Cohort 
2016

Jorge Llibre Guerra, MD, MS

Behavioral Neurologist

Countries need leaders that can translate science into practice, look for policy engagement, and evaluate research.

Current Work

Jorge is a research fellow at Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU), an international research effort focused on dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease. He is developing a program in Cuba to train health care providers and educate the community about aging, mental health and dementia.

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Vision

Epidemiological studies show a rapid increase in dementia in Hispanic populations. However, there is little understanding of disease onset, progression, and biomarker trajectories in Latino populations. Jorge’s aims to understand genetic versus social determinants that drive Alzheimer’s disease in Latino populations.

Strategy

Jorge's research focuses on health disparities and dementia. He is developing a program in Cuba to train health care providers and educate the community about aging, mental health and dementia.

Motivation

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.

Education & Experience

Jorge Llibre completed his medical training at the Medical University of Havana, followed by a residency in neurology at the National Institute of Neurology, where he was Chief Resident. He has received awards from the Ministry of Health, American Academy of Neurology, World Federation of Neurology, and Havana School of Medicine. University College London awarded him a training experience in Global Mental Health. Llibre created the Cognitive and Behavior Research Unit at the National Institute of Neurology in order to help meet the needs of the aging population and was tapped to help in the National Strategy for Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In 2016, he joined the Global Brain Health Institute at the Memory and Aging Center, UCSF, where received fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology and Global Mental Health. Since 2018, Dr.Llibre joined the DIAN and has been leading research efforts to DIAD families in Latin America. His research focuses on health disparities and dementia. Recent work focuses on the influence of life course behavioral risk/protective factors on AD onset, cognitive decline, and biomarker rate of change. Llibre has research funding from the World Federation of Neurology and Alzheimer Association

Medical University of Havana
MD
National Institute of Neurology (Cuba)
Neurology
Residency

Awards & Honors

2012 Certificate of Honor, best graduating student, Havana Medical University 2014 Cuban Heath System Annual Award, MINSAP 2014 International Scholar Award, American Academy of Neurology 2015 International Junior Award, World Federation of Neurology 2018 International Junior Award, World Federation of Neurology 2017 International Scholarship Award, Movement Disorders Society 2018 Delegate PAS Regional Section, LEAP program 2019 Scholar Award, American Neurological Association 2019 Scholarship Award. 1st Workshop on Research Definitions for Reserve and Resilience.NIH-AA 2019 Leadership and Management in Action Program. Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career 2019 Polestky award of the Knight ADRC 2020 Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology.AAN

2020
Bruce S. Schoenberg International Award in Neuroepidemiology, AAN
2019
Polestky award of the Knight ADRC
2019
Leadership and Management in Action Program. Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career
2019
Scholarship Award. 1st Workshop on Research Definitions for Reserve and Resilience.NIH-AA
2019
Scholar Award, American Neurological Association
2018
Delegate PAS Regional Section, LEAP program
2017
International Scholarship Award, Movement Disorders Society
2018
International Junior Award, World Federation of Neurology
2015
International Junior Award, World Federation of Neurology
2014
International Scholar Award, American Academy of Neurology
2014
Cuban Heath System Annual Award, MINSAP
2012
Certificate of Honor, best graduating student, Havana Medical University

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