John Beard, MBBS, PhD

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Irene Diamond Professor and Director of the International Longevity Center-USA

Dr. Beard works globally with academia, policy makers and the private sector to reimagine the second half of life. From 2009 to 2019, he was Director of Ageing and Life Course with the World Health Organization in Geneva where he led major global initiatives including the 2015 World report on ageing and health which forms the foundation for the 2021-2030 UN Decade of Healthy Ageing, the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities and the Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) program. He has worked extensively with the World Economic Forum including as chair of their Global Agenda Council on Population Ageing and was a commissioner with the recent US National Academy of Medicine Commission on Healthy Longevity. He has been a Professor with the University of New South Wales, and a visiting professor at Toulouse and Peking Universities.


Education & Training: 

PhD, University of Sydney, AU  

MBBS, University of Adelaide, AU  


Honors and Awards: 

Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Adelaide, 2017 

Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australian College of Physicians, 1991-Present  

Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health, London, 2002-2009   

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health 2009-Present   

Fellow, United States National Public Health Leadership Institute. University of North Carolina/US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002-2004   

Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, New York, 2006   



For full listing of John Beard's publications, see Google Scholar

Selected Publications: 

Beard JR, Jotheeswaran AT, Cesari M, Araujo de Carvalho I. The structure and predictive value of intrinsic capacity in a longitudinal study of ageing. BMJ Open, 9(11): e026119, 2019. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026119

Cesari M, Araujo de Carvalho I, Amuthavalli Thiyagarajan J, Cooper C, Martin FC, Reginster JY, Vellas B, Beard JR. Evidence for the Domains Supporting the Construct of Intrinsic Capacity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 73(12):1653-1660, 2018. doi: 10.1093/gerona/gly011

Beard JR, Officer A, Araujo de Carvalho I, Sadana R, Pot AM, Michel J, Lloyd-Sherlock P, Epping-Jordan JE, Peeters G, Mahanani WR, Thiyagarajan JA Chatterhi S. The World report on ageing and health: a policy framework for healthy ageing. The Lancet, 287(10033): 2145-2154, 2016.