Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Aging Phenotypes

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, January 10, 2013

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 1st Fl Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Luigi Ferucci, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
National Institute on Aging
Chief, Longitudinal Studies Section, NIA
Director, Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Luigi Ferrucci is a geriatrician and an epidemiologist who conducts research on the causal pathways leading to progressive physical and cognitive decline in older persons. 

Dr. Ferrucci received a medical degree and board certification in 1980, a board certification in geriatrics in 1982, and Ph.D. in biology and pathophysiology of aging in 1998 at the University of Florence, Italy. He spent a 2-year internship at the intensive care unit of the Florence Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and was for many years Associate Professor of Biology, Human Physiology and Statistics at the University of Florence. 

Between 1985 and 2002, Dr. Ferrucci was Chief of Geriatric Rehabilitation in the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the Italian National Institute of Aging. During the same period, he collaborated with the NIA Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry where he spent several periods as Visiting Scientist. 

In September 2002, Dr. Ferrucci became the Chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section at the National Institutes of Aging and the Director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging. In 2011, he was named the Scientific Director of the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Ferrucci has made major contributions in the design of many epidemiological studies conducted in the U.S. and in Europe, including the European Longitudinal Study on Aging, the "ICare Dicomano Study", the AKEA study of Centenarians in Sardinia, and the Women's Health and Aging Study. He was also the Principal Investigator of the InCHIANTI study, a longitudinal study conducted in the Chianti Geographical area (Tuscany, Italy) looking at risk factors for mobility disability in older persons. Dr. Ferrucci is currently refining the design of the BLSA to focus more on normal aging and the development of age-associated frailty.

After attending this activity, participants will:

  1. Understand changes that occur with aging in the human physiology
  2. Correlate those changes with loss of mobility and cognition
  3. Explore possible alternative definitions of healthy aging

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Host: Division of Geriatrics (Department of Medicine)

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