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About me

I am a PhD student in the medical sector at Aging Research Center, NVS. I am a licensed physiotherapist and have worked clinically mainly within orthopedics. Since finishing my master in public health at Karolinska Institutet I have also worked within the field of public health, both as a research assistant and as a health planner in primary care. 


  • Bachelor in Physiotherapy, Uppsala University (2005)
  • Master in Public Health and Applied Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet (2012)

Research description

My PhD project is within geriatric epidemiology and concerns healthy aging and especially concequences of falls and risk factors for falls among older people. 



Risk Factors for Injurious Falls in Older Adults: The Role of Sex and Length of Follow-Up.
Ek S, Rizzuto D, Fratiglioni L, Calderón-Larrañaga A, Johnell K, Sjöberg L, Xu W, Welmer AK. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Nov 29. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15657. [Epub ahead of print]

Risk Profiles for Injurious Falls in People Over 60: A Population-Based Cohort Study.
Ek S, Rizzuto D, Fratiglioni L, Johnell K, Xu W, Welmer AK. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2018 Jan 16;73(2):233-239. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx115.

Temporal trends in impairments of physical function among older adults during 2001-16 in Sweden: towards a healthier ageing.
Santoni G, Angleman SB, Ek S, Heiland EG, Lagergren M, Fratiglioni L, Welmer AK. Age Ageing. 2018 Sep 1;47(5):698-704. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afy085.

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