Ulysseus Research Summit: Towards innovations in ageing and well-being

Ulysseus Research Summit: Towards innovations in ageing and well-being

This inaugural international conference for Ageing and Well-being is being organised by the University Côte d’Azur in conjunction with Ulysseus European University. It will take place on October 18-19th 2023 in Nice, France.


Deadline for abstract submission 31/07/2023

Deadline for participant registration is 30/09/2023

Conference objectives

  • To share the state of the art within the ageing and well-being field
  • To create a platform for interactions between scientists in both the ageing and well-being field to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations within and outside of Europe
  • Establish strong links between ageing and well-being research to boost innovation and address this key societal challenge
  • Strengthen the local, national and international ageing and well-being R&I ecosystem.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Vera Gorbunova

Vera Gorbunova

University of Rochester

Presentation title: Inter-species ageing patterns / Comparative biology of ageing

Prof. Vera Gorbunova is a Professor in Biology, co-director of the Rochester Aging Research Center, and co-director of the Gorbunova and Seluanov Laboratory at the University of Rochester.
Gorbunova’s research is focused on aging, DNA repair, and cancer, as well as the understanding the mechanisms of longevity and cancer resistance of exceptionally long-lived mammals, in particular the naked mole rat. Her lab’s goals include developing strategies that extend lifespan and health span as well as interventions to prevent and treat age-related illnesses.
Gorbunova pioneered a comparative biology approach to study aging and identified rules that control the evolution of tumor suppressor mechanisms depending on the species‘ lifespan and body mass.

Prof. Kyung A Cho

kyung a choo

Chonnan National University Medical School
Medispan Co.

Presentation title:  Modified version of flagellin to delay ageing and improve healthy ageing

Prof. Kyung A Cho is a dedicated researcher and professor specializing in the field of aging biology, with a particular interest in cellular senescence and immune aging. During her doctoral studies at Seoul National University College of Medicine, she began exploring the complex mechanisms of aging biology, focusing on cellular senescence and signal transduction pathways.
Upon joining Chonnam National University Medical School as a professor, Prof. Cho expanded her research interests to investigate the increased susceptibility to infections in the elderly population and potential ways to enhance immune aging. Her research has led to a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms that contribute to the aging process and its impact on the immune system. Prof. Cho has been working on a technology that targets immune aging, with the aim of extending healthspan and improving the quality of life for the elderly. In order to translate her innovative research findings into practical applications, she founded MediSpan, a company dedicated to the development and advancement of this technology.
Through her ongoing work at MediSpan, Prof. Cho continues to contribute to the field of aging biology and immune aging research, seeking novel approaches to enhance the lives of the elderly population.

Dr. Casper Kaiser

Casper Kaiser

University of Oxford

Presentation title:  Machine Learning in the Prediction of Human Well-being

Dr. Caspar Kaiser is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Methodology and Statistics at Tilburg University, and will join Warwick Business School in the same capacity from September 2023. He is also a research affiliate at Oxford University’s Wellbeing Research Centre and Institute for New Economic Thinking, as well as a trustee of the Happier Lives Institute. Caspar holds a DPhil and MSc in Social Policy from Oxford University.
His research focuses on the measurement and determinants of human wellbeing. Regarding measurement, he works on improving the comparability of survey data on people’s feelings and analyses whether such data can measure welfare cardinally. Concerning determinants, he is particularly interested in how social comparisons and inequalities, particularly with respect to household incomes, shape people’s wellbeing.
Caspar also has an active interest in the wider normative implications of using subjective data, in welfare measurement, and in current developments in machine learning.

Dr. José Márquez

Dr. José Márquez

University of Manchester

Presentation title:  The state-of-the-art research and initiatives in the field of adolescent well-being measurement and promotion.

Dr. Jose Marquez is an experienced researcher, university lecturer, and consultant with expertise in child and adolescent wellbeing. He is particularly interested in studying how schools, organizations, and communities can improve the wellbeing of children and young people. He is currently based at the University of Manchester, where he works on the ground-breaking #BeeWell project to assess and promote adolescent wellbeing. He is also a Research Associate at the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford. Before, he was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
Jose’s research has been published in leading scientific journals. He has been awarded prestigious research grants and fellowships, and presented his work at over 20 national and international conferences and seminars. He has also contributed to numerous initiatives on child and adolescent wellbeing measurement and promotion led by reputed organisations in the United Kingdom and international organisations such as the OECD, UNICEF, and the World Health Organisation.

Register now and submit an abstract to present in one of the four sessions:


Mechanism of ageing

Mechanism of ageing

Ageing well

Ageing well

Well-being: a paradigm of multidisciplinary research

Well-being: a paradigm of multidisciplinary research

Lifelong well-being

Lifelong well-being

SESSION 1: Mechanism of ageing

SESSION 1: Mechanism of ageing – Research that addresses the process of ageing and/or longevity.

  • Prof. Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester, USA) Mechanisms of longevity: from naked mole rats to whales.
  • Julien Cherfils-Vicini (UCA) Targeting the Senescence associated Immune Checkpoint to blunt age-related diseases and cancers.
  • Dmitry Bulavin (UCA) In search of molecular Shangri-La:building disease tolerance and broad defense mechanisms by p16High immune cell subsets.
  • Dr. Aida Platero-Luengo (USE) Reprogramming our neural cells to a rejuvenated stay to promote brain health.
  • Bogdan Grigorash (Ulysseus Post-Doc Fellow) Liver rejuvenation by 4 factor mediated partial reprogramming in the absence of p16High senescent cells.

SESSION 2: Ageing well

SESSION 2: Ageing well – Research related to how we can age well, development of new techniques and or strategies, treating age related diseases

  • Prof. Kyung Cho (Founder/CEO Medispan, South Korea) TLR5 in Focus: Pioneering Immune-Centric Anti-Aging with Enhanced Flagellin
  • Simone Battista (UNIGE) Sex and age gaps in the outcomes of and adherence to a digital self-management intervention for osteoarthritis
  • Giulia Allavena (Ulysseus Post-Doc Fellow) The role of cGAS-STING in the aging tumor microenvironment
  • Prof. Anne Sophie Rousseau (UCA) Targeting T cell metabolism to increase vitality capacity: exercise and exercise-mimetic strategies.
  • Prof. Emilio Di Maria (UniGe) Centenarians and oldest-olds in Liguria – COOL: investigation on cognitive status in centenarians from Genova. A multidisciplinary approach to investigate the genetic determinants of cognitive well-being in the oldest population.
  • Stephen Ramanoel (UCA) How visual aging impacts spatial navigation abilities: A neurocognitive approach

SESSION 3: Well-being: a paradigm of multidisciplinary research

SESSION 3: Well-being: a paradigm of multidisciplinary research – Well-being is such a broad and complicated topic, that it is breaking frontiers in transdisciplinary research. This section is devoted to addressing well-being related questions using novel and cutting-edge techniques.

  • Dr Caspar Kaiser (University of Oxford, UK) Machine Learning in the Prediction of Human Wellbeing
  • Umair Ali Khan (HH) Navigating the Ethical Crossroads of AI in Human Wellbeing: Trust, Acceptability and Explainability
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Brach (UM) Developing and Testing an Interactive Health Data Management System for Integrated Care: The PROCare4Life project
  • Dr. Mar Elena/Dr. Susana P. Gaytan (USE) Could the interfaces be improved for cognitive training in aging processes? A Multidisciplinary approach
  • Flavio DaSilva (Ulysseus Post-Doc Fellow) Motor strategy identification during loaded and unloaded sit-to-stand movements as an indicator of muscle function loss for personalizing adapted physical activity in the elderly

SESSION 4 : Lifelong well-being

SESSION 4 : Lifelong well-being – Well-being is important at all stages of life, and prevention and preventative measures are important. This sections will be looking at research and initiatives that address this.

  • Dr Jose Marquez (University of Manchester, UK) Adolescent Wellbeing: local and global responses to build prosperous societies
  • Daniela Onofrejova (TUKE) Human Maintenance As Tool For Sustainable Health
  • Ayman Fouda (MCI) The Effectiveness of Different Regulations in Promoting (Generic)Medications
  • Dr Guilhem Lecouteux (UCA) The behavioural welfare economics of ageing
  • Claudia Zoller (Ulysseus Post-Doc Fellow) The healthy youth Tyrol project aims at fostering healthy behavior in adolescents by actively promoting physical activity with the help of behavioral tools.

Open registration

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There is no registration fee for attending the conference, so sign up now, and take advantage of this unique gathering of world experts.

Deadline for participant registration is 30/09/2023

If your abstract is selected, all travel and accommodation will be covered by us.

Deadline for abstract submission 31/07/2023