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.


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Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2022): Submission to First Decision: 5 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 14 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 11 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

Current Issue: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017

Special Issue

Healthy Ageing and the Built Environment

Submission Deadline: December 30, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editors

Bo-Wei Zhu, PhD, Assistant professor

Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau 999078, China

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Research Interests: Management of Built Environment; Multiple Attribute Decision Making; Housing Assessment; Healthy Aging; Aging in place

Paul M. Valliant, PhD, Professor

Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada

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Research Interests: Aging; Forensic Issues; and Sports Psychology

About This Topic

With the global trend of population aging, how to integrate the health needs of older adults into the development of built environments while taking into account public interest is a major challenge in the 21st century. Although numerous studies have tried to examine the association between older adults’ health and and attributes/ characteristic of their built environments (including all man-made spaces, buildings and amenities such as housing, parks, commercial spaces, public transit), there is still much progress to be made in exploring how to effectively integrate existing knowledge into developing systematic improvement strategies in health-oriented decisions of built environment improvements for older adults. It is important to provide decision makers with an integrated and practical way to establish priorities of multiple attributes, in order to make sustainable improvement strategies of built environments under the consideration of rational allocation of resources towards healthy aging societies. Accordingly, this Special Issue entitled “Healthy Aging and the Built Environment” aims at convening gerontics, decision making and environmental behaviour researchers working in the area of age-friendly built environment to foster our understanding of the effective way to establish priorities of multiple built environment determinants of healthy aging.


Healthy aging; Aging in place; Age-friendly built environment; Assessment of built environment; Multiple attribute decision making; Environmental psychology