Dr. Aprahamian is a physician, professor and researcher from São Paulo, Brazil. He is the clinical coordinator of the Behavioral Alterations Clinic for the Elderly at the Geriatrics Service of the Faculty of Medicine of University of São Paulo. At the same Institution he is an accredited professor in the Postgraduate Program in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently the head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Jundiaí, where he is an Associate Professor. Dr. Aprahamian is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Psychiatry. He holds a Masters degree in Gerontology from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the State University of Campinas and a PhD in Psychiatry from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo. He holds honorary degrees of Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Jayme Rodrigues Doctor of Medicine for academic recognition. His main areas of research interest are geriatric psychiatry, especially cognitive and mood disorders, and frailty syndrome in elderly.
His research primarily involves the study of cognitive and mood disorders in the elderly. Dr. Aprahamian has conducted several studies exploring the use of brief diagnostic tools (such as the Mini-Mental State Examination, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the Cambridge Cognitive Examination, the Click Drawing test, the Verbal Fluency test, among others) to detect early cognitive changes such as mild cognitive impairment and early dementia. His special focus has been on Alzheimer's disease and Bipolar Affective Disorder, as well as the use of lithium as psychopharmacological therapy. He dedicated research to evaluate the cognitive impairment and dementia presented by bipolar patients. More recently, he has developed some studies in the area of frailty syndrome in older adults, especially in relation to cognitive and behavioral disorders in this age group.