Invited Speakers


Professor Luc van Loon (The Netherlands)

Luc is the Professor of Physiology of Exercise at the Department of Human Biology at Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise, and the impact of nutritional and pharmacological interventions to modulate muscle metabolism in health and disease.

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Professor Sean X. Leng (USA)

Sean is a geriatrician and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA. He is also an immunogerontologist and his frailty research focuses on the role of chronic inflammation, impact on aging immunity, as well as stem cell therapy as potential intervention.


Professor Cathie Sherrington (Australia)

Cathie is a Professorial Research Fellow and NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship at the School of Public Health and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, University of Sydney. She leads the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability Research Stream, and her research focuses on the design and evaluation of falls prevention and exercise interventions for older people and those with disabilities.


Professor Andrea Maier (Australia)

Andrea is Professor of Gerontology at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Aged Care at the University of Melbourne. Her research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related diseases, with a particular focus on sarcopenia


Emeritus Professor Miranda Grounds (Australia)

Miranda is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at University of Western Australia. She is as a cell biologist who has focussed on skeletal muscle, using in vivomouse models to investigate factors controlling the post-natal growth, maintenance, hypertrophy/atrophy, damage and regeneration of normal, diseased (muscular dystrophies) and ageing muscles.