Invited Speakers


Professor Steven B. Heymsfield (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 (Taiwan)

Dr Liang-Kung Chen is currently Director of the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, and Professor of National Yang Ming University School of Medicine, and Chairman of Asia Pacific League of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics.  Dr Chen is the editorial member of several international and local journals, including Taiwan Geriatrics and Gerontology, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Case Reports in Medicine, Journal of the Korean Geriatrics Society, Associate Editor of Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles.


Professor Leocadio Rodriguez Mañas (Spain)

Head of the Department of Geriatrics at Hospital Universitario de Getafe (Madrid), Professor of Geriatrics at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Coordinator of the Spanish Collaborative Research Network on Aging and Frailty - RETICEF (Ministry of Science and Innovation), and Co-director of the Toledo Study on Healthy Ageing, carried out on 2.895 community-dwelling older people.

Principal Investigator in several research EU-funded projects focused on frailty: FOD-CC, aimed to find a clinical definition of frailty; MID-FRAIL to test the efficacy of a multimodal intervention in prefrail/frail older patients with type 2 diabetes; FRAILOMIC with the aim of knowing the usefulness of “omics” in the diagnostic and prognosis of frailty; FRAILCLINIC to assess the effectiveness of a liaison geriatric team in the management of frail older patients admitted to the Hospital out of the Geriatric Department and FRAILTOOLS to assess the performance of the most used diagnostic tools of frailty in different clinical settings. In addition he is participating in other EU-funded projects and since 2016 is leading the European Joint Action on Frailty Prevention.

Prof. Rodriguez-Mañas has published original manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, books and book chapters and has participated in performing Technical Reports on several aspects of ageing, frailty and diabetes in older people for both national (Ministry of Health, Scientific Societies, Research Bodies and Agencies) and international (WHO, PAHO, DG-SANCO, DG-Research, IAGG, etc) organisms. 


Associate Professor Lora Giangregorio (Canada)

Dr Giangregorio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada).  Her research aims to increase physical activity and reduce osteoporotic fracture risk in older adults.  She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Osteoporosis Canada, with whom she partners on a number of initiatives to improve patient and health care provider education.  Her research team has worked with Osteoporosis Canada to develop BoneFit, a two-day workshop for physiotherapists and kinesiologists on appropriate assessment and exercise prescription for individuals with osteoporosis.  She also led the development of the Too Fit To Fracture Exercise and Physical Activity Recommendations for Individuals with Osteoporosis.  Dr Giangrigorio is currently Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging at the University of Waterloo.

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Professor Ian R Reid (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.