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Anna Marseglia

PhD student

Visiting address : Gävlegatan 18 A 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Gävlegatan 16 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

I am a PhD student in medical science at the Aging Research Center, NVS, KI, with the focus on Geriatric epidemiology. 

I received my master degree in 2009 in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy). Between 2010 and 2013, I collaborated on several research projects with the Italian National Research Council–Institute of Neuroscience, Aging Branch in Padua on the topics of the diabetes-related complications and cognitive function, diet and cognition in older people, quality of life in patients with knee surgery. I was registered as PhD student at NVS, Karolinska Institutet in May 2014 and, since December 2015, I am the chair of the PhD student Council at NVS. 

I am also a licensed psychologist since 2011, with training in neuropsychology in the Department of Neuroscience–Neurology I Operative Unit. While working with patients, I started to notice that those with diabetes had a different cognitive profile, so I wanted to learn more.


  • Bachelor degree in "Cognitive psychology and psychobiology", University of Padua, Italy (2007)
  • Master degree in "Clinical psychology", University of Padua, Italy (2009)
  • Postgraduate diploma (II level) in "Forensic psychopathology and neuropsychology", University of Padua, Italy (2011)
  • Licensed psychologist, University of Padua, Italy (2011)

Research description

My research project is on the impact of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes on cognitive aging, from being cognitively intact to the diagnosis of cognitive impairment and dementia. I will also investigate whether diabetes-related factors including glycemic control, cardio- and cerebrovascular diseases, brain atrophy vascular brain lesions, and inflammation can mediate the effects of prediabetes and diabetes on cognitive aging. I am currently working with cross-sectional and longitudinal data from three population-based projects: the Swedish National study on Aging and Care-Kungsholmen (SNAC-K), the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging (SATSA), and HARMONY study.




Cognitive functioning among patients with diabetic foot
Marseglia A, Xu W, Rizzuto D, Ferrari C, Whisstock C, Brocco E, et al
Journal of diabetes and its complications 2014;28(6):863-8