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Marco Baccini

Physical Therapist, he got a specialized degree in Scienze delle Professioni Sanitarie della Riabilitazione. He is an expert in neurological and geriatric rehabilitation, professor at Università degli Studi di Firenze at CdL in Fisioterapia (of which he is coordinator), at CdL in Terapia nella Neuro e Psicomotricità dell'Età Evolutiva and at CdL Specialistica in Scienze delle Professioni Sanitarie della Riabilitazione. He is in charge of the Laboratory om Movement Analysis in Florence. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Scienza Riabilitativa, evaluator for McMaster Ondine Rating of Evidence and author of many publications concerning strokes, geriatrics and outcome measures.

Ivan Bautsman

Physical Therapist, PhD, Msc PT, Msc MT. He is an expert in the evaluation of muscular function and physical training of elderly people and he is also trained in sEMG. He is a professor in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Fitness & Ageing and Research Methodology at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).
His research is focused on the mechanism, prevention and treatment of muscle weakness and atrophy in elderly peolple, with particular interest in the role of inflammatory processes.
He belongs to the FRIA (Frailty in Ageing) research departement of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, whose aims are to develop intervention for prevention and rehabilitation of frailty in the aged, with inflammation and skeletal muscle as a central theme.

Filiz Can

Dr. Filiz Can is a Full Professor of Physiotherapy at the Hacettepe University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Ankara, Turkey. She is chief of the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Unit and also member of Spine Group in Orthopedics and Traumatology Department of Hacettepe University. She has published books and papers in peer reviewed journals.
She has been one of editors of the National Reports for National Plan of Action following Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing 2002 developed by United Nation.
She was the founding member of the Turkish Geriatric Physiotherapy Association and in 2007, she has been elected as the Chair of IPTOP (International Association for Physical Therapists working with Older People).

Chad Cook

Physical Therapist, MBA, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT. He is considered an expert in differential diagnosis. He is the Chair and Professor at Walsh University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program and he is a consulting associate professor at Duke University. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, he published many peer reviewed publications, two textbooks and numerous text chapters.

Mauro Di Bari

Physician, Associate Professor in Geriatrics at CdL in Scienze Infermieristiche and CdL in Fisioterapia at Faculty of Medicina e Chirurgia, he is also the Professor of “Metodologia della Ricerca Scientifica” at CdL in Fisioterapia at Università di Firenze and CdL Magistrale in Scienze delle Professioni Sanitarie, he is Director of Scuola di Specializzazione in Geriatria at Università di Firenze.
His research is focused on pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease in aged persons, on geriatric clinical epidemiology and on the study of  determinants of disability in the elderly, with particular attention to rehabilitatve interventions, especially regarding BPCO and  cerebrovascular disease.

Luigi Ferrucci

Physician Geriatrician, Epidemiologist, specialist in Biology and Pathophysiology of ageing.
He is the Director of  Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging at the National Institute on Ageing. Editor-in-Chief Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
His area of focus is on the disablement process in all of its multi-faceted aspects, but especially the decline of physical function and mobility. Over the last twenty years, he has participated in designing, consolidating, analyzing and publishing results from some of the largest epidemiological  studies on ageing taking place in the United states and Europe. His current interest in studying the causes and consequences of sarcopenia is the role of bio markers and Energy consumption and the assessment of decline.

Beth Fisher

Clinician and Rehabilitation specialist, Associate professor of clinical physical therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology, Keck School of medicine at USC. Additionally, she is the Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Laboratory. She consults and teachs nationally and internationally on current concepts for the treatment of adults with neurological disorders. During her years as a clinician and rehabilitation specialist, it was her greatest ambition to be a part of developing physical therapy interventions that would maximize neural and behavioral recovery in individuals suffering from pathological conditions affecting the nervous system. Towards this goal she is currently studying the effects of high-intensity exercise on functional recovery and brain repair in Parkinson’s disease using TMS as a marker of neuroplasticity as well as the effects of repetitive TMS on improving hand function in individuals with stroke.

Andrew Guccione

Physical Therapist, PhD, DPT, FAPTA. He is currently Deputy Director of VA Health Services Research and Development Service, Washington. He received his PhD in Sociology and a Certificate in Gerontological studies from Boston University. He also holds a masters degree in Philosophy from Temple University and masters in Physical Therapy from Boston University.
His research interests are in geriatrics, health status measurement and functional outcomes after rehabilitation. His clinical practice has centered mainly on geriatrics and musculoskeletal impairment in older adults.
He is the author of many articles and has been invited as a speaker at numerous national and international conferences and congresses.

Niccolò Marchionni

Full Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and President of the Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Florence. Director of the Unit of Cardiology and Geriatric Medicine at the Academic Hospital Careggi in Florence.
President of the Italian Society of  Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.
He is author of numerous scientific papers, mainly related to internal medicine and the clinical geriatrics issues.

Marco Narici

Clinician, PhD. He is Professor in Physiology of Ageing at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He received a BSc in Physiology at the Bedford College, University of London, a MSc in Human & Applied Physiology at the King’s College, University of London and a PhD in Physiology at the University of Pavia.
He is an Elected Member of the Executive Board of the European College of Sport Science and invited Associate Scientist at the Institute of Bioimaging and Molecular Physiology (IBFM) of the Italian Research Council.
His research interests are in muscle and tendon plasticity in ageing, disuse and training with particular focus on the structural and functional repercussions, and in the use of ultrasound and MRI imaging techniques for the study of muscle structure and of tendon mechanical properties in vivo. He is also interested in the role of Mechano-transduction in skeletal muscle remodeling in atrophy and hypertrophy and neuromuscular adaptations to changes in skeletal muscle loading and unloading.

Sarah Taddeo

Physical Therapist, member of IBITA (International Bobath Instructor Training Association) and AIDB (Associazione Italiana Docenti Bobath), she got a specialized degree in Scienze delle professioni sanitarie della Riabilitazione at Università degli Studi di Firenze, she is clinical tutor and adjunct professor at Corso di Laurea in Fisioterapia in the same University, were she teaches Valutazione della postura e del cammino normali e patologici.

Marco Trabucchi

Clinician, full Professor at the Università di Roma Tor Vergata, he is President of the Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria and he has been President of Società Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria. He is also the Scientific Director of Gruppo di Ricerca Geriatrica di Brescia. He is the author of numerous articles mainly on psychogeriatrics and clinical geriatrics issues.