Jorge Llibre Guerra, MD, MS
Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Home Country: Cuba
Field of Employment: Neurology
Key areas: neurology, dementia, cognition, behavior, cerebrovascular disease
Cuba is a developing country with a rapidly aging population. Today 19% of the population is over 60 years old, and the Cuban Ministry of Health is developing a national strategy to study dementia. Through his fellowship at GBHI, Jorge Llibre Guerra will develop his leadership skills to help him translate new scientific discoveries into medical practice and public policy. He is developing a dementia training program for health care providers in Cuba. This program will train clinicians to evaluate and treat“Countries need leaders that can translate science into practice, look for policy engagement, and evaluate research.” patients with behavioral or cognitive problems, conduct research into brain health, and educate the community about aging, mental health, and dementia. Llibre already created the Cognitive and Behavior Research Unit at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in order to help meet the needs of the aging population through scientific research. He intends to change the picture of dementia and mental health in Cuba.
Bio: Jorge Llibre Guerra completed his medical training at the Medical University of Havana, receiving honors as best medical science student in his graduating class, and his master’s degree at the Alzheimer Research Center in Havana. He is Chief Resident in Neurology and coordinator of the Cognitive and Behavior Research Unit at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Havana, Cuba, and he is an investigator in the 10/66 Dementia Research Group. He has received awards from the Cuban Ministry of Health, American Academy of Neurology, World Federation of Neurology, and the Medical University. University College London awarded him a training experience on International and Mental Health in London.
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