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Filippo Ongaro

The Transience

“To prolong and improve quality of life means that we will live a dignified life and die after 100, 120 or even 150 years spent in good health. This new form of medicine does not only aim at treatment, but also at body regeneration.”

The European pioneer of functional and anti-aging medicine, he developed several methods to contrast fast aging astronauts are exposed to when in space. He devotes his professional life to clinical innovation, though is fervent advocate to an approach whereby the real challenge to the medical profession is to establish a humane relation with patients. He is strongly convinced that true scientific accomplishments are such the moment they are applied in hospital settings.


Filippo Ongaro was born in Milan in 1970. He grew up in a particularly stimulating family environment and lived in several European cities. His aunt, Franca Ongaro Basaglia (wife and colleague of psychiatrist Franco Basaglia) taught him to look beyond labels, to transcend pre-set models. 
He graduated in surgery and medicine at the University of Ferrara and immediately attends the Sport Medicine Specialty School under the supervision of Professor Conconi. In the meantime he worked in Cologne, Germany, as a researcher; this experience made him realize that his true vocation was applied research rather than university research. Fascinated by scientific innovation and its boundless development potential, he worked for the European Space Agency (ESA). In this time he started spinning a network of steady and long-lived relations with many European and international research centers, such as NASA’s Johnson Space Center as well as the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. As time went by his research focused more and more on the health of astronauts and the practical possibility to implement medical programs that could re-balance the biological age of such “special patients”.
The first in Italy, he was awarded the Functional Medicine Diploma at the Institute for Functional Medicine as well as the specialty in anti-aging medicine. In Treviso, Italy, he contributed to founding the Institute of Regenerative and Anti-aging Medicine he still is the Medical Director of, a centre of excellence at European level for a highly innovative approach. 
He is the author of Le 10 Chiavi della Salute-dalla ricerca spaziale alla medicina anti-invecchiamento and Mangia che ti passa, published this year. 
He holds conferences all over the world on Space medicine, Anti-aging medicine, Nutrigenomics, Endocrinology and Gynecological endocrinology. He is also the Vice President of the Italian Anti-Aging Medical Association and member of several international-level scientific associations. 

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