I am senior lecturer at the division of physiotherapy, KI, associate professor in Aging Research at KI, and physiotherapist at Karolinska University Hospital. I am also vice-principal investigator of the Swedish National study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K: www.snac-k.se) population-study. I obtained my PhD in physiotherapy at KI. Thereafter, I did my postdoctoral training first at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg and then at the Aging Research Center, KI.
My primary area of research interest is the epidemiology of physical function, physical activity/sedentary behavior and falls in older persons.
My research has been supported by various foundations, including Stockholm County Council, the Swedish Research Council (VR), Vårdalinstitutet and the Research School in Health Care Science. I was WP-leader in the EU-financed MPI-age project (2014-2017: http://www.mpiage.eu/). I am principal supervisor for two PhD students and one postdoc, and co-supervisor of three PhD students.
Currently I am working with the following research lines:
1.Exploring the complex interactions between biological, demographic, and social factors; chronic diseases; and lifestyle that may explain the development of disability in old age.
2) Investigating how and which patterns of sedentary behavior are linked to poor health among older adults. In this project,objective instruments are used to assess physical activity and sedentary behavior, which permits a more valid and detailed examination than previously possible in population-based studies of older adults.
3.The body-mind connection.
4.The VR-financed project: “Thinking, moving, and falling: Early detection of fall-prone phenotypes as targets for primary interventions—a translational study”. The goal of this project is to enable early detection of fall risk in older adults who can be targets for primary interventions.
I have arranged several courses in physiotherapy and geriatric epidemiology/public health. I have for example been course coordinator for the PhD course "Application of epidemiological methods in aging research" and the course "Geriatric epidemiology: Health assessments in old ages", which is part of the master’s program in Public Health at KI. I have extensive experience from lecturing and leading seminars at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels, as well as from supervising students.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
In 2015, I received the Karolina Prize (Karolinapriset; the Karolinska Hospital research prize): https://www.karolinska.se/om-oss/centrala-nyheter/2015/05/karolinapriset2015/