The Okinawa Diet program

About the doctors

Doctor Bradley Willcox, Dr. Craig Willcox, and Dr. Suzuki are
pleased to bring you the Okinawa Diet

Bradley J. Willcox, M.D., M.S.,

is a Physician-Investigator in Geriatrics. He currently holds the post of Director, Department of Research and Planning, Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii as well Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. Dr. Willcox is also Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Research on Aging at the Pacific Health Research Institute (PHRI) in Honolulu and Investigator, Geriatrics and Gerontology, PHRI, Kuakini Medical Center and Straub Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Willcox works as Staff Physician, Orthopedic Hospitalist Program, The Queen's Medical Center and Medical Team Care Attending Physician, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii and Medical Director, Willcox HealthSpan Clinic.

Dr. Willcox is Co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study and Principal Investigator of the U.S. NIH-NIA funded "Genetics of Exceptional Longevity in Okinawan Centenarians" Study, and "the Hawaii Lifespan Study", also funded by NIH-NIA. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Calgary and his MD from the University of Toronto and subsequently trained in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic and geriatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has published and lectured over the past 10 years in aging, nutrition and health, especially with reference to Okinawan longevity and has won numerous awards for his work including the American Federation for Medical Research Henry Christian Award for research excellence. Dr. Willcox is currently funded by several research grants from the US National Institutes of Health including the Hawaii Lifespan Study (NIA) and the Prostate, Lung, Colon, Ovarian Cancer Trial (NCI) to study gene-environment interactions that lead to healthy aging and screening to lower cancer risk.

Dr. Craig Willcox, Ph.D., M.H.Sc.,

is an internationally recognized expert in healthy aging and cross-cultural gerontology with training in medical anthropology, gerontology and public health sciences.

A native of Calgary, Canada, he is currently Professor of International Public Health & Welfare and Gerontology, at Okinawa International University, and a Co-Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study, a U.S. National Institutes of Health and Japan Society for Promotion of Science funded study of the genetic and lifestyle determinants of exceptional longevity. Dr. Willcox is also Research Associate at University of Hawaii, Faculty of Medicine, Pacific Health Research Institute, where is a co-investigator on several NIH projects exploring the genetic epidemiology of healthy aging. He is also researcher in residence at Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science.

After completing undergraduate work at the University of Calgary, Dr. Willcox trained in medical anthropology, gerontology and public health sciences at the University of the Ryukyus, where he earned his Master's of Health Sciences degree and at the University of Toronto where he earned his doctorate. He has published and lectured extensively over the past decade in the areas of human ecology and aging, as well as nutritional and public health approaches to successful aging. Besides the epidemiology of healthy aging, Dr. Willcox's current research interests include exploring the interconnections between aging and the disability process among the oldest old in both Okinawa and Hawaii.

Dr. Willcox is a member of several professional societies including the International Epidemiological Association and Gerontological Society of America, among others. His research work has been supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Institute on Aging, Medical Research Council of Canada, University of Toronto, The Japan Society for Promotion of Science, and the Japan Foundation, among other sources.

Dr. Willcox is also an adjunct associate editor for several top gerontology journals including the Journal of Gerontology: Medical and Biological Sciences and has co-authored two best-selling books on public health approaches to healthy aging, The Okinawa Program and The Okinawa Diet Plan. The Okinawa Program was a New York Times bestseller and nominated as Best Wellness Book of the Year (Books for a Better Life Awards) as well recognized as one of the Top 50 Books of the Year by both Barnes and Nobles and in 2001.

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Makoto Suzuki, M.D., Ph.D.,

is a cardiologist and geriatrician. He received his doctorate of medicine from Keio University and is professor emeritus and former director of the Research Center for Community Medicine, University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. Currently, he is professor, Department of Gerontology, Okinawa International University, director of the Okinawa Gerontology Science Research Center, and Principal Investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study, a Japan Ministry of Health-funded study of hundred-year-olds and other elderly people in Okinawa, Japan. The study is entering its twenty-eighth year and is one of the longest-running centenarian studies in the world.

He has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in respected scientific journals, and has published several books on aging and health in Japan. As the original discoverer of the Okinawa longevity phenomenon, he organized a conference in 1995 in which the director of the World Health Organization acknowledged Okinawa as a World Longevity Region. His research work has been supported by the Japan Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Japan Foundation for Aging and Health, and the Toyota Foundation, among other sources.