Dr. David J. Waters is Director of the Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies at the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He is Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, where he served as Associate Director of the Center on Aging from 2000 to 2014. Dr. Waters earned his Bachelor of Science in biological sciences (concentration in human nutrition) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. He earned a PhD degree in comparative medicine from University of Minnesota, USA. Dr. Waters is internationally recognized as an expert in comparative biomedical research in the interdisciplinary fields of trace mineral nutrition, cancer, and aging who was selected as member of The National Academies of Sciences — Keck Futures Initiative Scientific Panel on Extending Human Healthspan. He is one of 125 fellows recognized worldwide as scientific expert (Biological Sciences Section) by The Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Waters has lectured on the impact of nutrition on cancer and aging at international scientific conferences in the USA, Europe, China, and South America. He is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts in a variety of high-impact scientific journals and an award-winning teacher. His 2013 TEDx talk (https://youtu.be/XS9fiDn4Qo8) highlights research on healthy aging and examines how language limits the scientific method and impacts the way we respond to new information.
Dr. David J. Waters has research interest in the fields of aging, cancer, and comparative medicine. His current research focuses on the genetic, nutritional, and environmental determinants of highly successful aging and cancer resistance in humans and companion animals.