Activities

December 15, 2020

NEAR dissertation, 4 December 2020: Johan Skoog

The NEAR researcher Johan Skoog, University of Gothenburg, defended his thesis with the title: “Sleep and cognition in old age: Birth cohort differences, dementia, and biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease”.

The main findings from the thesis imply that 70-year old’s of today have better sleep quality, in terms of insomnia, than 70-year old’s 30 years ago (Do later-born birth cohorts of septuagenarians sleep better? Oxford Academic ). Different types of sleep problems may play varying roles during the life course concerning dementia risk; insomnia could potentially be more important in midlife while waking up too early (terminal insomnia) or long sleep duration (>9 hours) may be more critical later in life (Sleep disturbances and dementia risk: A multicenter study – ScienceDirect). This study included the NEAR databases: H70 and Kungsholmen Project, as well as the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study, which includes participants from Finland. Finally, sleep may play an important role in the early processes of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) by potentially decreasing clearance or increasing production of amyloid β that is a biological marker for AD.

Read more:

Johan Skoog, Thesis 2020

God sömn minskar risk för demens | | forskning.se

Bättre sömn motverkar demens hos äldre | SvD

Bättre sömn motverkar demens hos äldre | Aftonbladet

Bättre sömn minskar risken för demens | ETC

“Störd sömn i medelåldern ökar risken för demens” | Kurera.se

Dålig sömn ökar risken för demens | Vårdfokus (vardfokus.se)

Sleep disturbances linked to increased dementia risk | Karolinska Institutet Nyheter (ki.se)

More activities

October 6, 2021

Steering Board meeting 6 October

The NEAR Steering Board held an E-meeting on October 6. At the meeting, various topics were discussed, such as procedures for handling NEAR applications, user-fees, renewal of the NEAR infrastructure grant, and future activities in NEAR. 

September 28, 2021

Online research seminar: Multidisciplinary Care For Older People

The NEAR Director, Laura Fratiglioni had the opening lecture with the title: “Aging research: achievements, current challenges and future perspectives” at the Swetaly Ageing online research seminar 28 September 2021. The host for the research seminar was University of Gothenburg.  Program

September 22, 2021

NEAR has been approved renewal of the research infrastructure grant by the Swedish Research Council (VR)!

We are happy to announce that the National E-infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR) received the renewal of the research infrastructure grant by the Swedish Research Council (VR) for the period 2023-2028. Laura Fratiglioni, current NEAR Director, expresses her satisfaction and states: “This second grant allows us to consolidate and expand NEAR after the building phase […]