Discover our keynote speakers for Frailty Asia-China 2019:


"IAGG World Academy and Icope teachings"

Prof. Jean-Pierre Michel, Geneva - Switzerland






Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel is a full Professor of Medicine at Geneva University Medical School and is former head of the geriatric ward – 124 acute care beds including an intensive care unit of 4 beds at the Geneva University Hospitals - Switzerland. From 1987 to 2007, he chaired the Geneva Geriatric Institutions (440 beds with community and ambulatory networks) and set up the Academic Geriatric department of the Geneva Medical School and University Hospitals including 3 full professors of medicine and 13 other academic positions in geriatrics, biology of ageing, bone metabolism, gerodontology and palliative medicine. Before joining Geneva, he served since 1977, as professor of internal medicine at Limoges University Medical School (France) and between 1983 and 1987 as chief of the Geriatric ward (300 beds including 24 acute care beds) at the University Hospitals of this medium size city. He co-founded the Interdisciplinary Gerontology Centre (Geneva University) and the European Academy for Medicine of Aging (EAMA), who contributed to promote 42 professors of geriatric medicine, mainly in Europe. A few of his overseas students created the same kind of teaching activities based on the EAMA model in Central and South Americas - ALMA- and the Middle East – MEAMA, which are still very active and successful. He is honorary professor of medicine in Limoges University (FR), at the Beijing University Hospital (CN), and adjunct professor at Mac Gill University (CA). Moreover, he is Fellow of the Royal British College of Physicians of London (UK) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (UK). In 2006, he got the International Ignatus NASCHER Prize “Life Long Achievement” (Austria) and in 2010, he was elected corresponding member of the French National Academy of Medicine. After acting as academic director of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) he was elected President of the EUGMS (Elect between 2010 and 2012 and active 2012-2014). He has authored about 400 scientific papers (including more than 200 peer review papers, original research papers and reviews). He is the author of numerous book chapters and co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine - 2000 - and the International Textbook of Geriatrics - 2010. Since 2010 he is the editor-in-chief of the EUGMS journal named European Geriatric Medicine (EGM).


"IAGG GARN and the researchon Frailty and Intrinsic Capacity and the ICOPE program"

Professor Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas, Madrid Spain




Head of the Department of Geriatrics at Hospital Universitario de Getafe (Madrid), Professor of Geriatrics at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Coordinator of the Spanish Collaborative Research Network on Aging and Frailty - RETICEF (Ministry of Science and Innovation), and Co-director of the Toledo Study on Healthy Ageing, carried out on 2.895 community-dwelling older people. Principal Investigator in several research EU-funded projects focused on frailty: FOD-CC, aimed to find a clinical definition of frailty; MID-FRAIL to test the efficacy of a multimodal intervention in prefrail/frail older patients with type 2 diabetes; FRAILOMIC with the aim of knowing the usefulness of “omics” in the diagnostic and prognosis of frailty; FRAILCLINIC to assess the effectiveness of a liaison geriatric team in the management of frail older patients admitted to the Hospital out of the Geriatric Department and FRAILTOOLS to assess the performance of the most used diagnostic tools of frailty in different clinical settings. In addition he is participating in other EU-funded projects and since 2016 is leading the European Joint Action on Frailty Prevention. Prof. Rodriguez-Mañas has published original manuscripts in peer reviewed journals, books and book chapters and has participated in performing Technical Reports on several aspects of ageing, frailty and diabetes in older people for both national (Ministry of Health, Scientific Societies, Research Bodies and Agencies) and international (WHO, PAHO, DG-SANCO, DG-Research, IAGG, etc) organisms. 



"How to tackle Frailty in Japan?"

Hidenori Arai, MD, PhD, President, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology





Dr. Arai is the Deputy Director of the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG) of Japan, Director of the Center for Gerontology and Social Science (CGSS) at the NCGG, Vice-President of the Japanese Geriatrics Society, Founder of the Japanese Study Group on Sarcopenia and Frailty, Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Executive Editor of Geriatrics and Gerontology International. He has over 200 publications in the field of geriatrics and gerontology. His research focus is dedicated to promoting independence and improving the quality-of-life of older people, which are core missions of the NCGG/CGSS.



"Barriers and facilitators in implementation of the ICOPE program in Hong Kong "

Jean Woo, MD, PhD Emeritus Professor of Medicine Henry G Leong Research Professor of Gerontology and Geriatrics Faculty of Medicine Director, CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing Director, SH Ho Centre for Gerontology and Geriatrics Director, Centre for Nutritional Studies The Chinese University of Hong Kong








Professor Jean Woo graduated from Cambridge University in 1974.  After medical posts in the Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and Brompton Hospitals, she worked in part time posts in general practice as well as research in the University of Hong Kong.  She joined the Department of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1985 as Lecturer responsible for the development of the teaching and service in Geriatric Medicine, becoming Head of the Department in 1993 until 1999, Chief of Service of  Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital from 1993, and Chair 
Professor of Medicine in 1994.  From 2000-6 she was Head of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, and from 2001-5 Director of the newly established School of Public Health. She is known for her pioneering studies into the epidemiology of common chronic diseases affecting the elderly in Hong Kong, the impact of nutrition on health, among the adult Hong Kong population and the elderly in institutional settings, and the development and evaluation of various modes of service delivery for the elderly. Current work

Currently she heads the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, is Chief of Service (General) of the Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital, and Honorary Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong.  Her research interests include chronic diseases affecting elderly people, health services research, nutrition epidemiology, quality of life issues at the end of life, with over 550 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals.


"Cell Therapy for the Treatment and Prevention of Aging-Related Frailty and Alzheimer's Disease"

 Joshua M. Hare, MD, FACC, FAHA Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Longeveron LLC, Miami - USA



  • "WHO Program on Integrated Care for Older Persons to maintain functions and prevent dependency in seniors: How to implement the WHO Icope program worldwide"

  • "Return on experience from implementing the WHO Icope program in Europe, France"

  • "Implementing Icope Program in China"

  • "Implementing Icope Program in Japan"



Program conducted on behalf the W.H.O Collaborative center for Frailty, Clinical Research and Geriatric training


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