“… young researchers must learn the need for interdisciplinarity at the very beginning of their career.”
What are the most exciting challenges in your field of aging research?
The major challenge in epidemiology is to apply what has been learned in epidemiologic studies on older populations, so that effective prevention and treatment strategies can be developed. Many risk factors for disease and disability have been elucidated, and a lifelong approach to promoting healthy aging has emerged as a priority.
The theme of IAGG-ER 2019 is “Towards capability in ageing – from cell to society”. What are your thoughts on the theme and how is your own research related to it?
Excellent theme, underlying that geriatrics and gerontology have as common goals to reduce the burden of illness, enhance quality of life, and maintain health among older adults. In order to reach these goals we must first understand the intricate web of interdependent genetic, biochemical, physiological, economic, social, and psychological factors, and the program will reflect all these efforts with a multidisciplinary approach.
Dr. Maggi is a Board-Certified Geriatrician in Italy and obtained a MPH at the Johns Hopkins University. She started her career as coordinator of the Program for Research on Aging of WHO, based at NIA, NIH, Bethesda, MD, US, and is currently Research Director at the CNR Aging Branch-Institute of Neuroscience in Padua. She is a member of the Board of Directors of AFAR and Past President of the EuGMS.