Dr. Lona Mody is a professor of internal medicine, geriatrics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Her research lab studies antibiotic-resistant pathogens and develops measures to prevent their spread.
Jean Accius is senior vice president of thought leadership and international affairs for AARP. His expertise is in aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy.
He has been quoted by Kaiser Health News on the rising costs of long-term care, TIME on how millennials are increasingly providing care to their older relatives, and U.S. News & World Reporton what to consider before joining a continuing care retirement community. He’s also written about the growing numbers of male caregivers in the U.S.
In 2018, Accius was a Gerontological Society of America Fellow, and he received a 40 Under 40 Award from the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund. Additionally, Black Enterprise named him a “Modern Man of Distinction.”
Accius holds a master’s degree in aging studies from Florida State University, and a doctorate in public administration from American University.
Expertise: Health, long-term care policy, male caregivers
Regina Shih is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation where she leads the Climate Change and Health Group. She conducts research in three primary areas: environmental health, aging, and mental health.
Shih has led environmental health projects to develop a toolkit to improve older adults’ resilience to climate change, to identify chemical exposures following climate change-related storms and flooding, and to estimate the health effects of lead exposure and ambient air pollution. She has been cited in outlets such as NPR, CNN, and US News and World Report.
Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Health, Climate Change, Dementia, Long-Term Care, Substance Use, Neighborhoods and Health
Yanira Cruz is CEO and President of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) in Washington, D.C. NHCOA focuses on improving the quality of life for the older Latino population as well as their families and caregivers. She is an expert in public health, aging issues, and advocating for health programs and policies for Hispanics. Dr. Cruz is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. She also serves on the Advisory Panel on Medicare that advises the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the effectiveness of a Medicare educational program. Prior to joining NHCOA, she served at several Hispanic focused health organizations including the Institute for Hispanic Health at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
CEO and President, National Hispanic Council on Aging
Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Aging Issues, Advocating For Health Programs and Policies For Hispanics
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. His research is focused on health and health care disparities by race and ethnicity with a special emphasis on minority aging, cancer prevention and cigarette smoking cessation among diverse populations.
He has also led efforts in cancer prevention increased use of Pap smear and mammography cancer screening tests for Latina women. As director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC), Dr. Pérez-Stable studied health and health care disparities among diverse populations.
Aside from working domestically, Dr. Pérez-Stable has researched tobacco control in Argentina, and worked extensively with physicians there.
Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Health and Health Care Disparities by Race and Ethnicity (with a special emphasis on cancer prevention), Cigarette Smoking Cessation among Diverse Populations, Minority Aging
McKoy is an outspoken proponent of holistic healthy aging. She was named as a 2013-2014 Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow at Northwestern University, and in 2013 wrote an article for The Guardian on “observation purgatory” for elderly in hospitals. She has appeared on Chicago’s Windy City Live to discuss geriatric medicine and care for the elderly, among other media appearances in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and NBC News.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University
Areas of Expertise: Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Health Care, Geriatric Health, Aging, Holistic Medicine, Elderly Care
Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton is the R. Pete Vanderveen Chair in Therapeutic Discovery and Development and Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Neurology at the University of Southern California where she directs theNorris Foundation Laboratory for Neuroscience Research and the USC STAR Science Education Program. She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of learning and memory, diseases and aging of the Brain and the effects of drugs on the brain.
Dr. Brinton is the recipient of many prestigious awards for her teaching and research. She was named one of the “Best Minds in 2004” by U.S. News & World Report, Woman of the Year by the California State Senate, Educator of the Year by The Society for Neuroscience Science and the Outstanding Service Award by The Association of Trojan Leagues.
She is also helping future scientific minds through the USC Science Technology and Research program, known as STAR, which helps bring science education to inner city youth in Los Angeles. For her commitment to science education through the STAR program she received the 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal.
Upon joining USC in 1988, Dr. Brinton co-founded the biotechnology company, CoCensys and is the joint holder of several patents on therapeutic agents for the treatment of neurological disease. She serves on the scientific advisory boards for the Alzheimer’s Drug Development Foundation, NIH/NIA Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study, Alzforum and National Institute of Mental Health Scientific Board of Councilors.
Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Southern California
Areas of Expertise: Learning, Memory, Alzheimer’s, Aging of the Brain, Effects of Drugs and Steroids on the Brain, Neuropharmacology, the Biochemistry of Learning and Memory