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About me

I am a statistician with a PhD in Medical Science, Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet. I am involved in several projects, both in close collaboration with doctoral students and senior scientists, as well as with colleagues from other universities (University of Brescia, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Maastricht University). Since 2007 I have been part of the organizational and faculty team (mainly professors from Harvard University and Karolinska Institutet) of the international Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.





Doctoral Degree in Medical Science, Epidemiology, 2013. Karolinska Institutet

Research description

My research activity focuses on investigating the most relevant factors that lead to longer survival. I am exploring the role of health, lifestyle, social environment, and genetic background in the probability of reaching a very advanced age.

Selected publications

Welmer AK, Rizzuto D, Qiu C, Caracciolo B, Laukka  EJ. "Walking speed, processing speed, and dementia: a population-based longitudinal study". Juornal of Gerontology 2014. In press  

Rizzuto D, Fratiglioni L. "Lifestyle factors related to mortality and survival: a mini-review." Gerontology. 2014 Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Melis RJ, Marengoni A, Rizzuto D, Teerenstra S, Kivipelto M, Angleman SB, Fratiglioni L. "The influence of multimorbidity on clinical progression of dementia in a population-based cohort." PLoS One. 2013 Dec 30;8(12):e84014.

Handels RL, Xu W, Rizzuto D, Caracciolo B, Wang R, Winblad B, Verhey FR, Severens JL, Fratiglioni L, Joore MA, Wimo A. "Natural progression model of cognition and physical functioning among people with mild cognitive impairment and alzheimer's disease." J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;37(2):357-65.

Rizzuto D, Orsini N, Qiu C, Wang HX, Fratiglioni L. “Lifestyle, social factors, and survival after age 75: population based study.”, BMJ. 2012 Aug 29; 345:e5568. doi: 10.1136/bmj.e5568.

Rizzuto D, Bellocco R, Kivipelto M, Clerici F, Wimo A, Fratiglioni L. “Dementia after Age 75: Survival in Different Severity Stages and Years of Life Lost.” Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012 Jan 30.

Mangialasche F, Kivipelto M, Mecocci P, Rizzuto D, Palmer K, Winblad B, Fratiglioni L. “High plasma levels of vitamin E forms and reduced Alzheimer’s disease risk in advanced age.” J Alzheimers Dis. 2010;20(4):1029-37.

Rosvall L, Rizzuto D, Wang HX, Winblad B, Graff C,and Fratiglioni L. "APOE-related mortality: Effect of dementia, cardiovascular disease and gender". Neurobiology of Aging. 2009. 10:1545-1551.

Marengoni A, Rizzuto D, Wang HX, Winblad B, Fratiglioni L. "Patterns of chronic multimorbidity in the elderly population." J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Feb;57(2):225-30.

Marengoni A, von Strauss E, Rizzuto D, Winblad B, Fratiglioni L. "The impact of chronic multimorbidity and disability on functional decline and survival in elderly persons. A community-based, longitudinal study." J Intern Med. 2009 Feb;265(2):288-95.


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