Tutors 2024

Worldwide full Professors in Geriatric Medicine and other medical specialities.

Worldwide full Professors and Experts in Gerontology (nursing, nutrition, psychology, sociology and also architecture, demography, economy, and engineering.

The tutors involved in a session should participate in all teaching activities.



April 2024, Nutritional issues in the aging and old populations

Prof. Reshma Merchant

Associate Professor Reshma Merchant
Head of Division Geriatric Medicine and Senior Consultant
Department of Medicine
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. National University of Singapore
National University Health System, Singapore

She graduated from the University of Edinburgh and obtained her postgraduate qualification from the Royal College of Physicians, London, in 1999, where she worked for several years before returning to Singapore in 2001. She is a member of WHO Global Network on Long-term care (GNLTC), Clinical Consortium on Healthy Aging and recognised as a thought leader and special expert in policy, research and practice in fields associated with population ageing globally. She has won multiple clinical and teaching awards, including the NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle Master Clinician Award in 2022. She is well published and her main areas of research interests are in sarcopenia, frailty and healthy ageing in community dwelling older adults. She is currently leading the frailty prevention initiative at Health District @ Queenstown in Singapore.

Prof. Hidetaka Wakabayashi


Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital, Professor


2013 – 2016 Jikei University Graduate School of Medicine, Doctor of Medical Science

1989 – 1995 Yokohama City University School of Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, Medical Doctor


2020 – present Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital, department of rehabilitation medicine, Professor

2008 – 2020 Yokohama City University Medical Center, department of rehabilitation medicine

2003 – 2008 Saiseikai Yokohama City South Hospital, department of rehabilitation medicine

2000 – 2003 Yokohama Stroke and Brain Center, department of rehabilitation medicine

1998 – 2000 Yokohama Rehabilitation Center, department of rehabilitation medicine

1997 – 1998 Yokohama City University Hospital, department of rehabilitation medicine

1995 – 1997 Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, junior resident of internal medicine


Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD): Board member,

Associate Editor of the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (JCSM)

Asian Working Group for Cachexia (AWGC): member


2018: The 4th Asian Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia (ACFS). First Prize.

2015: The 16th congress of the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia (PENSA). Best Free Paper Award Oral Presentation.

Prof. Chan Yoke Mun

Dr. Chan Yoke Mun is a Professor at the Department of Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and consultant dietitian at the Hospital Abdul Aziz Shah, previously known as Teaching Hospital Universiti Putra Malaysia.

She is currently the Program Head of Medical Gerontology, Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing, UPM and leading the Research Centre of Excellence, Nutrition and Non-communicable Diseases (RCoE NNCD), UPM. She was also the former head of Medical Gerontology Laboratory, Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing.

Prof Dr Chan was the founding president and the current president of Malaysian Society of Body Composition (MSBC).

Her research interests are on chronic diseases affecting older adults, nutrition epidemiology and quality of life, with strong affinity on research related to renal nutrition, bone nutrition and sarcopenia. To date, she led 27 research projects and has more than 100 publications including journal articles, modules, national guidelines and books.

Prof Dr Chan is recognised as key opinion leader and member of expert panel for various national and international committees, including the latest Dietary Guidelines for Older Persons (2023), Malaysian Dietary Guidelines (2020) and Recommended Nutrient Intakes for Malaysia (2017).

March 2024, Geroscience

Prof. Ao-Lin Allen Hsu

Distinguished Professor,
Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan.

The focus of his laboratory is to understand the biology of aging at the cellular and molecular level by investigating the genetic, environmental, and pharmacological factors that influence the rate of aging and longevity using C. elegans as a model organism. The main theme of his current efforts is directed toward the following areas:  (1) Roles of Heat-Shock Factor (HSF-1) and Histones in stress response and longevity regulation.  (2) Molecular mechanisms of the longevity response to dietary restriction (DR). (3) Inter-organ communications that mediate the longevity regulation. (4) Cellular mechanisms of age-associated decline of motor activity and cognitive function. (5)  Interventions that slow aging and Sarcopenia.


Prof. Suresh Rattan

SURESH RATTAN, Ph.D.,Dr.scient. • is a Biogerontologist, Emeritus, affiliated with the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark. • His research areas and expertise include ageing of human cells and application of the concept of mild stress-induced hormesis as a modulator of ageing and longevity. • He is a recipient of the prestigious Lord Cohen Medal in Gerontology from the British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA), and an Honorary Doctorate from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (St. Petersburg branch). • He is the discoverer of the healthy-ageing effects of kinetin and zeatin. He has published more than 300 scientific articles, and has authored/edited/co-edited 25 books, including books for children, general public and research scientists. • He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Biogerontology – an international peer reviewed journal published by Springer-Nature. • He is the present Chairman of the Biological Section of the European Region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG-ER). His personal website is: https://sureshrattan.com/ His university profile site: https://pure.au.dk/portal/da/rattan@mbg.au.dk Contact address: email: rattan@mbg.au.dk Phone: +45 2899 2496

Prof. Tamas Fulop

Prof Tamas Fulop M.D, PhD, FRCPC is an internist-geriatrician and senior researcher at the Research Center at the Université de Sherbrooke. He completed his medical studies at the University of Geneva. He made his PhD at Hungary. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Paris XII. He moved to the Université de Sherbrooke in 1993. His main research field is immunology in aging and age-related diseases. He authored more than 380 papers. He is Editor-in-Chief of Gerontology. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

February 2024, Aging in a changing world

Dr. Tan Maw Pin

Dr Tan Maw Pin is a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Universiti Malaya. After completing her undergraduate medical training at the University of Nottingham and her core medical training at Nottingham City Hospital, Prof Tan obtained a National Training Number in Geriatric Medicine at Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, where she also undertook two years of full-time research training at the Institute of Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. An avid researcher, she is currently the Principal Investigator of the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Long-Term Research Grant Scheme funded project, TrAnsforming CoGnitivE Frailty into Later-lifESelf-Sufficiency (AGELESS),  and is the current President of the Malaysian Society of Geriatric Medicine and the Honorary General Secretary of the College of Physicians of Malaysia. 


Dr. Favila Escobio

Humanitarian Health Advisor for HelpAge International currently following responses in Ukraine, Northwest Syria, Occupied Palestinian territories 

More than 10 years as humanitarian health worker with different medical organizations – mainly MSF, MdM,  in different field, coordination and HQ positions in conflict settings, natural disasters massive displacements  and outbreaks with a special focus over the last years in Middle East, Mediterranean region and Eastern Europe
Particular interest in Universal Health Coverage, Social Determinants on Health, Displaced populations- Migration Health, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Palliative Care in humanitarian settings 


A podcast in The Lancet in which I participated a couple of weeks ago it is a great listening to introduce the topic:


( also there is the link to the mentioned article in the podcast, but I highly recommend listening to the podcast first)

 A short correspondence also in which I participated recently, general overview of the needs and its link with current situation in Gaza


Prof. Laurie Buys

Laurie Buys, PhD is Professor of Healthy Ageing, Faculty of Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University. She focuses on and facilitates partnerships between industry, government and researchers to address complex challenges and opportunities resulting from longevity and healthy ageing. Her research directly explores the understanding of, and accountability for, the real effects felt by older people resulting from changes in their physical, economic and social life. Laurie is Past President of the Australian Association of Gerontology and has over 200 refereed publications.

January 2024, Healthy Aging 

Dr. Yuka Sumi, MD, MPH, PhD

Medical Officer, Ageing and Health, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health and Ageing (MCA), UHC life course, World Health Organization

Yuka Sumi holds an MD from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, a PhD from Osaka University, Japan, and MPH from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is a certified specialist of Acute and Critical Care Medicine. She has worked as an associate professor in the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and in the Faculty of Gerontology in Juntendo University. In 2016, she joined the Healthcare New Frontier Promotion Headquarters Office in Kanagawa Prefectural Government in Japan as a Global Health Senior Project Leader.

Since December 2016, she is responsible for WHO Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) approach and involved in the publication of ICOPE guidelines in 2017, and led the development of ICOPE package of tools such as ICOPE handbook and digital app: guidance for person-centred assessment and pathways in primary care in 2019. She is a secretariat of WHO Clinical Consortium on Healthy ageing (CCHA)  to contribute to the development of standards and guidelines on the clinical aspects of Healthy Ageing. Under CCHA, she coordinates activities such as ICOPE implementation pilot programme and ICOPE training for health and care workers to support country implementation. She has also led the development of a progress report on UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2023 as well as WHO guideline for non-surgical management of chronic primary low back pain in adults in primary and community care settings.

Prof. Antoine Flahault MD, PhD

Antoine Flahault MD, PhD in biomathematics. He was appointed as full professor of public health in 2002. He was the founding director of the French School of Public Health (EHESP, Rennes, 2007-2012). In January 2014, he was appointed as full professor of public health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva where he is the founding director of the Institute of Global Health. He has been elected as the Dean of the Swiss School of Public Health in Zürich en 2023. He has been president of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), co-director of the European Academic Global Health Alliance (EAGHA), and  president of the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

He conducted  research in mathematical modelling of communicable diseases, chaired the WHO collaborative centre for electronic disease surveillance, and coordinated research on Chikungunya in Indian Ocean (Inserm Prize, 2006; was scientific curator of a large exhibition Epidemik, la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Paris, Rio and Sao Paulo)). He is member of the Académie Suisse des Sciences Médicales (Bern) and corresponding member at Académie Nationale de Médecine (Paris). In November 2023, he had more than 400 scientific publication referenced in the Web of Science.

Prof. Matteo Cesari MD, PhD

Matteo Cesari, MD, PhD, is a Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO; Geneva, Switzerland) in the field of Geriatrics and Gerontology. He is full Professor of Geriatrics on leave at the University of Milan (Milan, Italy). 

He is also Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in the field of Sciences.

His research activities have always been focused on the frailty condition and strategies aimed at preventing the disabling cascade. Dr. Cesari’s activities at the WHO are primarily aimed at the development of policies to promote healthy ageing and improve care services for older persons. 

Dr. Cesari has published more than 890 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and his h-index is 85. He is a coordinator of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS) Special Interest Group on “Frailty and resilience in older persons”, and member of the EuGMS Academic Board.