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Prof. Roberto BernabeiResearcher


Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

Job title

Chair, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research


Largo Francesco Vito 1
00168 Rome


Clinical Sciences / Geriatrics, Nursing, Public Health, Rehabilitation, Social Gerontology

Specialist areas

Geriatric Assessment
Geriatric pharmacoepidemiology and drug use
Health services organisation

Methodology areas

Randomised clinical trials
Databases organisation
Creation of assessment instruments


Roberto Bernabei, MD, was born in 1952 and graduated at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (U.C.S.C.) where he attended the Internal Medicine residency.
Professor of Internal Medicine at the U.C.S.C. (1990-) and Director of the Department of Geriatrics and Rehabilitative Medicine of the A. Gemelli University Hospital (2004-), the largest Geriatric department in Italy. One of the largest in Europe.
Visiting professor at the Department of Community Health of Brown University School of Medicine (2000-).
Executive-vice president of interRAI, a US non-profit corporation of scientists of 27 countries producing standardized assessment instruments for the frail elderly (1992-).
Board member of the European Academy for Medicine of Aging (EAMA) (2000-).
Member of the special joint commission (Ministry of Health-Ministry of Labour) for the disability in the elderly and related problems (2003-).
Member of the Consiglio Superiore di Sanità, the highest consultative organism for the Italian Parliament and Cabinet (2002-2005/2006-2009/2010-2013).
President of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (2006-2009).
Member of the Geriatric Working Group of the Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (2009-).
Member of the Board of Directors of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (2010-).
His main research interests are in geriatric assessment, models of health services for elderly care, and geriatric pharmaco-epidemiology and drugs use.
Project leader (2000-2004) of a large European Commission’s grant (FP5) involving 11 EU countries to define the best home care model for the elderly.
Project leader (2009-2012) of an other EU grant (FP7) involving 9 countries to define the best nursing home model for the elderly.
Author of over 250 papers published in peer reviewed journals, four books, eight book chapters.