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WHO/PAHO Collaborating Scholars in Aging

Visiting Scholars is a formal Faculty Exchange Program in Aging Research whereby faculty from partner institutions study at the host institution for three to 12 months. The program is the result of current and future networks with institutions in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

The result is increased research collaboration and understanding of cross-cultural, social, and political issues affecting aging research and clinical care.

The visitors usually design a specific research program focused on older adults, to be completed in coordination with UTMB researchers. Visiting Scholars have the chance to interact with Sealy Center on Aging and other faculty members of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The program is an opportunity for the visitors to be part of UTMB, and to enjoy the resources and facilities of the institution.

Download the Visiting Scholar Application and Guidelines

Visiting Scholars

Yeda Duarte, PhD, RN (February-May, 2005)

Ana Alfaro Acha, MD (May-October, 2005)

Abel Jesus Barragan-Berlanga, MD (October, 2005-January, 2006)

Diana Lucia Matallana, PhD (May-Jun 2007)

Rafael A. Samper-Ternent, MD (July, 2007-January, 2008)

Cesar Gonzalez, PhD, MSc (February-August 2009)

Simone Caldas Tavares Mafra, PhD (January-December 2010)

Fernando M. Runzer-Colmenares, MD (November 2010-February 2011)

Tiago DaSilva Alexandre, PhD (January-July, 2013)

Luis Miguel Valderrama Hinds, MD (April 2016 - Current)

Research Training Program in Latin American and Hispanic Aging

The WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, Texas has openings for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral or master's students. The openings are for the research training program focused on aging of Latin American and Hispanic populations. Fellows from collaborating institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean will work with faculty on a defined research project. Clinical researchers may also observe and learn various aspects of geriatric medicine and clinical care, e.g. interdisciplinary teams and the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit.

Download the Research Training Program Application and Guidelines

Research Scientists

Cesar Gonzalez-Gonzalez, PhD - (August 2014-July 2016)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Carlos Dìaz-Venegas, PhD - (August 2012- July 2015)



Dr. Rebeca Wong
August 2015: Congratulations to WHO/PAHO Director Dr. Wong on receipt of NIA Grant for Mexican Cognitive Aging Ancillary Study

The project applies an in-depth assessment of cognitive impairment to a sub-sample of the MHAS cohort in Mexico in 2016, to estimate dementia prevalence in the population of older adults in Mexico. There will be similar assessments that will be applied in harmonization across several countries.


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