Scientific Programme • Keynote speakers

Athanase Benetos

MD, PhD Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University Hospital of Nancy, France

Preliminary title of the keynote talk:
“Role of telomeres in the arterial aging”

Athanase Benetos was born in Athens, Greece in 1956. He is married and the father of four children.

He is Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and Chairman of Geriatrics, at the University of Nancy, France. He is also a Senior Researcher at INSERM (National Institute of Biomedical Research) Unit 1116, and Director of the Federation Hospital-University on Cardiac and Arterial Ageing (

Prof. Benetos is the Academic Director of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) for the period 2014-2018. For the period 2009-2013, he was the Treasurer of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).

His research interests include biomarkers of ageing, telomere dynamics, age-related changes in large arteries, as well as the role of hypertension on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in very old people.

Prof. Benetos is member of several French national and international medical societies and has positions in several international peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Benetos has authored more than 310 papers published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and has participated in several scientific books on the topics of telomeres, hypertension, and the influence of arterial aging on dementia and other age-related diseases.

In 2010 he published in French (Ed. Robert Laffont, Paris) the book “ABCDaire du future Centenaire”. This book has been also translated in Greek (Ed. Patakis, Athens).  

What do you think are the most exciting present and future developments in your field of aging research?

Demonstrate that the telomere length is a major determinants of the vascular aging and the age related vascular diseases. Determine the factors that influence the telomere length in order to propose preventive strategies.

23NKG is a multidisciplinary conference where the participants have the opportunity to broaden their perspective beyond the themes of their own immediate research areas. How would you like to motivate social scientists and humanists to attend your lecture?

First, scientific knowledge should interest all scientists. Second, the rhythms ageing process depend on a combination of multiple Social and Biological factors which strongly interact.

In your mind, how can the Nordic Congress contribute to aging research in general? What do you expect from 23NKG?

The only way to improve knowledge is to make people from different cultures and horizons work together. 23NKG regroups several professionals and scientists from different disciplines and therefore it could be a place of such exchanges.



Scientific Programme:

PhD Kirsi Lumme-Sandt, Secretary General

  • Email:
  • Tel. +358 40 190 1606



Practical Arrangements:

Tavicon Ltd., TAVI Congress Bureau
Ms Piia Kumpuvaara, Project Coordinator

  • Address: P.O.Box 163, FI-33901 Tampere, Finland
  • Email:
  • Tel: + 358 3 233 0400
  • Fax: + 358 207 701 201