Bradley J. Willcox

Dr. Bradley J. Willcox is Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. Dr. Willcox trained in Medicine at the University of Toronto, Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and Geriatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is Physician co-Leader of the Long Term Care Hospitalist Service at The Queen's Medical Center, where he runs an inpatient service and helps mentor internal medicine trainees and other health professionals. He is also Principal Investigator of the National Institute on Aging-funded Hawaii LIFESPAN and HEALTHSPAN Studies and a Honolulu Heart Program researcher at Kuakini Medical Center. Dr. Willcox is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian and a researcher at the Pacific Health Research and Education Institute of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System in Honolulu.

Dr. Willcox has published widely in the genetic, environmental and clinical aspects of healthy aging, is on the Editorial Board of the Journals of Gerontology, and a frequent reviewer for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been recognized with the Dorothy Dillon Eweson Award for Advances in Aging Research, the Henry Christian Award from the American Federation for Medical Research, and a Director's Citation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a two-time nominee for Outstanding Physician of the Year at The Queen's Medical Center. Dr. Willcox is also an author of a NY Times best-selling book on healthy aging and his work has appeared in cover articles of Time Magazine, National Geographic, and on Oprah, Good Morning America, NOVA Science, BBC, among other media.

Discovery Of A “Gene Factory” For Human Longevity

Our genetic makeup is an important factor in lifespan determination. Lifespan is a polygenic trait, but few of the genes responsible have been discovered. FOXO3 was shown by Brad Willcox’s group in Hawaii a decade ago to be a longevity […]