University of Hawaii

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Craig Willcox, PhD

Dr. Donald Craig Willcox is Visiting Professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also Professor of International Public Health and Gerontology at Okinawa International University in Japan.

Dr. Willcox is a fluent speaker of Japanese and has extensive cross-national experience in epidemiological approaches to healthy aging. He is Co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian study, a 30-plus year study of the genetic and environmental correlates of exceptional longevity and serves as research consultant for the National Institutes on Aging funded Hawaii LIFESPAN Study and Hawai‘i HEALTHSPAN Study. Dr. Willcox also frequently consults for the Koruchem group, Chanel, and other companies involved in research and product development for the anti-aging industry.

Dr. Willcox is a member of several academic societies devoted to research on aging, such as the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG). He has been an invited participant at numerous international workshops that have focused on identifying priorities in aging research, such as the recent FUTURAGE workshop (Roadmap for Aging Research in the E.U.), and serves as Associate Editor for the Journals of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences, among other journals devoted to research on aging. He recently guest edited a special issue on centenarian studies and their contribution to our understanding of the aging process and longevity which was published in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research.

Dr. Willcox has been nominated three times for Marquis Who's Who in Healthcare and Medicine, is a NY times best-selling author of books on healthy aging and makes frequent contributions to CNN, BBC, MSNBC, NHK, NPR, Time magazine, Prevention, Newsweek and National Geographic, among other international media.

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