OBM Geriatrics

(ISSN 2638-1311)

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 research articles, reviews, communications and technical notes. There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 12 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). 

Current Issue: 2022  Archive: 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Aging and Technology Use in the Era of Digitization and Automation

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Bartolomeo Sapio, PhD, Project Manager and Senior Researcher

Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy

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Research Interests: User aspects; Technology acceptance; Digital services; Digitization of public administration; Human factors; Technology for elderly people; Healthy and active aging; Electronic health record

Filomena Papa, PhD, Senior Researcher

Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Digital Services Area

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Research Interests: User experience with ICT; User acceptance; ICT adoption; ICT adoption by elderly people; e-health; e-learning; e-inclusion; t-government; e-government

About This Topic

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (including personal computers / tablets /smartphones, ambient and wearable sensors, dedicated web portals and digital platforms, dedicated apps and social platforms, AI and digital markers, domotics, Internet-of-Things, virtual reality, big data and data analytics, simulation, assistive robots) provides a plethora of opportunities for promoting healthy and independent aging, for getting better assistance, for increasing quality of life for elderly people. ICT addresses different important issues for the elderly, such as: physical and mental wellbeing, communication and engagement, emergency assistance, early detection of disease, health status tele-monitoring, connection with healthcare professionals, sensory decline, stabilization of cognitive functioning. Even when real benefits are made available by ICT, several barriers still exist against full acceptance and actual utilisation of ICT by elderly people, barriers like lack of basic skills required to use and interact with technology, lack of access to services, inadequate ICT service performance, costs to be incurred, rejection attitudes, cultural and privacy issues. This Special Issue welcomes contributions focusing on, but not limited to, benefits of ICT use, barriers against ICT use, new solutions to promote ICT acceptance and use by elderly people. A variety of papers are acceptable: research articles, reviews, communications, technical notes.

Keywords:

Active and assisted living; Aging and technology; Barriers against ICT use; Elderly people; Healthy aging; ICT acceptance; ICT benefits; ICT use

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