Dr. Norbel Roman is fifty-two years old, married with three children. One special aspect of his family is the dedication to protect elderly members, and accompany them in old age. When he was a child he used to visit his grandparents, and they cultivated in him a particular vision of the dignity of old age.
Norbel has obtained degrees in various fields: he is a general doctor in medicine; he has a specialization in Geriatrics, in Gerontology and in Neurology, in Administration of Health Centers; moreover, he has a Master´s Degree in Neuroscience, and currently he is enrolled towards a Master´s Degree in Neurological Science.
Norbel has been dedicated for many years to different social actions and different positions, such as being the President of the Association of Geriatrists of Costa Rica, the President of the Costa Rican Alzheimer´s Association for the last five years; also the President of the Central American Alzheimer´s Confederation, for the last four years, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Ibero-American Alzheimer´s Association. Currently, he is the director for the Center for Old Age and Memory of the “San Juan de Dios” Hospital, and the Research Director of the 10/66 Study in Costa Rica.
Norbel is also part of government offices, being a member of the Council for Mental Health of the Department of Health of Costa Rica, and an Ad-Honorem consultant and ambassador of the International Alzheimer´s Association for Central America. His most recent projects were conducting the Ibero-American Alzheimer´s Congress, which took place in Costa Rica; also, directing four Central American meetings of various Alzheimer´s Associations, and working with three governmental resolutions for the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.
In the scientific area, Norbel has developed techniques for the early detection of dementia, with support from APOE, all through Costa Rica; he is also working in the development of a bank of tissues, and in techniques for measuring the amyloid and tau, and I am co-researcher in clinical studies of Phase III.
At the level of social action, his main Project is the development of more Dementia Friendly Cities, with the participation of the local governments, in various zones of Costa Rica. He has been honored with an award from the Ombudsman Office in Costa Rica for my work with the Alzheimer´s Association, and two recognitions awards for his work towards better quality of life and defense of the rights of elderly people, and recognition of my work towards the development of Memory Centers at the national level.