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Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Research & Education

The Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education at Florida International University was established thanks to a very generous gift to the University from the Benjamin Leon Jr. Family and Leon Medical Centers, a leading healthcare services provider to Medicare and dual eligible patients in South Florida. The gift is among the largest contributions ever made by a Cuban-American family to a U.S. University.

The Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education at Florida International University is committed to the development and implementation of novel approaches to advance active aging promotion, frailty prevention, and healthcare delivery to older adults in the primary clinical care and community settings through translational epidemiology research and Geriatrics and Gerontology education.

The Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education at Florida International University is housed in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, and is directed by Paulo Chaves, M.D., Ph.D., a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist who holds the Leon Medical Centers Endowed Scholar Chair in Geriatrics.

Research

The Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education conducts translational epidemiology research ultimately aimed at enhancing prevention of accelerated functional decline leading to frailty and disability, and healthcare delivery to older adults and populations. The Center is involved in population- and clinical setting- based clinical research addressing complementary translational aspects of the epidemiology of: (a) age-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease; and (b) geriatric syndromes, including frailty, sarcopenia, physical disability, and falls. It is also involved in health outcomes research in large health systems providing primary clinical care to older populations, including studies addressing the integration of physical and cognitive function measures, and social determinants of health indicators into electronic health records for improved primary care practice. The Center welcomes academic and non-academic organizations interested in developing strategic partnerships for the planning and implementation of aligned translational epidemiology and health outcomes research.

Education

The Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education at Florida International University supports and promotes Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology education and training. Geriatrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on the health care of older people. Gerontology is the scientific study of old age, the process of aging, and the particular problems of old people, including social issues. The Center’s educational programs aim to: (a) help preparing the next generation of physician scientists in geriatric medicine that will be critical to lead and implement discoveries relevant for prevention and clinical care in older populations; and (b) enhance the competence of health professionals currently involved with healthcare of older adults and populations.

Interdisciplinarity

Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology are inherently transdisciplinary in nature. Consistently, the Benjamin Leon Center for Geriatric Research and Education at Florida International University engages scientists, physicians, and health professionals from complementary disciplines to accomplish its mission research and education missions.