OBM Geriatrics is an Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.7 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 17.9 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Possible Future for Health Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise in Older People

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Wook Song, PhD, Professor

Institute of Sport Science, Institute on Aging, AI Institute, Seoul National University

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Research Interests: Aging; Sarcopenia; Frailty; Exercise Intervention for Chronic Disease (Cancer, Type2 DM, Cognitive dysfunction etc)

José M Cancela Carral, PhD, Professor

Galicia Sur Health Research Institute (IIS Galicia Sur). Sergas-UVIGO. HealthyFit Research Group, Faculty of Education and Sports Science, University of Vigo, Spain

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Research Interests: Physical Activity

About This Topic

Approximately 60% of older adults do not exercise regularly and 30% are completely sedentary. The benefits of exercise have been extensively and categorically proven. Today, we know that exercise improves cardiac function, reduces the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, improves bone density, reduces the risk of falls and the secondary pain of degenerative processes, decreases the incidence of colon cancer and breast, improves sleep patterns and cognition, decreases the incidence of depression, ...

Knowing the benefits that physical exercise brings to older adults, the small percentage of older people who do it regularly and systematically is not understood. Perhaps we should reflect on the type and characteristics of the physical exercise programs that we have been implementing in recent years, and develop new innovative and more motivating proposals for this group.

The objective of this issue is to make a call to these new proposals for physical exercise for their dissemination in order to make them known and improve that percentage of older people who regularly practice physical exercise.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (geriatrics@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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