EIT Health Ageing PhD School

Ageing@EITHealth is a pan-European doctoral programme that brings together EIT Health academic and non-academic partners to train a new generation of PhD specialists in gerontology, neuroscience and epidemiology with solid innovation and entrepreneurship competencies.

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I&E Advanced Course Spring 2023-1

Message by M. Cristina Polidori:

Dear Students,

The EIT Health Ageing PhD School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advanced Course on Frailty reached its 5th edition.

Please do save the dates April 17th-April 28th, 2023 between 4.30 and 6.30 pm CET (unless otherwise specified):

After the previous successful editions, hosting world renown representatives of the fields of ageing research, ageing medicine, gerontology, geriatrics, technology, education and entrepreneurship, we are delighted to announce the upcoming seminars of Janet Lord, Andreas Kruse, Helen Griffiths, Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft, Hans-Werner Wahl, Susanne Zank, Suresh Rattan, Frank Jessen as well as the presence of experts in career development, human factors, gender and diversity from leading institutions and companies including Memodio, Entrance Robotics, the University and Düsseldorf, the Max Plack Institute for Biology of Ageing and the European Space Agency.   

Looking forward to meeting you during the Spring 2023 I&E advanced course "The biopsychosocial model of frailty and resilience"!

EIT Health I&E Advanced Course Spring 2023-1


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The biopsychosocial model of frailty and resilience

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Biosketches of our speakers

Prof. Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal in Madrid

is a specialist in Geriatric Medicine. He is currently Chair of the Geriatric Department at the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal in Madrid, and Professor of Geriatrics at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain. He also chairs the Spanish National Board of Geriatrics and is corresponding member of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain.

Founder and Past President of the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS), he is currently Editor-in-Chief of European Geriatric Medicine, the official journal of this society. Member of the WHO Clinical Consortium on Healthy Ageing, he represents Spain in the Board of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) and serves in the Editorial Board of most major geriatric medicine journals (Age Ageing, J Am Geriatr Soc, JAMDA, JNHA, Aging Clin Exp Res).

Title of lecture: Sarcopenia from biomolecular aspects to clinical guidelines

Prof. Dr.med. Frank Jessen, Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy/University Hospital Cologne, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

Frank Jessen studied human medicine in Homburg/Saar and New York until 1995. He then worked at the Institute of Neuropathology at the University of Düsseldorf. In the summer of 1996, he moved to the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital in Bonn. In 2002, he became senior physician and head of clinical Alzheimer's research there. In 2004, he completed his habilitation in psychiatry and psychotherapy. In 2010, Frank Jessen received a W2 professorship in Clinical Dementia Research in Bonn and was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Since 2010, he has also been an associated researcher at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). Since 2015, Frank Jessen has been Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of Cologne. Frank Jessen's research focuses on early detection and prediction as well as prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The methods used include clinical and neuropsychological procedures, neuroimaging, epidemiology and genetics. A new field of research is geriatric depression. Frank Jessen is a member of the board of the German Society for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Neurology (DGPPN), the clinical board of the DZNE and vice chairman of the executive committee of the European Alzheimer's Disease Consortium (EADC). He is founder and past-chairman of the ISTAART professional interest area on subjective cognitive decline (SCD) and past-member of the ISTAART scientific advisory counsil. He is a member of the NIA-AA working group on Alzheimer' s disease research criteria and lead author of the DGPPN and DGN S3 guideline on dementia. He is the author of over 350 original papers and several book chapters. He is co-editor of the practice handbook Gerontopsychiatry and -psychotherapy and editor of the handbook Alzheimer's disease.

Title of lecture: Dementia from biomolecular aspects to clinical guidelines

Prof. Suresh Rattan, Professor Emeritus of Biogerontology at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark

Research areas and expertise include ageing of human cells and application of the concept of mild stress-induced hormesis as a modulator of ageing. Recipient of the Lord Cohen Medal in Gerontology from the British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA), and an Honorary Doctorate from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (St. Petersburg branch). Discoverer of the healthy-ageing effects of kinetin and zeatin, forming the basis of some cosmeceuticals. Published more than 300 scientific articles, and has authored/edited/co-edited 20 books, including books for children, general public and research scientists. Founding Editor-in-Chief of BIOGERONTOLOGY (since 2000) – an international peer reviewed journal published by Springer-Nature. Present Chairman of the Biological Section of the European Region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG-ER). Personal website:www.sureshrattan.com

Title of lecture: Zooming out for understanding biological ageing and beyond

Prof. Janet M Lord, University of Birmingham

Janet Lord is Professor of Immune Cell Biology and director of the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research. Her primary research focus is on the effect of ageing upon immune function and how this limits the ability of older adults to resolve inflammation and predisposes them to chronic inflammatory disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis. She also researches the link between chronic systemic inflammation and physical frailty, notably sarcopenia, in old age and chronic diseases including chronic liver disease and COPD. She has expertise in identifying primary drivers of disease and taking this through to interventions and clinical trials. One example is her work on compromised neutrophil function in old age which she established was due to overactive PI3kinase delta. This led to a trial inhibiting this pathway with simvastatin to correct this defect in a clinical trial which reduced pneumonia related deaths by 40%. In 2013 she was awarded the Lord Cohen of Birkenhead medal for her outstanding research in human ageing by the British Society for Research in to Ageing. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.

Title of lecture: Frailty and Immunity

Prof. Susanne Zank, University of Cologne

After studying psychology at the TU Berlin and Vancouver/Canada, Susanne Zank was a research assistant, assistant and senior assistant at the TU and FU Berlin. She also worked as a licensed psychological psychotherapist in the Geronto-psychiatric clinic and polyclinic of the University Hospital. She habilitated in psychology at the FU Berlin, and in 2006 she took over the chair of clinical psychology at the University of Siegen. Since October 2010, Prof. Zank has held the Chair of Rehabilitation Science Gerontology and is Director of the Centre for Therapeutic Gerontology at the University of Cologne.

Her research focuses include stress and intervention research with caring relatives of dementia patients, intervention and rehabilitation research with elderly people and the evaluation of outpatient and inpatient care.

Since 2017 Prof. Zank is Dean of the Faculty for Human Sciences of the University of Cologne. In 2022 she also became vice director of the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (Ceres) at the University of Cologne.

Title of lecture: Psychosocial aspects of the oldest-old

PD Dr. Nils Hansson, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf

Dr. Hansson is a historian of medicine and medical ethicist. One of his main research interests is the gender award gap and the relevance of awards in academia.

Dr. Hansson studied human medicine, German studies and history at the universities of Lund/Malmö, Berlin and Gießen. He was then a visiting researcher and research associate at the universities of Göttingen, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Cologne and Riga before coming to Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf to do his habilitation in the subjects, history, theory and ethics of medicine.Currently, he works at the Department of the history, philosophy and ethics of medicine, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany.

Title of lecture: Gender and Diversity

Prof. Helen Griffiths PhD, FRSB, FLSW, Swansea University

Prof. Griffiths is a biochemist with a focus on translational research for the benefits of human health. She has published ~ 180 peer reviewed papers to date in her academic career, pursuing new knowledge of mechanisms of inflammation and degenerative diseases that are associated with ageing and supervised over 30 wonderful PhD students to successful completion of their research degrees. She is a member of the Editorial Board for Redox Biology.

Prof. Griffiths was awarded a personal Chair in Biomedical Sciences in 2005. She founded the Aston Centre for Healthy Ageing in 2009 that takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and promoting successful ageing by asking how biological, technological, strategic, therapeutic and psychosocial strategies can be employed to understand ageing and to mitigate its negative effects. Her research is collaborative in nature, with clinicians and industrial partners, with the goal to develop new research talent and knowledge which together have a positive impact on healthy ageing.

Prof. Griffiths was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University in August 2020. She has served as a REF2021 UoA3 panel member and is a Board member of the Wales Innovation Network and JISC Research Strategy Forum. She has previously served on the Boards of Surrey Sports Park and of Surrey County Council Health and Wellbeing Board. She has been a member of the Council of Governors for two major Health Trusts in Birmingham and Guildford.

Prof. Griffiths is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Title of lecture: Exploring biomarkers of frailty

Prof. Andreas Kruse, University of Heidelberg

Prof. Kruse is a senior professor distinctus (professor for life) at the University of Heidelberg and a member of the European Committee for Economic and Social Affairs (Brussels). He has been Director of the University's Institute of Gerontology until September 2021, member of the German Ethics Council until September 2022, Chairman of the Federal Government’s Ageing Report Commissions until January 2020.

His main research interests are social and individual potentials of old age, competence in old age, vulnerability and resilience, psychosomatics of old age, quality of life in dementia, palliative care, ethical and political issues of old age.

Title of lecture: Living and dying in advanced age

Prof. Hans-Werner Wahl, University of Heidelberg

Prof. Wahl is a senior professor and project director at the Network Aging Research of Heidelberg University and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Psychology of Heidelberg University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Free University of Berlin in 1989. His research activities include the role of subjective aging as well as the physical-technological environments for aging well, adaptational processes related to chronic functional loss, and conceptual issues in aging research. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books and more than 450 scholarly journal articles and chapters related to the study of adult development and aging h-index = 53). He is the founding editor of the European Journal of Ageing (together with Dorly Deeg), consulting editor of Psychology and Aging, one of the editors of the Zeitschrift für Gerontologie and Geriatrie, and an editorial board member of The Gerontologist. Dr. Wahl is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) since 2002. He has received the 2008 Social Gerontology Award of the GSA (together with Manfred Diehl), the 2009 M. Powell Lawton Award of the GSA, the 2019 IAGG-ER Advanced Scholar Award: Socio-Behavioral Sciences, the 2020 BSS – Richard M. Kalish Innovative Publication Award (Article) of the Gerontological Society of America (together with Denis Gerstorf), and the 2021 BSS – Richard M. Kalish Innovative Publication Award (Book), Gerontological Society of America (together with Manfred Diehl). He is president-elect of the German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Title of lecture: Ageing, digitalization and smart technology – what should we expect?

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Prof. Dr. M. Cristina Polidori CECAD

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Full Professor and Head of Ageing Clinical Research/Leitung Klinische Altersforschung, Dpt. II of Internal Medicine/Klinik II für Innere Medizin

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