Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre on Aging and Health
Director / Head:
Dr Rebeca Wong
Sealy Center on Aging
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
301 University Boulevard, Route 0460
(1-409) 772 8931
Date of Designation:
Date of Discontinuation:
Terms of Reference:
- TOR 1. Strengthen the collaboration with WHO and PAHO in identifying institutions in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America willing to establish formal research collaborations and pursue opportunities for clinical and scientific research training with focus on older adults.
Through the collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Collaborating Center wants to enrich the current research collaboration network. This will be possible through the enhancement of already active and future networks with institutions in Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Colombia resulting in a dynamic relation with more exchanges and research projects focusing on health problems affecting our target population.
- TOR 2. Continue and enhance the Visiting Scholars program with partner institutions where visitors typically design a specific research program focused on older adults, to be completed in coordination with UTMB researchers.
At the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center at UTMB we have established a formal Visiting Scholars program, which allows researchers from partner institutions to study at UTMB for 3 to 12 months. The program develops from contacts with institutions in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Visiting Scholars interact with Sealy Center on Aging and other faculty members of UTMB at Galveston. The Visiting Scholars program is an opportunity to be part of UTMB, and to enjoy the resources and facilities of the institution.
- TOR 3. Continue to cooperate and collaborate with WHO and PAHO on the translation and dissemination of research findings on older adults
The WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre will continue to disseminate research findings through conferences, workshops, publications, and electronic media to improve clinical practices and scientific research, refine educational curricula, and impact policy. The Centre recognizes the importance of providing access to data and having scientific workshops to facilitate collaborative research.
- TOR 4. Establish training opportunities in aging research and clinical fellowship experiences.
Create clinical and/or research fellowships opportunities for doctoral and master students, and postdoctoral fellows from Mexico, and the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America.
Types of activity:
- Information dissemination
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
WHO organization wide expected result:
4.8 - Guidelines, approaches, tools, and technical assistance provided to Member States for increased advocacy for consideration of ageing as a public health issue, for the development and implementation of policies and programmes aiming at maintaining maximum functional capacity throughout the life course and for the training of healthcare providers in approaches that ensure healthy ageing.
10.5 - Better knowledge and evidence for health decision-making assured through consolidation and publication of existing evidence, facilitation of knowledge generation in priority areas, and global leadership in health research policy and coordination, including with regard to ethical conduct.
10.6 - National health research for development of health systems strengthened in the context of regional and international research and engagement of civil society.
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork