They met with Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International to discuss GLOGO (Gold Mercury’s Global Governance Model and Centre for Sustainable Globalisation), as part of a series of talks that Gold Mercury is conducting in order to advance global governance with prominent scientists.
“Global health is one of the key areas that we monitor in our global governance model (GLOGO) and within it, population ageing and neurodegenerative diseases are areas that are significantly affecting the world. We believe that global scientific collaboration among scientists via the development of networks and increased data sharing is crucial for advancing and speeding up the creation of solutions to global health challenges and accelerating the power of research,” said Nicolas de Santis, President of Gold Mercury.
Dr. Willcox is an internationally recognised expert in healthy ageing and cross-cultural gerontology, with training in medical anthropology, gerontology and public health sciences. He is currently a Professor at Japan’s Okinawa International University and a Co-Principal Investigator at the Okinawa Centenarian Study. Dr. Willcox is also Research Associate at The University of Hawaii’s Faculty of Medicine, Pacific Health Research Institute, where he is a co-investigator on several NIH projects exploring the genetic epidemiology of healthy ageing. He is also researcher in residence at Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science. Among his broad range of academic and scientific activities, his current research focuses on the interconnection between ageing and the disability process among the oldest in Okinawa and Hawaii.
Dr. Scapagnini sits on the International Advisory Board of Gold Mercury International. He currently holds two academic positions as Assistant Professor with the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Italian National Research Council and with Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, West Virginia University. His areas of research include gene expression profiles of cellular stress response and biology and molecular mechanisms of brain ageing and neurodegenerative disorders. More specifically, he has studied the anti-ageing activities of several nutraceuticals present in the Mediterranean diet. Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury also sits on the board of the Global Virus Network (GVN), the global alliance of the top global virology centres co-founded by Prof. Robert Gallo. GVN centres work together to advance virology research and solutions in the world.
“Gold Mercury’s intelligence on globalisation and specially GLOGO, their unique global governance model is a visionary approach to re-invent the way we see global challenges and how we can organise our world. GLOGO does not look at global areas as fixed separate compartments but as an interconnected system that is constantly changing. This model can provide a lot of clues as to how to improve decision-making, governance and collaboration to solve global challenges in health and other areas,” said Dr. Giovanni Scapagnini.