Our Team

The CCF team’s expertise in western and eastern modalities, as well as focus on nutrition, public health, psychology, intestinal microbiology and immunology make for a diverse and multifaceted approach to health care.

Prof. Valter Longo

VALTER LONGO Ph.D.

President, Founder

Valter Longo Ph.D., the Founder and President of the Create Cures Foundation based in Los Angeles, California (USA) and the Fondazione Valter Longo in Milan (Italy), is a best-selling author who was selected by Time Magazine as the world’s Most Influential Nutrition & Health Expert for his research on nutrition and fasting-mimicking diets to improve health and prevent disease.

An Italian-American biogerontologist and cell biologist, he is the Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology and Professor in Biological Science at University of Southern California; the Director of the Longevity Institute at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, which is one of the leading centers for research on aging and age-related disease; and the Director of the Longevity and Cancer Program at the IFOM Institute of Molecular Oncology in Milan, Italy.

Among his awards, he has received the 2016 Glenn Award for Research on Aging, which was based on the discovery of both genes and dietary interventions able to regulate aging and prevent diseases; the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR); and the 2010 Nathan Shock Lecture Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH).

Dr. Longo opened a premier specialty clinic in Los Angeles in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Create Cures Foundation Clinic focuses on nutrition for the prevention and treatment of major chronic illnesses.  The CCF’s clinic uses research-based projects on longevity, aging, and disease associated with aging and clinical studies to provide therapies and assistance in an integrative manner to combine traditional medicine with innovative, well-grounded, and integrative interventions, which helps ensure healthy lives, improve the well-being of all ages, and reduce mortality due to non-communicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, autoimmune, neurodegenerative disease, and obesity.

Academically, Dr. Longo earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed post-doctoral training in the neurobiology of aging and Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Southern California (USC). His research focuses on the analysis of multiple genetic mechanisms underlying aging and the identification of therapeutic strategies, including nutrition, to slow down or halt the onset of age-related diseases.

Dr. Longo donates all profits from his books to his two charitable foundations, including his best-selling book “The Longevity Diet” (“A dieta da longevidade”), which has been translated into 20 languages and sold in more than 28 countries.  His Italian books include “Alla tavola della longevità” (“The Longevity Table”) and “La longevità inizia da bambini” (“The Seeds of Longevity are Planted in Childhood”), which was recently released. In 2012, he appeared on the Emmy-nominated series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” to discuss his research on prolonging longevity.

Antonluca Matarazzo

ANTONLUCA MATARAZZO

Executive Director

Antonluca Matarazzo is a licensed attorney under the State Bar of Italy. He is a senior international executive with multiple years of experience in business management and development. Since 2019, he has served as the Executive Director of the Create Cures Foundation in Los Angeles, California, USA. More recently, he also serves as the General Director of the Fondazione Valter Longo in Milan, Italy.

Professionally, he has over two decades of experience managing diverse projects and cultivating partnerships in global markets, including Africa, Europe, and UAE, and in planning strategic and tactical processes, as well as directing departments and leadership teams.

Prior to his relocation to the United States, he focused on cross-border businesses and transactions in the renewable energy, financial, IT and construction sectors. Among his leadership roles, he served as a Managing Director for a European subsidiary; the CEO of a branch of an industrial group in Africa; Director of the international section of the Development Department for Europe, Africa, and UAE for a renewable energy and civil construction company; interim Board member of several subsidiaries; and as the Senior Business Manager for specific business units in Italy and Poland.

He obtained his law degree in 2005 from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, and his MBA from “24 Ore Business School” in 2007. In addition to Italian, he is fluent in English, and French, and proficient in Spanish.

Adriana Sanford

ADRIANA SANFORD, J.D., DUAL LL.M.

Global Development Director

Adriana Sanford, Global Development Director for the Create Cures Foundation, is a former Fortune 50 regional counsel and an award-winning global threats expert. She is a Chilean American humanitarian with over two decades of legal and management experience working alongside global non-profit organizations to build collaborative relationships with individuals, communities, corporations, and foundations.

Sanford is also an international television commentator, who specializes in cybersecurity and global privacy laws and appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to 93+million viewers throughout the United States and Latin America. As an American Program Bureau global speaker, she provides the keynote addresses at some of the world’s top technology, security, legal, and compliance industry conferences. She served as Corporate Counsel’s keynote to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at the 19th Annual SuperConference; is Private Equity International’s keynote to hundreds of Chief Compliance Officers and compliance professionals for the upcoming Private Fund Compliance Forum in 2021; and is featured speaker at the 2021 (ISC)2 Security Congress, which is the world’s largest international association for cybersecurity professionals. She also serves as Of Counsel to one of the leading Chilean law firms that was listed as Best Lawyers for 2021, Puga Ortiz, and co-produces and co-hosts The Sanford & Hall Report, which is regularly featured among some of the World’s Most Influential Countries with an audience reach of 150+ million.

Sanford holds multiple law degrees, including a dual LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she focused on taxation, international law, and the differing legal systems. She also holds a J.D. degree from Notre Dame Law School, where she participated in the yearlong international law program in London, England. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese.

Her son, a Caltech graduate, is completing his Ph.D. in bioengineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), while her daughter, a former international STEM ambassador, is finishing her junior year at University of California, Berkeley. Born in Orange County (USA), Sanford is a direct descendant of the Overstoltz family of Cologne, Germany and a fourteenth generation Chilean.

MARCO PAONESSA

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Project Manager

Marco Paonessa, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Project Manager of the Create Cures Foundation, has significant experience in the entertainment business, including assisting leading companies and movie studios in Los Angeles. He received his degree in Cinematography from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Originally from Italy, his multicultural and multi-disciplined skill set and work experience also includes serving as a project manager in several marketing and tech-related projects.

At the Foundation, Marco developed and currently manages the Multimedia Online Courses designed for CME accreditation and CNS credits, which provide a detailed overview of how nutrition and fasting affect longevity and diseases, and the key molecular mechanisms involved.

Masterclass educational E-learning platform is available for the global community, including biologists, pharmacists, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals that seek updated clinical information regarding aging, age-related diseases, nutrition, fasting-mimicking diet, as well as for non-healthcare professionals.

Marco also contributed to the start-up phase of the premier specialty clinic in Los Angeles in 2020 and currently manages the construction renovation of the Foundation’s facility in the United States.

SEBASTIAN BRANDHORST, Ph.D.

Scientific Consultant

Dr. Sebastian Brandhorst’s scientific training is based on a background in cell biology, molecular biology, medicine, and biochemistry, all of which are highly relevant for his focus on biogerontology research to identify the mechanisms underlying cellular protection, as well as health- and lifespan-regulation, and their translation into clinical applications. His studies are focused on the application of short-term starvation, low calorie and/or low protein diets, so-called fasting-mimicking diets, on health and lifespan in pre-clinical and their translation into clinical studies. Dr. Brandhorst is a Professor at the Davies School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California.

Romina Cervigni

ROMINA CERVIGNI Ph.D.

Nutritional Biologist

Romina Cervigni, Nutritional Biologist of the Valter Longo Foundation and Create Cures Foundation Clinic, obtained a Ph.D. from Open University in the United Kingdom where she focused her attention on the field of Oncology and a second level Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has collaborated as a postdoctoral researcher with the National Research Committee (CNR) in Naples, Italy and the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy.

Cristina Villa

CRISTINA VILLA, Ph.D.

Educational Collaborator Master Programs

Dr. Cristina Villa obtained a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles focusing her attention on traumatic events such as the Holocaust, the importance of memory and respect for human rights, a Masters at the University of Ca ‘Foscari concerning yoga and meditation, a Masters in Italian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in English and German studies at the University of Bergamo. Her research focuses on the history of food in Italy and in the Mediterranean area and has taught food history courses for the University of Southern California, University of California UCEAP, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University and Vanderbilt University in Florence.

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