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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.

Education

  • 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.

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