KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Who wants to become a Geroscientist?

Geroscience is an emerging interdisciplinary field within Gerontology (the study of ageing), that integrates the knowledge of biological drivers of ageing and clinical care, in order to improve human healthspan and delay age-associated chronic diseases. Geroscientists seek to understand the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms that make ageing a major risk factor and driver of common chronic conditions and diseases of the elderly. By inhibiting or activating specific pathways, we can improve healthspan and extend lifespan in multiple model organisms, so instead of a disease-centric approach, this field aims to tackle the basic biology of ageing as a whole.

About our speaker

Andrea Maier

Professor of Medicine and Aged Care, @AgeMelbourne, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Professor of Gerontology, @AgeAmsterdam, VU University, The Netherlands

Andrea Maier is a biogerontologist, geriatrician and international health policy specialist. After graduating from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany, she went on to conduct research groups focusing on translational research in ageing. She is a Professor of Gerontology at the VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and a Professor of Medicine and Aged Care at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

She also serves as the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research (ANZSSFR) and as Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where she is responsible for the daily management of non-surgical hospital care and community services, and for the implementation of innovative and efficient healthcare models, transforming hospital units into sustainable and translational academic workplaces, which facilitate a rapid transition of knowledge to the bedside.