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Steven Austad

Professor, University of Alabama

Senior Scientific Director, the American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR)

Dr. Austad is a Distinguished Professor and Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research of the Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Scientific Director of the American Federation for Aging Research. Dr. Austad’s current research seeks to understand the underlying causes of aging with a long-term goal of developing medical interventions that slow the age-related decay in human health. Dr. Austad is the author of more than 200 scientific peer-reviewed publications covering nearly every aspect of aging from cells to societies

Joseph Baur

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Director, Mouse Phenotyping, Physiology, and Metabolism Core, Diabetes Research Center/Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism

Dr. Joseph Baur earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he studied mechanisms that limit the lifespan of cultured human cells under Drs. Jerry Shay and Woody Wright. He then moved to Harvard Medical School where he trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. David Sinclair. There he developed a strong interest in the regulation of aging and metabolism by sirtuins, a conserved class of enzymes that require nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) as a co-substrate. His lab currently studies metabolic and signaling pathways by which nutrient intake can influence longevity, with a particular emphasis on NAD and mTOR.

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Evelyne Bischof

Director, Renji Hospital Jiaotong University, Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine

Dr. Bischof is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Her research focus is oncology and longevity medicine, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital health, precision medicine, biogerontology, and geronto-oncology. Dr. Bischof shoulders the director of the Sheba Longevity Center in Israel, and has extensive experience in scientific research and clinical practice at the following well-known and highly reputable institutions: University Hospital of Basel, Fudan Cancer Institute and Hospital; Zhongshan Hospital, Renji Hospital and Shanghai East Hospital.

Charles Brenner

Department Chair of the City of Hope

Dr. Charles Brenner is the Alfred E Mann Family Foundation Chair in Diabetes and Cancer Metabolism in the Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism. His laboratory focuses on disturbances in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), the central catalyst of metabolism, in diseases and conditions of metabolic stress. Among his most significant discoveries, he identified nicotinamide riboside as an unanticipated vitamin precursor of NAD. He also developed a quantitative metabolomic technology that allowed him to discover that the NAD system is disturbed by many diseases and conditions of metabolic stress including diabetes and cancer.

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Jyothi Devakumar

Director, Healthspan Action Coalition

Dr. Jyothi Devakumar is a scientist, entrepreneur and a lifelong longevity enthusiast. She holds a PhD in biotechnology and her postdoctoral work was in in vivo delivery systems. She served as scientific founder and CSO of two startups, and as a consultant in the regenerative medicine and longevity space. In the investing space, she has been a venture consultant, part of a mid-sized venture fund as the Principal Biologist and Partner. She is currently associated with the Longevity Tech Fund group of companies as the Chief Science officer and Partner.

Xiang Gao

Director, Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Fudan University

Dr. Gao is a distinguished professor at the School of Public Health, Fudan University, and an epidemiologist who studies nutrition, sleep, neurological diseases, and nutrition policy. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University and a tenured professor in the Department of Nutrition at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and director of the Nutrition Epidemiology Unit.
He also serves as editor-in-chief of Nutrition Journal. Dr. Gao has been awarded the Leadership Award of Tufts University School of Nutrition 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, American Nutrition Society 2015 Samuel J Fomon Young Physician Award and dozens of other awards.

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Vera Gorbunova

Professor, University of Rochester

Co-director, Rochester Aging Research Center

Dr. Gorbunova is an endowed Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester and a co-director of the Rochester Aging Research Center. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of longevity and genome stability and on the studies of exceptionally long-lived mammals. She has more than 100 publications including publications in high profile journals such as Nature, Science and Cell. Her work received awards of from the Ellison Medical Foundation, the Glenn Foundation, American Federation for Aging Research, and from the National Institutes of Health. 

Jing-Dong Jackie Han

Professor, Peking University

Dr. Han serves as investigator and professor of Center for Quantatitive Biology & Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University. Besides, she shoulders the director of CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology. In 2015, Professor Han's team created a new physiological age prediction clock by collecting 3D facial images and blood samples from Chinese people of different ages which can accurately measure the physiological age that can indicate the human aging process.

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Nan Hao

Professor, University of California San Diego

Dr. Hao received his Ph.D in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Timothy Elston at the University of North Carolina and a postdoctoral fellow with Erin O’Shea at Harvard University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Hao’s lab focuses on the following three major research themes: (1)Decoding the dynamics of stress responses; (2)Probing the causes of cellular aging; (3)Quantifying the heterogeneity in cancer cells.

Zhenyu Ju

Institute of Aging and Regenerative Medicine at Jinan University

 Dr. Zhenyu Ju currently serves as the Director of the Institute of Aging and Regenerative Medicine at Jinan University. He has been focusing on molecular mechanisms of stem cell aging and related diseases using animal models. His research achievements include: Elucidating the endogenous molecular mechanisms of telomere shortening in stem cell senescence; Stem cell function and homeostasis affected by telomere shortening via increased inflammatory cytokines in blood circulation; The interaction between telomere damage and abnormal energy metabolism; The important role of the longevity gene Sirt6 in the homeostasis of hematopoietic stem cells.

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