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The mission of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center is to foster research to improve the health of older populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is possible by establishing collaborations with institutions in Latin America. The work of the Center is also committed to training scholars with a cross-cultural, multidisciplinary perspective.


What is a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health?

Collaborating centers are designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of the WHO's programs. Our center plays an essential role in research and clinical training in public health, geriatrics, and gerontology. Members of the Center at UTMB are leaders in providing technical expertise to PAHO member countries so they can attain the maximum level of equity in access and quality of health services for older people in the Americas.

Currently, there are 10 WHO Collaborating Centers that focus on research and training in aging/geriatrics. We are one of only three in the United States, and we are unique in that we focus on Latin American and Hispanic populations, and population-based research.

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Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD

Inside UTMB - Markides receives $2.5M for Mexican-American health study
Galveston Daily News, Feb. 10, 2015

Kyriakos Markides, PhD, a professor in the department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (and an associated researcher in the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center) has received a grant of more than $2.5 million to continue his longitudinal study on aging in Mexican-Americans, begun in 1994. During the course of his research, interviewing the same group of Hispanic Americans, Markides discovered the "Hispanic Paradox." The population studied had fewer resources and access to services than other ethnic groups yet had a better overall state of health. Once the data has been gathered, it will be available through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.


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