Aging is one of the main health-related challenges in the world.The healthcare costs in many countries are very high because of the increased number ofunhealthy populations and the consequent increase of severe age-related disabilities. This is achallenging problem for society, especially for the cost of the health-care system and the difficulty insocial engagement.
The gerontologists distinguish two ways to become old: without success (unsuccessful aging,UA) and with success (successful aging, SA).UA is manifested by people that develop one or moreage-related diseases and frailty. Regarding SA, the World Health Organization defines it as «theprocess of developing and maintaining the functional ability, which enables well-being in older age».The best model of SA is represented by centenarians that are a very selected and rare group ofpeople. They live 100 years or more in relatively good health status, escaping fatal or stronglyinvalidating diseases lifelong. Thus, they are a concrete example of resilience.
Thus, the goal for the next future should be how to achieve the so-called “health-span”(healthy life-span) more than the treatment of age-related disease to prevent the collapse of the health systemand the unsustainability of the society. It is well noted that some aspects of life-style like nutrition,physical and psychosocial activities can modulate the aging rate and can improve the lifespan, asdemonstrated by a huge amount of scientific evidence.
In order to find possible solutions, it is necessary to identify the best life-style(s) to reach andmaintain a healthy long-life by possible strategies for improving daily habits. This point will bediscussed during this congress, hosting international researchers
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Antonia Trichopoulou MD, PhD, Member of the Academy of Athens, Professor Emeritus of the University of Athens, School of Medicine. Her scientific work focuses on public health and nutritional epidemiology, emphasizing health effects of the Mediterranean diet and traditional foods. Named in Thomson Reuters 2014 “World's Most influential Scientific Minds” List and awarded as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2018 and 2021, she is decorated with the Golden Cross of Honour for work in preventative medicine and nutrition by the President of the Greek Republic.
Danay Saavedra, MD, MS, PhD: Medical Doctor, Superior Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana (2002). Visiting physician in Haiti (2004-2005). Master degree in Infectious Diseases, Superior Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana (2010). Immunology Specialist, Superior Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana. Senior researcher and specialist of Department of Clinical Immunology at the Center of Molecular Immunology since 2014 mainly dedicated to the study of immunology of ageing, human immunosenescence and the evaluation of immune response in patients diagnosed with lung cancer treated with immunotherapies. Scientific stay at Lausanne Branch/Ludwig Cancer Research (2017). Senior Faculty of the “Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de la Habana”. Have published more than 30 papers and participated in more than 30 National and International Congress as speaker.
Calogero Caruso, formerly Full Professor of General Pathology, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Palermo, Italy. He graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Palermo, in 1971 (magna cum laude). He was founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Immunity & Ageing (2004-2018), and has authored 401 publications (15,478 citations), mostly on ageing, age-related diseases and longevity, indexed on Scopus (H index of 63). He has recently edited the book “Centenarians. An example of positive biology.” for Springer Nature and, with Prof. G. Candore, the book “Human Aging. From Cellular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Strategies.” for Academic Press”.
Presenting author details
Full name: Calogero Caruso
Contact number: +393297506840
Full professor in Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Clinical Biology
The main areas of interest of Prof. Carru concerns the set-up of new analytical procedures by HPLC and Capillary Electrophoresis for the biomarkers analysis as a support of the human health epidemiological studies (factors involved in cardiovascular diseases, acute and chronic disease, and human tumours). In particular, leading his group to study Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics biomarkers in the vascular and cardiovascular diseases, inflammation and oxidative stress in several diseases (CK, COPD, IPF, CAD), in the age related diseases and in in the human aging (AKeA - The Sardinia centenarians Study). Recent area of interest regards the study of Antioxidant and pro-oxidant food effect on the "cell signalling" as a radical oxygen species mediated, Blood cell count-derived as a inflammation biomarkers assessment in several pathologies, and, recently, study of the association between blood biomarkers and severity degree of the COVID-19 disease.
Teaching staff with a fixed-term contract in Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Clinical Biology
Dr. Donatella Coradduzza, holds a degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology. At the time is Researcher and Laboratory Chemistry as aggregate professor at Universita degli Studi di Sassari, formerly Secondary School Chemistry Lecturer. She has participated and coordinated several Erasmus KA1 projects at Pellegrini Institute in Sassari.She collaborates with Aispo for international cooperation projects for the development of the college of healt of Duhok University in Iraqi Kurdistan. He is first author and co-author of publications in scientific field - with National Research Council [CNR], kings college , Institute of Biophysics, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, V Uvalu 84, 150 06 Prague 5, Czech Republic, University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli", Naples, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, King's College London, London, and others. PhD and specialized at Universidad Camillo Josè Cela of Madrid in Curso de apititude pedagogica. Various experiences in pharmaceutical companies such as Menarini and Sanofi Aventis as a drug specialist. Adjunct lecturer in the three-year degree course in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques in the Physical, Chemical and Computer Sciences for the Chemistry Laboratory module MED/46 for the University of Sassari Collaborator of the international cooperation project managed by the University of Sassari and AISPO entitled "Improving the quality of nursing curriculum and clinical practice in Iraqi Kurdistan" (O.I. 239 Co.Pr.2.1.b), with the following roles Conducting assessment with the College of Health Science (University of Duhok) on the Laboratory Technician course, to identify needs and priorities.
Conducting site visits to assess the needs and priorities of the Laboratory Technician course.
Development of an operational proposal to support the Laboratory Technician course.
Assessment of technical equipment needed for the Laboratory
M.D. and board-certified in Neurology, Annibale A Puca started as a post-doc at TIGEM, Italy, in 1995 with Prof Brunella Franco. In 1998 he became a postdoc at Harvard Medical School in Prof Louis Kunkel lab. In 2001, in Cambridge, USA, he scientifically directed and co-founded Centagenetix Inc., an early stage start-up. In 2006 he started a group at MultiMedica where he focused its efforts on the discovery of genetic risk factors for exceptional longevity. Actually, he coordinates a group of scientists at the University of Salerno and at MultiMedica. At the academic level, Annibale A Puca became Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in 2001, in 2011 Associate Professor and in 2020 Full Professor in Clinical Pathology at the Department of Medicine of the University of Salerno (now full Professor in Medical genetics). Prof Puca has a strong track record of publications about the genetic component of exceptional longevity and about the therapeutic use of a longevity associated variant (LAV) of BPIFB4.
Francesco Cacciabaudo is Specialist in Food Science, during his formation with the institute of
Human Physiology of the University of Palermo, he developed a dietary protocol based on the
Ketogenic and Mediterranean diet to be applied on patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis
He is lecturer of Human Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Palermo. Since May 2023 he has been attending in the II level master’s degree in Oncological Nutrition at the University of Pavia and he has been collaborating as onco-nutritionist at the Institute of Oncology of University of Palermo.
He is also a PhD in Surgical Biotechnology and Regenerative Medicine in Organ Failure and during his PhD-course he studied the trans-differentiation of the exocrine part of pancreas on pig model to endocrine cells able to produce insulin.
He developed part of his PhD-project, in Germany at the institute of experimental diabetology at the University of Dresden.
Mattia Emanuela Ligotti is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Palermo, Italy. After graduation in biology, she was a visiting research scientist at the Department of Oncohematology at King's College London, UK, during her PhD, post-Doc at the National Research Council (CNR) in Palermo, Italy, and she is currently a student at the Specialization School in Pathology and Clinical Biochemistry at University of Palermo. Her scientific research is mainly focused in the study of immunosenescence, with special attention on T-cell changes with advancing age in the ultracentenarian, by ex-vivo studies on cell cultures from peripheral blood cells and cytofluorometric analyses. She has co-authored several scientific articles and is part of two ongoing research projects.
I am a PhD student in Biomedicine at the University of Cordoba in the Immunology group at the biomedical research institute IMIBIC where my studies focus on cardiovascular pathologies and the recent SARS-COV-2.
Graduated in Nursing in 2004 and completed the Official master’s degree in Infectious Diseases and International Health at the Miguel Hernández University (2016). In 2021 I obtain a Doctorate in Health Sciences, with an outstanding grade Cum laude. In addition, highlight specific training in teaching improvement and new technologies. I have also completed the Pedagogical Aptitude Course (CAP) of the UA (2005) and the higher degree in Dietetics and Nutrition (2001).
Work and teaching experience:
From 2004 to 2020 I have worked as a nurse in different Specialized Care services (Emergency Services, Internal Medicine, Operating Room, Pharmacy, Medical Specialties, among others) and Primary Care. As a care nurse I have worked in the Health Departments of Elda and Orihuela in the Province of Alicante. I have held health management positions in the Health Department of Elda and Orihuela in the fields of primary and specialized care. I have collaborated with the continuing education commission of both Health Departments, developing and teaching courses at the Valencian School of Health Studies (EVES). Among the courses, those related to infectious diseases, patient safety and quality of care stand out. In the clinical field, I have been part of the Nursing Procedures Commission, the Infectious Diseases Commission and the UFCASP Commission (Functional Unit for Quality of Care and Patient Safety). I start my teaching career in the Nursing Department of the University of Alicante as an assistant professor in 2020. I have published 20 scientific articles and 10 communications to scientific congresses, 1 book chapter and 3 research stays. I am currently part of the GESE group (Management of Nursing Services) of the University of Alicante. My lines of work and research are patient safety, quality of care and technological and educational innovation through the use of electronic tools (e-health) for the development of skills in the field of management and administration of nursing services.
Manuel Platero Horcajadas is Associate Professor at the University of Alicante for the Department of Information Technology and Communication.
He has worked for 4 years in different health innovation projects at the UCIE Arsinnovatio health innovation laboratory. During these 4 years she has investigated the use of digital assistants, how to prepare personalised solutions and how to use them with elderly people.
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