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Rafael A. Samper-Ternent, MD

(July, 2007-January, 2008) received his MD degree from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. He worked in the Geriatric Unit at Fundacion Cardio Infantil, and collaborated with the research project Interdisciplinary Care of Frail Elderly. His main interests in research during his visit at WHO/PAHO were successful aging, frailty, and cognition; he also wanted to learn about geriatric education and curriculum development. During his visit, he participated in the Scholars in Education lectures, which provide basic knowledge to students on how to become medical educators. He also took the Clinical Research Tools and Technics Course and had the opportunity to observe the Acute Care for Elderly (ACE) Unit, a nursing home, and attended most academic lectures given to Geriatric Fellows.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Samper-Ternent R, Al Snih S, Raji MA, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ. Relationship between Frailty and Cognitive Decline in Older Mexican Americans. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2008; 56(10):1845-1852 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2628807/

Al Snih S, Graham J, Samper-Ternent R, Ray LA, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ. Frailty and incidence of ADL disability among older Mexican Americans. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2009; 41(11):892-897. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19841840

Ottenbacher, KJ, Graham J, Al Snih S, Raji M, Samper-Ternent R, Ostir GV, Markides KS. Mexican Americans and Frailty: Findings From the Hispanic Established Populations Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly. American Journal of Public Health 2009; 99:673-679. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19197079


Samper-Ternent R, Reyes-Ortiz C, Ju H, Ottenbacher KJ. The Association Between Physical Activity and Nutrients Among Older Persons. Presented at the 11th Annual Forum on Aging. University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, Texas – October 3rd, 2007

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