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Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel - International Federation on Ageing. Geneva, , CH

Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel

Professor of Geriatric Medicine | Geneva University


Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel is a full Professor of Medicine at Geneva University Medical School and head of the geriatric ward




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Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel is a full Professor of Medicine at Geneva University Medical School and head of the geriatric ward – 124 acute care beds including an intensive care unit of 4 beds at the Geneva University Hospitals - Switzerland.
From 1987 to 2007, he chaired the Geneva Geriatric Institutions (440 beds with community and ambulatory networks) and set up the Academic Geriatric department of the Geneva Medical School and University Hospitals including 3 full professors of medicine and 13 other academic positions in geriatrics, biology of ageing, bone metabolism, gerodontology and palliative medicine.

Before joining Geneva, he served since 1977, as professor of internal medicine at Limoges University Medical School (France) and between 1983 and 1987 as chief of the Geriatric ward (300 beds including 24 acute care beds) at the University Hospitals of this medium size city.

He co-founded the Interdisciplinary Gerontology Centre (Geneva University) and the European Academy for Medicine of Aging (EAMA), who contributed to promote 42 professors of geriatric medicine, mainly in Europe. A few of his overseas students created the same kind of teaching activities based on the EAMA model in Central and South Americas - ALMA- and the Middle East – MEAMA, which are still very active and successful.

Currently he is honorary professor of medicine in Limoges University (F), at the Beijing University Hospital (CN), and adjunct professor at Mac Gill University (CA). Moreover he is Fellow of the Royal British College of Physicians of London (UK) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (UK).

In 2006, he got the International Ignatus NASCHER Prize “Life Long Achievement” (Austria) and in 2010, he was elected corresponding member of the French National Academy of Medicine.

After acting as academic director of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) he was elected President of the EUGMS (Elect between 2010 and 2012 and active 2012-2014).

He has authored about 400 scientific papers (including more than 200 peer review papers, original research papers and reviews). He is the author of numerous book chapters and co- editor of the Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine - 2000 - and the International Textbook of Geriatrics - 2010.

Since 2010 he is the editor-in-chief of the EUGMS journal named European Geriatric Medicine (EGM).

Areas of Expertise (5)


Adult Vaccination

Geriatric Medicine

Public Palliative Medicine

Vaccines 4 Life Program

Accomplishments (2)

French National Academy of Medicine. (professional)

2010 Elected Corresponding Member

International Ignatus NASCHER Prize (professional)


Affiliations (6)

  • Interdisciplinary Gerontology Centre (Geneva University) : Co-Founder
  • European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA) : Co-Founder
  • Limoges University : Honorary Professor of Medicine
  • McGill University : Adjunct Professor
  • Royal British College of Physicians of London : Fellow
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow : Fellow

Media Appearances (2)

Call for more geriatricians

Borneo Post  online


Foreign expert Dr Jean-Pierre Michel of Geneva, Switzerland pointed out the 2015 global report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) focused much on ageing and its related issues. The WHO report brought him to conclude that ageing is not an issue faced only by Malaysia but is a global problem. Dr Michel asserted it mattered more for people to direct their attention to live independently even towards the end of their life...

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Reducing loss of muscle mass in the elderly

Today  online


However, exercise and good nutrition can help improve muscle mass. Dr Jean-Pierre Michel from the Geneva Medical School, Geneva University in Switzerland, who analysed 52 studies on physical interventions and 14 on nutrition interventions for sarcopenia, found that the pairing of resistance exercise and protein-based supplements has a positive effect on muscle mass, strength and performance in adults versus supplements alone. Resistance exercises include weight lifting and the use of exercise bands...

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Featured Articles (5)

Sarcopenia: European consensus on definition and diagnosis Report of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People

Age and Ageing

2010 ABSTRACT: The European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) developed a practical clinical definition and consensus diagnostic criteria for age-related sarcopenia. EWGSOP included representatives from four participant organisations, ie the ...

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Death toll exceeded 70,000 in Europe during the summer of 2003

Comptes rendus biologies

2008 Daily numbers of deaths at a regional level were collected in 16 European countries. Summer mortality was analyzed for the reference period 1998–2002 and for 2003. More than 70,000 additional deaths occurred in Europe during the summer 2003. Major ...

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Looking forward to a general theory on population aging

The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences

2004 ABSTRACT: The main theories on population aging based on recent data on human longevity, life expectancy, morbidity changes, disability trends, and mortality decrease are presented and discussed within their own geographic, cultural, socioeconomic, and medical contexts ...

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Sensitivity and specificity of newly proposed clinical criteria for possible vascular dementia


1997 ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of clinical criteria for possible vascular dementia (VaD) recently developed independently by two groups: the State of California Alzheimer's Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centers ...

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A prospective study on socioeconomic aspects of fracture of the proximal femur

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

1996 ABSTRACT: A prospective survey of hip fracture incidence and outcome was conducted to evaluate their socioeconomic impact. Over the course of 1 year, 404 hip fractures were recorded in 339 women and 65 men following minor or moderate trauma. The subjects' ...

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