Luigi Ferrucci named NIA scientific director

May 24, 2011

Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally known geriatrician and gerontologist, has been named NIA’s new Scientific Director, effective May 8, 2011.

Dr. Ferrucci has served in NIA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) as chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section in the Clinical Research Branch since 2002, where he also directs the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA). Under his leadership, the BLSA has been reconceptualized and revitalized, based on new paradigms about how we age. Findings from this research are aimed at developing ways to reduce the burden of disease and disability for older people.

“I look forward to Dr. Ferrucci’s bringing the same compassion, dedication, and innovation that have characterized his career to this new position of leadership in aging research,” stated NIA Director, Richard J. Hodes, M.D. in an announcement to NIA staff.

As a physician-researcher with a doctorate in the biology and pathophysiology of aging, Dr. Ferrucci has mentored dozens of scientists and been a resource to gerontologists across the Institute and beyond. His teaching extends to adjunct professorships at both University of Maryland School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. Dr. Ferrucci has served as Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences since 2005 and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, on the editorial board of Geriatría y Gerontología (Barcelona, Spain), and a reviewer for The Wellcome Trust (London, England). He is a member of American Geriatrics Society and the Gerontological Society of America.

Before coming to NIA, Dr. Ferrucci was Assistant Director and Coordinator of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the National Institute for Research and Care on Aging in Italy.

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