Eric Westman

Eric Westman

Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852483540
Visiting address: Blickagången 16, 14152 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Klinisk geriatrik Westman, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I have an engineering background from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and I obtained my PhD in 2009 at Karolinska Institutet (KI). I did my postdoc at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and I became an associate professor in 2014 at KI. I am the head of the Division for Clinical Geriatrics and I have my own research group within the division. Currently, I am also acting/vice head of the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society.


  • The aim of my research is to combine different biomarkers looking at patterns of disease. Due to the complexity and heterogeneity of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative disorder, using one biomarker is probably not enough. The focus of my research has long been on structural magnetic resonance imaging investigating patterns of atrophy, but my research extends to other imaging modalities such as MR-spectroscopy, resting state fMRI, MR-diffusion, positron emission tomography (PET) and computer tomography (CT) etc. Further, the combination of neuroimaging biomarkers with CSF and blood markers is of great interest. The need for advanced statistical tools is important when combing large amounts of data from multiple neuroimaging modalities. Combining multiple biomarkers with multivariate tools will hopefully aid in diagnosing the disease in an early stage which is important when effective treatments for AD can be administered, monitor disease progression, target the right population for clinical trial and understand the underlying mechanisms of different diseases.


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  • Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2020-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2014
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2009
  • MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Pattern recognition analysis of spectra obtained by in vivo MRS and HR MAS of brains in transgenic mouse models for Alzheimer’s disease, Royal Institute of Technology, 2004

Leadership and responsibility assignments

  • Responsible for a section, Division of Clinical Geriatrics, NVS, Karolinska Institute,, 2012-

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