Preliminary title of the keynote talk:
“Connecting the biology of aging and the aging phenotype”
Dr. Luigi Ferrucci is a geriatrician and an epidemiologist who conducts research on the causal pathways leading to progressive physical and cognitive decline in older persons. In September 2002, he became the Chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section at NIA and from 2002 to 2014 was the Director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging. Dr. Ferrucci received a Medical Degree and Board Certification in 1980, a Board Certification in Geriatrics in 1982 and Ph.D. in Biology and Pathophysiology of Aging in 1998 at the University of Florence, Italy. He spent a 2-year internship at the Intensive Care Unit of the Florence Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and was Associate Professor of Biology, Human Physiology and Statistics at the University of Florence. Between 1985 and 2002 he was Chief of Geriatric Rehabilitation at the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the Italian National Institute of Aging. During the same period, he collaborated with the United States National Institute of Aging (NIA), Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry where he spent several periods as Visiting Scientist. Dr. Ferrucci has made major contributions in the design of many epidemiological studies conducted in the U.S. and in Europe, including the European Longitudinal Study on Aging, the "ICare Dicomano Study," the AKEA study of Centenarians in Sardinia and the Women's Health and Aging Study. He was also the Principal Investigator of the InCHIANTI study, a longitudinal study conducted in the Chianti Geographical area (Tuscany, Italy) looking at risk factors for mobility disability in older persons. Dr. Ferrucci has redesigned the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging to retain the wealth of data collected over more than 50 years while introducing new questions on the nature of aging emerged in the recent literature. Dr. Ferrucci is Scientific Director of NIA, since May 2011.
What do you think are the most exciting present and future developments in your field of aging research?
There is initial recognition the rate of aging can be modifiable. Translating this evidence to human studies is a very attractive perspective
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?
I will provide some data suggesting that understanding the aging process can provide new clues on how we need to organize our health care system, and in general our society. Thus, scientists from multiple fields should be excited about this possibility.
In your mind, how can the Nordic Congress contribute to aging research in general? What do you expect from 23NKG?
I hope that this conference will help me defining the question critical for future research that inform my research agenda.