Global Conference 2010
Research Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Longevity Research Program, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Luigi Fontana is a Research Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Longevity Research Program at Washington University in St. Louis. An internationally recognized scientist, author and expert in the fields of nutrition and healthy aging, he is also the director of the Division of Nutrition and Aging at the Italian National Institute of Health in Rome. Fontana's research focuses on the role of diet and exercise in preventing age-associated chronic diseases and in promoting healthy aging. He is investigating the effects of calorie restriction, plant-based diets and endurance exercise on cardiovascular risk factors and function, inflammation, immune function, glucose tolerance, bone metabolism and quality of life. He is also studying the endocrine role of abdominal fat storage as a mediator of insulin resistance and accelerated aging. Fontana received an M.D. from the Verona University Medical School and a Ph.D. in metabolism from the University of Padua Medical School.