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Marcela Mar Meza, MD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCsf Memory and aging center
Professional Profile
Home Country: Peru
Profession: Academic Geriatrician

Marcela Mar Meza has been working on a program for people living with dementia focused on maintaining or recovering functionality; a multidimensional approach that addresses different aspects of functioning in the course of the disease.

As an Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, I would like to identify diagnostic tools and therapeutic alternatives for dementia that prioritize functionality and can be introduced into the health system of Peru.

Especially in developing countries, dementia is increasingly disabling elders. Inadequate health systems, late diagnoses, and lack of access to treatments and care are factors that contribute to this functional deterioration. As an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI, Mar Meza would like to identify early diagnosis tools, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic alternatives to structure a multidimensional evaluation program that facilitates multidisciplinary interventions that prioritize maintaining functionality, and can be introduced into the health system of Peru. Music is Mar Meza’s constant companion. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, contemplating nature, visiting museums, and practicing yoga.

Bio: Marcela Mar Meza received her training at the Faculty of Medicine of the San Antonio Abad del Cusco University, and her studies of specialization in Geriatrics and master's studies in health research and teaching at the University of San Marcos. She participates actively in the promotion of health policies for Elderly in Perú through different academic and social associations.