OBM Geriatrics

(ISSN 2638-1311)

OBM Geriatrics is an Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 8 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in 2020, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). 

Current Issue: 2021  Archive: 2020 2019 2018 2017


Michael Fossel, MD, PhD (Biography)

1. President of Telocyte (http://www.telocyte.com), Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
2. Retired Clinical Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University, Ada, MI 49301, USA

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Research Interests: human aging; telomeres; telomerase therapy; age-related diseases; Alzheimer's disease
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals: 
Special Issue: Fundamental Interventions: Revolutions in Geriatric Disease
Special Issue: Perspectives on Telomeres and Aging

Editorial Board

Heike Anderson-Schmidt, MA, MSc, PhD

1. Researcher, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Goettingen, 37075 Goettingen, Germany
2. Researcher, Clinical Research Group 241, Institute for Psychiatric Phenomics and Genomics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Nußbaumstr. 7, 80336 Munich, Germany

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Research Interests: cognitive psychology; clinical psychology; behavioral therapy; mental health; cognitive neuroscience

Fabio Antonaci, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology, Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, Mondino National Institute of Neurology Foundation, University of Pavia, Italy

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Research Interests: Neurophysiology; clinical neurology; neurological disorders; neurological diseases; pain medicine; neurology; neurologic examination; clinical neurophysiology; pain and pain management in the elderly

Roy G. Beran, MD

Conjoint Professor, Department of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia;

Professor, School of Medicine, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia;

Profeesor, Chair, Medical Law, Sechenov Moscow First State University, Moscow, Russia

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Research Interests: Sleep; health law & ethics; epilepsy; sleep disorders; drug trials; legal medicine; neurological conditions & new therapies; neurological advances

Gilles Berrut, MD, PhD

Professor and President, Gérontopôle Autonomie Longévité des Pays de la Loire, Nantes University Hospital (CHU de Nantes), Nantes, France

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Research Interests: geriatrics; biology of aging; internal medicine; vascular medicine; Alzheimer’s disease

Chas Bountra, PhD

Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7DQ, UK

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Research Interests: target validation; drug discovery; translational science; structural biology; chemical probes; epigenetics; genetics; human assays

Frieda R. Butler, FAAN, FGSA, MPH, PhD, RN

Professor Emerita and Director of Gerontology Programs, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444, USA

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Research Interests: long-term care; behavioral problems in nursing homes residents; wellness promotion; end-of-life care; grandparents parenting grandchildren; dementia

Evan Paul Cherniack, MD

Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, The Geriatrics Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, USA

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Research interests: Nutrition, frailty, vitamin D, and alternative medicine in the elderly

Giuseppe Cocco, MD

Emeritus Professor, Emeritus Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Cardiology Office, Marktgasse 10a, CH-4310 Rheinfelden, Switzerland


Research Interests: Geriatric cardiology; old cardiac patients; heart failure; geriatric cardiac diseases; noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostics and cardiovascular therapeutics

Nancy B. Emerson Lombardo, PhD

1. Founder and President, Brain Health and Wellness Center, Acton, MA 01720, USA
2. Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Alzheimer's Disease Center, Boston, MA 02118, USA

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Research Interests: brain healthy lifestyles and nutrition; Alzheimer's disease; healthy aging; aging policy; multi-cultural brain health and care work

Susan A. Farr, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA

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Research Interests: Alzheimer's disease; learning and memory

Rocío Fernández-Ballesteros, PhD

Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychobiology and Health Psychology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Campus Canto Blanco – 28049 Madrid, Spain

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Research Interests: psychology of aging; successful aging; cognitive plasticity; aging stereotypes; assessment and evaluation

Jose Fontanilla, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Research Interests: dementia; delirium; polypharmacy; pharmacogenetics; sleep apnea

Michael Fossel, MD, PhD

1. President of Telocyte (http://www.telocyte.com), Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
2. Retired Clinical Professor of Medicine, Michigan State University, Ada, MI 49301, USA

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Research Interests: human aging; telomeres; telomerase therapy; age-related diseases; Alzheimer's disease
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Fundamental Interventions: Revolutions in Geriatric Disease

Leonid A. Gavrilov, MSc, PhD

Principal Investigator, Center on Aging, NORC at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

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Research Interests: biodemography of human longevity; mathematical modeling of aging and mortality; genetics of aging and longevity

Johannes Grillari, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

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Research interests: Cellular aging, replicative senescence, RNA biology, pre-mRNA splicing, non-coding RNA miRNA, Vesicle secretion, DNA damage and repair, Ubiquitin-proteasome

Lisa A. Hollis-Sawyer, PhD

Associate Professor, Gerontology Program Coordinator, Department of Psychology, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, USA

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Research Interests: aging workforce and retirement issues; elder care; older learners
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Got Aging? Examining Later-life Development from a Positive Aging Perspective

R. M. Damian Holsinger, PhD

1. Neuroscience, School Wof Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2. Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience and Dementia, The Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Australia

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Research Interests: Understanding of mechanisms by which complex neurological disorders (with a special interest in Alzheimer's disease) arise and methods of treating these diseases

Anthea Innes, PhD

Professor, Salford Institute for Dementia and Ageing, University of Salford, The Dementia Hub, Allerton Courtyard, Allerton Building, Frederick Road Campus, Salford, M6 6PU, Manchester, UK

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Research Interests: Dementia; Lived experiences; Improving service provision; Rurality; Technology; Creative approaches

Koh Iwasaki, MD, PhD

Vice President, Natori Kumanodoh Hospital, Natori, Japan


Research Interests:  Traditional Chinese medicine; stroke; healthcare; traditional medicine; clinical trials; geriatric medicine; phytotherapy; herbal medicine

Ron J. Jankowski, PhD

Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Cook MyoSite Inc, 105 Delta Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 USA

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Research Interests: Utologous muscle derived cells; incontinence; cell therapies; translational medical and biologic product development

Donald A. Jurivich, DO

Eva Gilbertson, MD Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Geriatrics, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037, USA

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Research Interests: immunology; stress; physical activity and exercise

Patrick Kehoe, BSc, PhD

Gestetner Professor of Translational Dementia Research,School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

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Research Interests: Alzheimer’s disease; dementia; cognitive decline; hypertension; blood pressure; angiotensin

Michele Lanza, MD

Associate Professor, Multidisciplinary Department of Medical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Napoli, Italy

Tel: 0815666768

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Research Interests: Optometry and vision science; glaucoma; eyes; cataract surgery; clinical ophthalmology; eye diseases; optical coherence tomography; retinal diseases; vision science; OCT

Elham Mahmoudi, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, 2800 Plymouth Rd. NCRC, Building 14, Room G234, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

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Research Interests: Health Economics; Racial and Ethnic Disparities; Disability; Aging and Cognitive Decline

Volodymyr Mavrych, MD, PhD, DSc

1. Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Anatomy, St. Matthew’s University, School of Medicine, Cayman Islands
2. Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Vancouver, Canada

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Research Interests: neuroscience; anatomy; osteology; lumber vertebrae; age-related changes; osteoporosis

Pedro Morouco

Associate Professor, Department of Human Kinetics, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, 2411 Leiria, Portugal;

CIPER, Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, 1495 Cruz Quebrada Dafundo, 1649004 Lisbon, Portugal

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Research Interests: Exercise and health; sport sciences; elderly; osteoarthritis; exercise physiology; sports science

Elizabeta B. Mukaetova-Ladinska, MD, MedSci, PhD, MRCPsych

Professor of Old Age Psychiatry
Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of Leicester, UK

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Research Interests: Ageing; Dementia; Diagnosis; Treatment; Biomarkers

Shin Murakami, PhD, FGSA

Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro University California, 1310 Club Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592, USA

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Research interests: Aging; stress resistance; cognitive functions; Alzheimer’s disease; genetics; geriatrics; genetics and epigenetics of aging; role of metabolism genes in AMI (age-related memory impairment) and dementia; midlife crisis theory of aging

Khue Vu Nguyen

Full Project Scientist, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, California, USA

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Research Interests: Molecular Biology; Genetic Diseases; Enzymology; Biosensors; Biopolymers; Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disorders; Cancer

Kelly Niles-Yokum, MPA, PhD

Director of the Gerontology Program at ULV, Associate Professor of Gerontology, University of La Verne, 1950 3rd Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750, USA

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Research Interests: the impact of ageism; the social construction of aging; aging public policy and programs, etc

Carlo Pedrolli, MD

Dietetic and Clinical Nutrition Unit, Santa Chiara Hospital, Azienda Provinciale per i Servizi Sanitari Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Largo Medaglie d’Oro 9, Trento 38122, Italy

Tel: +39.0461.903519

Fax: +39.0461.903112


Research Interests:  Nutrition; geriatric nutrition; internal medicine; cardiology; clinical nutrition; malnutrition; nutrition assessment; human nutrition; nutritional medicine; body composition analysis; dietetics

Donatella R. Petretto

Professor, Section on Clinical Psychology, Department of Education, Psychology, Philosophy, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy


Research Interests: Active ageing; successful ageing; oldest old; cognitive functioning; well-being; partecipation; disability; health and disablement
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Ageing and a Biopsychosocial Approach

William M. Petrie, MD

Professor, Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Research Interests: administration of geriatric psychiatry; assessment of geriatric; clinical treatment of psychiatry; psychopharmacology, etc

Gareri Pietro, MD, PhD, geriatrician.

CDCD Catanzaro Lido – ASP Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy

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Research Interests: Assessment and care of elderly complex patients with comorbidities and poly-treated; Elderly; Dementia care; Cognitive disorders; Behavioral disorders; Neurobiology; Home care; Pharmacology; Parkinson's disease; Depressive disorders; Comorbidities; Polytreatment; Drug adverse events; Pharmacovigilance

James S. Powers, MD

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA
Clinical Associate Director, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center
Tel.: 615-936-3274
Fax: 615-936-3156

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Research Interests: Accidental Falls; Delirium; Dementia; Geriatric Consultation; Geriatric Syndromes; Hospital Care of Elderly; Interdisciplinary Patient Care Teams; Long Term Care; Patient Centered Medical Home
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue:Models of Caregiver Support

P. Hemachandra Reddy, PhD, FAAAS and FANA

Professor of Internal Medicine, Neuroscience/Pharmacology, Neurology and Public Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th Street / MS / 9424 / 4B 207, Lubbock, Texas 79430, USA

Tel: 806-743-3194

Cell: 971-279-3626

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Research Interests: Aging; neurodegenerative diseases - Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis; mitochondria; oxidative stress; diabetes/obesity; gene expression analysis and gender-based neuronal changes

David G Smithard, BSc MB MD FRCP FRCSLT(Hon)

Consultant in Elderly and Stroke Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Woolwich, SE18 4QH, UK;

Research Fellow, Department of Sports Science, University of Greenwich, London, SE9 2UG, UK

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Research Interests: Dysphagia; frailty; care homes; stroke; swallowing rehabilitation; healthy aging

Miyako Tazaki, PhD

Professor, Department of psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, Tokyo, Japan

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Research Interests: Dementia; elderly; disability; psychology
Special Issues and Collections in LIDSEN journals:
Special Issue: Treatment of Dementia

Jacques Vanobbergen, MDS PhD

Emeritus Professor, Community Dentistry and Oral Public Health, Dental School, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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Research Interests:  Oral health; older adults; oral; dental public health

Giustino Varrassi

Professor, Paolo Procacci Foundation, Roma, Italy

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Research Interests: Anaesthesiology; Pain Medicine; Pain in the Elderly; Analgesics; Pharmacodynamics; Pharmacokinetics; Comorbidity

Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, PhD

Professor, Institute of Human Movement Science and Health, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Thüringer Weg 11, 09126 Chemnitz, Germany

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Research Interests: lifespan motor development and learning; motor-cognitive performance; brain plasticity; cognitive aging; Parkinson’s disease