Invited Speakers


Professor Steven B. Heymsfield, MD (USA)

Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D. is Professor and Director of the Body Composition-Metabolism Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge. Dr. Heymsfield stepped down as Executive Director of Pennington Biomedical in 2013 to assume his current position.  He has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers covering topics such as obesity, malnutrition, cachexia, body composition, and caloric expenditure. His contributions to the study of human nutrition led to the TOPS Award from The Obesity Society, the Rhoads Award from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award, American Society of Nutrition (ASN), the George Bray Founders Award from The Obesity Society, and he was honored for his role in the FDA ban on ephedra, receiving the 2004 NYC Mayor's Award for Science and Technology. Dr. Heymsfield was elected Fellow of The Obesity Society in 2014, and he is an honorary member of the American Dietetic and Chilean Clinical Nutrition Associations. Dr. Heymsfield is past-president of ASPEN and ASN and he is President- elect of The Obesity Society.


Professor Liang-Kung Chen, MD, PhD (Taiwan)

Director of Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
Leader, Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia


Dr Lora Giangregorio, PhD (Canada)

PhD, Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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Professor Ian R Reid, MD FRSNZ (New Zealand)

Ian Reid is an endocrinologist and Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland, where he is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.  His research interests include calcium metabolism, vitamin D and osteoporosis. He is a past-president of the International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS), and a recipient of research awards nationally and internationally, including the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize. 


Associate Professor Phil Sheard (New Zealand)

Associate Professor Philip Sheard is in the Department of Physiology at the University of Otago. Dr Sheard’s lab uses animal models to investigate and describe age-related changes in upper and lower motoneurons, the neuromuscular junction, and skeletal muscle fibres and connective tissues. The primary objectives of the work are to understand how and why skeletal muscles become weaker in old age, and to understand how regular physical activity protects cells in the neuromuscular system from age-related deterioration.