Dr. Michael Fossel graduated cum laude from Phillips Exeter Academy, received a joint BA (cum laude) and MA in psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and, after completing a PhD in neurobiology at Stanford University in 1978, went on to finish his MD at Stanford Medical School in 1981. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship and taught at Stanford University, where he began studying aging, emphasizing premature aging syndromes. He has been a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University for the past two decades. Michael is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of numerous scientific organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Aging Association (he has served on their board of directors and has been their executive director), the American Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging, and the American Geriatrics Society, among others. He has lectured at the National Institute for Health, the Smithsonian Institute, and at universities and institutes internationally, and has been invited to the Pentagon, the White House, and Congress. He founded and edited the Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine. His numerous articles on aging and ethics in the Journal of the American Medical Association, In Vivo, and elsewhere have sparked discussion and frequent calls for him to speak worldwide to both medical groups and the general public. He is frequently interviewed regarding aging by major media in the US and worldwide. In 1996, he published Reversing Human Aging, discussing the cellular causes of aging, how the process can be altered, and the social and financial implications of reversing human aging. The book was reviewed favorably in Scientific American. It has now been published in six languages. He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC 20/20, NBC Extra, Fox Network, CNN, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and regularly on NPR. Michael’s latest academic textbook, Cells, Aging, and Human Disease, was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press. With over four thousand up-to-date references, it reviews the entire fields of telomere biology and cell senescence as they apply to human clinical diseases and aging. It includes in depth discussions of Alzheimer’s disease, the progerias, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, immune senescence, skin aging, and cancer, as well as analyzing our potential for fundamental interventions in these diseases and in aging itself.
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