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)
My research is on the impact of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes on different phases of cognitive aging (from being cognitively intact to the diagnosis of cognitive impairment and dementia), investigating the possible cerebral mechanisms (i.e., vascular and/or neurodegenerative) that may underlie cognitive decline in prediabetes and diabetes. Furthermore, in my research, I seek to address whether and to what extent diabetes-related factors (i.e., glycemic control, cardio- and cerebrovascular diseases), brain atrophy, vascular brain lesions, active lifestyle, and cognitive resreve can mediate the effects of prediabetes and diabetes on cognitive aging. In my PhD project, I used longitudinal data from three population-based observational studies: the Swedish National study on Aging and Care-Kungsholmen (SNAC-K), SNAC-K magnetic resonance imaging study (SNAC-K MRI), and the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging (SATSA).
Another research area I am interested in concerns the impact of nutrition and cognitive aging. I am currently collaborating with the EU-funded NU-AGE project, the first multicenter randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of a culturally adapted, individually tailored, whole Mediterrenean-like diet on age-related conditions such as cognitive and functional decline.