About Todd Manini
Dr. Manini is a Professor at UF’s College of Medicine in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research. He is the Chief of the newly formed Division of Epidemiology and Data science in Gerontology (EDGE) and leads the Data Science and Applied Technology Core at the UF Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center. He is recognized for his work on the sarcopenia and dynapenia, frailty, activity epidemiology, and energy metabolism specifically focused in older adults. Recently, he has gained considerable recognition for his team science work on wearable mobile technology (e.g. smart watches) that will allow an unprecedented understanding of the exposome—environmental and behavioral exposures in the free-living world— and their impact on geriatric syndromes. He currently receives or has received support from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Aging to conduct this work. At an international level, he has fellow status at two societies: The American College of Sports Medicine and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He is the Chair of the American College of Sports Medicine Strategic Health Initiative on Aging and he carried this leadership to the GSA where he served as the Co-Chair of the Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design (MSRD) Interest Group. He was a steering committee member of the Sarcopenia Definition and Outcomes Consortium that provided unprecedent new knowledge for defining sarcopenia for clinical use. He was also honored with being a standing member on NIH’s Center for Scientific Review as part of the Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (NAME) Study Section. Lastly, he is serving as an Associated Editor of the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences since 2020. He is an active mentor and teacher that strives to provide opportunities for the next generation of scientists. He was awarded in 2011 with the UF College of Medicine Exemplary Teachers Award and in 2018 he was recognized as a Master Mentor. He also graduated from the inaugural class of the UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Academy of Research Excellence which emphasizes rigor and reproducibility. He is the principal investigator of a new National Institute on Aging training program called TRAM— Translational Research on Aging and Mobility. The training program is centered on mentoring trainees on translational research to preserve mobility in late-life. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and trying to being a great father to his son and daughter. He is a perpetual learner always keeping busy not only as a scientist, but a handyman, devoted podcast listener, avid disc golfer, ball golfer, chess and billiards player, soccer coach, and Minecraft gamer.