Experts Guide
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Elder Care & Aging Experts

Steve Austad, Ph.D.

The biology of aging • Evolution • Ecology of infectious diseases • Scientific communication • Longevity of life

Cynthia Brown, M.D.

Mobility in geriatric patients • Elder care • In-hospital mobility programs

Thomas Buford, Ph.D. 

Perserving the health and independence of older adults • Healthy aging • Physical activity and fitness and how it impacts aging and quality of life • Exercises and interventions to increase mobility in older adults 

Christine Curcio, Ph.D. 

Aging • Age-related macular degeneration • Pathogenesis

Andrew Duxbury, M.D.

Elder care • Elder mobility & fall prevention • Alzheimer's & dementia care • Home care for elder patients • Geriatrics • Overmedication of the elderly

David Geldmacher, M.D.

Memory disorders • Alzheimer’s disease • Dementia • Clinical trials of dementia therapy • Dementia risk assessment • Visual processing

Grace Grau, DNP

Health Disparities • Cardiovascular disease • Chronic and continuing care for adults and the elderly 

Anand Iyer, M.D.

Lung health • Chronic lung disease • Critical care • COPD • Palliative care • Vaping

Rita Jablonski, Ph.D.

Elder care • Aging • Dementia • Nursing home safety • Oral health for the elderly • Family caregiving

Kimberly Kirklin, M.A.

Arts in medicine • Arts in health • Improving quality of life for all ages through the arts 

Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D.

Nutrition • Obesity • Diet myths • Nutrition's effect on bone health • Aging

David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D.

Movement disorders • Parkinson’s disease • Neurodegenerative diseases

Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D.

Epigenetics • Cancer origin • Diet and cancer prevention • Gene regulation • Underlying mechanisms of cancer and aging • Novel therapeutic approaches to cancer

Rodney Tucker, M.D.

Palliative care in chronic illnesses such as heart failure and HIV • Palliative and Support Care and Hospice • Patient- and family-centered care and patient experience • Relieving suffering and quality of life for patients and offering family support