I am an internal medicine specialist who became a geriatrician in France where I worked as assistant professor at the University of Grenoble. Later on, I pursued my studies at the University of Paris VII on the Biology of aging, and finally received my Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Bordeaux. I have served in the faculty of the National University of Mexico School of Medicine, since 1994 as head of the geriatric medicine specialty program. I founded the Department of Geriatrics at the National Institute of Medical Sciences in 1989 and was its Head until January 2009 when I was appointed as the founder Director General of the National Institute of Geriatrics, position I still hold. Today I am member of the National Academies of Medicine of Mexico and France. My research agenda focuses on the epidemiology of aging and more specifically on frailty and dementia and the interface between both conditions. I have served in various national and global committees including the Advisory Committee at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the World Health Organization; and in the editorial boards of several specialty journals. I have more than 250 publications among books and scientific papers with an H index of 37 and co-authors as well in Europe, Mexico and the US.
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