The clinical researcher of the Medical Investigation Laboratory on Aging at FMUSP and geriatric doctor from the Geriatrics Service of the Hospital das Clínicas, Professor Márlon Aliberti, was awarded with the New Investigator Award 2019, of the American Geriatrics Society in partnership with the Health in Aging Foundation.

The award recognizes researchers who, at the beginning of their careers, present a highlighted original scientific production in the field of human aging and commitment to the strengthening of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the academic environment.

The professor was the only foreigner to receive one of the awards of the American Geriatrics Society in 2019 and is also the first Brazilian to receive the honor. The award ceremony took place on May 3rd, in the city of Portland, Oregon, United States of America, during the American Geriatrics Congress, one of the main international scientific events on aging.

The award highlighted the scientific works produced by Aliberti during his Doctor’s thesis at FMUSP, under the guidance of Prof. Wilson Jacob Filho, titular professor of the Geriatrics discipline. The research involved the role of an innovative format of Day Hospital in the de-hospitalization of elderly people with acute health problems.

The researcher also developed with the Geriatrics Service of HCFMUSP a new tool called 10-minutes Compacted Geriatrics Evaluation (AGC-10), which contributes for the integral attendance of elderly people and also predicts the risk of clinical complications in patients attended at very crowded and lacking of resources health services.

There was also a focus on the period in which professor Aliberti held his scholarship for doctorate research in the exterior, with funding by the Federal Government. The training in clinical research took place at the University of California of San Francisco, in the USA, from July of 2017 to August of 2018. He used a national database of American elderly citizens to investigate the interaction of physical fragility with the cognitive behavior for the risk of subsequent dementia in senior who initially lived in an independent manner at the community.

He acted in several research lines which resulted in prominent scientific publications. Amongst his results, he published in the JAMA International Medicine journal an article which discusses how the recovery of functional independence of elderly people in risk of institutionalization can be impacted by simple domestic repairs.