OBM Geriatrics is an international peer-reviewed 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

Falls and Fractures in Older Adults: Causes and Prevention

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2024 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Hanna S. Schroeder, PhD

Department of Nursing at the Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

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Research Interests: Fracture

James S. Powers, MD

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA

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Research Interests: Accidental falls; Delirium; Dementia; Geriatric consultation; Geriatric syndromes; Hospital care of elderly; Interdisciplinary patient care teams; Long term care; Patient centered medical home

About This Topic

Falls among older adults represent a pervasive and recurrent health concern, occurring with alarming frequency. A substantial proportion of older adults, 65 years old and above experience at least one fall annually. The risk increases with advancing age, with a notable rise in fall occurrences among those aged 80 and beyond. Falls are not isolated incidents; they often lead to a cascade of adverse consequences, including fractures, hospitalizations, and a decline in overall well-being.

As our global population ages, understanding the multifaceted factors contributing to falls and fractures becomes increasingly imperative. This compilation brings together a diverse range of research and insights, delving into the causes, risk factors, and innovative prevention strategies surrounding these often debilitating incidents.

Contributors to this special edition are invited to present cutting-edge research, clinical perspectives, and evidence-based interventions, offering a holistic view of the multifaceted landscape of falls and fractures in older adults. We hope this collection serves as a valuable resource for healthcare professionals, researchers, and policymakers, fostering a collective effort to enhance the quality of life for our aging population through proactive and targeted preventive measures.


  1. Falls
  2. Fractures
  3. Older adults
  4. Geriatrics
  5. Risk factors
  6. Bone density
  7. Prevention
  8. Quality of life
  9. Age-associated diseases
  10. Nutrition
  11. Skeletal muscle regeneration
  12. Hip fracture

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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