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2014 Master degree in Public Health Sciences (Epidemiology), Karolinska Institutet

2016-present: PhD candidate in Geriatric Epidemiology, Aging Research Center, Karolinksa Institutet

Research description

In my doctoral project, we seek to investigate the association of atrial fibrillation (AF) with cognitive decline and dementia, using the longitudinal and population-based Swedish National study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) database. Given the potential risk of dementia and cognitive decline associated with AF, it is also of paramont relevance to study whether antithrombotic drugs, which are primarily used to prevent stroke in AF patients, can delay or prevent the onset of dementia among these patients. What I am also interested in is through which mechanisms AF elevates dementia risk; although stroke is a well-known mediator in the AF-dementia link, other pathways such as cerebral silent infarcts, whitematter hyperintensities, brain atrophy, and cerebral microbleeds may also play a role. 

I am also involved in the national dementia prevalence and incidence project, where we investigate the trends of dementia prevalence and incidence in Swedish older adults.