Nathan Shock Center and the Glenn center. He was the recipient of an NIH Merit Award aiming to extend the healthy life span in rodents by biological interventions. He also studies families of centenarians that have provided genetic/biological insights on the protection against aging. Several drugs are developed based, in part, on these paradigm-changing studies. He is the author of over 270 peer-reviewed papers and a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the recipient of the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research and is the 2018 recipient of the IPSEN Longevity award. He is leading the TAME (Targeting/Taming Aging with Metformin) multi central study to prove that concept that multi morbidities of aging can be delayed in humans and change the FDA indications to allow for next generation interventions. Dr. Barzilai is on the board of AFAR, its scientific director and a founding member of the Academy for Lifespan and Health span. He co-founded CohBar and Lifebioscinces. He has been featured in major papers, TV program and documentaries (2 TEDx and TEDMED) and has been consulting or presented the promise for targeting aging at The Singapore Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister office in Israel, several International Banks, The Vatican, Pepsico, Milken Institute, Davos Economical Forum, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist and Wired Magazine. His book Age Later was published in the June of 2020.
Dr. Ajeet K. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik, as assistant professor of chemistry at the Department of Environmental Engineering of Florida Polytechnic University, is exploring advanced functional chemistries, nano-biotechnology, electrochemical biosensors, nanomedicine, and biomedical engineering for intelligent health wellness.
He is the recipient of various reputed awards for his significant contribution in the research field of nano-biotechnology for health care. Dr. Kaushik is scholarly accomplished as reflected by edited books, international peer-reviewed publications, and patents in nanomedicine and smart biosensors for personalized health care. For more than 10 years, Dr. Kaushik is an active mentor, supervisor, and helping various federal and private organizations as a fellow, consultant, and review board member.
During his research, Dr. Kaushik is actively involved in exploring tunable high-performance performance sensing systems for point-of-care application and nanomedicine for personalized therapy. To achieve his goal of intelligent personalized health wellness, Dr. Kaushik works in collaboration and seeks more globally.
Dr. Ronjon Nag
Dr. Ronjon Nag is an inventor and entrepreneur. He is a founder and advisor/board member of multiple start-ups. His companies have been sold to Apple, BlackBerry, and Motorola. He has been awarded the Mountbatten Medal in the Royal Institution by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has been the winner (Bounce Imaging-Board) of the $1m Verizon Powerful Answers Award. He has been a pioneer of smartphones and the 'app stores' they depend on.
He has worked on neural networks, touch screens, mobile search, voice recognition, text prediction, and handwriting recognition. He has a Ph.D. from Cambridge, an M.S from M.I.T, and a B.Sc. from Birmingham in the UK. Additionally, he is a Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Interdisciplinary Fellow based at the Stanford Center for Language and Information (CSLI).
Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães
Professor de Magalhaes graduated in Microbiology in 1999 from the Escola Superior de Biotecnologia in his hometown of Porto, Portugal, and then obtained his Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Namur in Belgium. Following a postdoc with genomics pioneer Prof George Church at Harvard Medical School, in 2008 Prof de Magalhaes was recruited to the University of Liverpool. He now leads the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group which focuses on understanding the genetic, cellular, and molecular mechanisms of aging. Professor de Magalhaes has authored over 100 publications and given over 100 invited talks, including three TEDx talks. He is also Chief Scientific Officer of Swiss-based biotech Centaura. His ultimate goal is to develop interventions that preserve health and fend off age-related diseases by manipulating the aging process.
Dr. Collin Y. Ewald
Extracellular Matrix Regeneration Laboratory, Department of Health Sciences and Technology.
Collin has a longstanding interest in the molecular biology of healthy aging and age-related pathologies.
He is the founder and currently the president of the Swiss Society for Aging Research (www.ssfar.ch). He has received multiple awards, including NYAS Future Entrepreneur recognized by the New York Academy of Sciences, and is named under the top 1000 Longevity Leaders worldwide and the top 15 Longevity Influencers in Switzerland.
Research interests: Our recent work has shown that many health- and longevity-promoting interventions re-activate the expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) genes during aging (Ewald et al., Nature 2015, PMID:25517099). This ECM enhancement is required and sufficient for extending the lifespan of C. elegans. Our research efforts are focusing on exploring the mechanism(s) of how prolonged ECM homeostasis promotes healthy aging.
Expertise: C. elegans ECM, aging, protein aggregation, neurodegeneration (Alzheimer's disease), Insulin/IGF-1 signaling, NADPH oxidases, ROS, oxidative stress, automated lifespan assessment, genetic and chemical high-throughput screening.
Ravi Bala is an AgeTech Evangelist and a startup mentor in AgeTech and Remote Monitoring. He is a Co-Founder and former Board Member at HealthSignals, LLC, a leader in technology solutions for better senior living. An innovator and an expert in mobile health and digital strategy, he has a successful track record of creating and managing teams of independent thinkers. He has a tenacious dedication to compassion and dignity in the workplace. He is a teacher, a mentor, and a coach at heart and works with many startup ventures as an advisor.
He is currently Chair of the Capital for Good and board member for Girls First Fund – a global effort to end child marriage and is on the Advisory Board of CyberSeniors and the SeniorTrade Blog. He is also a mentor with the Silver Moonshots accelerator and a member of the Drexel University AgeWell Collaboratory. He has taught courses in Digital Strategy in multiple MBA programs in Philadelphia. His latest passion is changing the model of eldercare with the aid of Conversational AI, Robotics and Passive Monitoring.