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NEAR was well-represented during the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region (IAGG-ER) Congress 2019 in Gothenburg.

The NEAR director Laura Fratiglioni had a key stage talk with the title: “NEAR: A common effort for a better future” where she talked about how solutions for a better life in old age can be found in Swedish research.

 

NEAR also held a well-visited symposium with the title: “NEAR – the National E-infrastructure on Aging Research in Sweden: Building on 30 Years of Experience to Prepare for Future Aging Research”

Chair: Laura Fratiglioni, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, Co-chair: Debora Rizzuto, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.

  1. Social Inequalities in old age. Speaker: Carin Lennartsson, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.
  2. Care of elderly people. Speaker: Anders Wimo, Karolinska Institutet.
  3. Gene-Environmental Interplay to Explain Health Heterogeneity: Results from the Swedish Twin Registry. Speaker: Nancy Pedersen, Karolinska Institutet
  4. Redefine dementia diagnosis etiology in epidemiological studies. Speaker: Ingmar Skoog, University of Gothenburg.

         

Many persons also came to visit our booth where information about NEAR and NEAR-related activities could be found.

 

NEAR would like to thank the organizers for hosting a fantastic and stimulating congress and we are looking forward to upcoming IAGG-ER conferences!

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We are happy to announce that NEAR will host its first symposium with the title: “NEAR – the National E-infrastructure on Aging Research in Sweden: Building on 30 Years of Experience to Prepare for Future Aging Research” at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress, May 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden (IAGG-ER 2019).

We hope to see you there!

 

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

NEAR – the National Infrastructure on Aging Research in Sweden: building on 30 years of experience to prepare for future aging research

Chair: Laura Fratiglioni, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, Co-chair: Debora Rizzuto, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.

  1. Gene-Environmental Interplay to Explain Health Heterogeneity: Results from Swedish Twin Register. Speaker: Nancy Pedersen, Karolinska Institutet
  2. Social Inequalities in Health in old age. Speaker: Johan Fritzell, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.
  3. Redefine dementia diagnosis etiology in epidemiological studies. Speaker: Ingmar Skoog, University of Gothenburg.
  4. Care of elderly people. Speaker: Anders Wimo, Karolinska Institutet.
  5. Neuroimaging Biomarkers in Brain Ageing. Speaker: Lars Nyberg, Umeå University.

 

Abstract

Since the 1970s, Swedish longitudinal population-based studies have played a major role in geriatric research by exploring health-related conditions in older adults. Most of those studies are now collaborating to build the newly started National E-infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR) to empower aging research in Sweden. This symposium presents and discusses some of the breakthrough contributions of the participating studies. The Gothenburg Population Studies will provide a comprehensive overview of the role vascular factors play in dementia and Alzheimer disease, starting with pioneering evidence of the impact of high blood pressure on dementia risk. Findings from the Swedish Twin Registry, which uses a life course approach, will also be presented. This research has quantified genetic and environmental influences on common chronic disorders and individual changes in physical and cognitive functioning. SWEOLD will present results on the relevance of living conditions and family connections to well-being and healthy aging, as well as information on health inequality by sex, education, and socioeconomic position found in older adults, even in Sweden. Speakers will also cover findings on the complexity and heterogeneity of older adults’ health in relation to care needs and use of medical and social resources, based on integrated information from the four SNAC studies. For a more complete picture, temporal trends of different health indicators will also be presented. Finally, findings from the Betula project will be presented; researchers have observed large heterogeneity in memory-aging profiles linked not only to genetic and lifestyle-related factors but also to specific brain characteristics that could be used as clinically relevant biomarkers. In conclusion, NEAR integrates rich medical and social data and brings together the scientific experience of its founders, providing unique opportunities to identify sustainable intervention strategies for better health and care for old people.

NEAR’S FIRST SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP

On March 7th to March 8th, the National E-Infrastructure on Aging Research (NEAR) hosted its first internal scientific workshop to initiate discussions for potential future research collaborations. On behalf of Karolinska Institutet, the Vice President of Research, Anders Gustafsson, welcomed everyone and enlightened the importance of epidemiological aging research, as well as the added value of national collaborations across the largest Swedish Universities in the medical field. The workshop continued with that the Director of NEAR, Laura Fratiglioni, and the Scientific Coordinator, Debora Rizzuto, had presentations about NEAR. This was followed by speakers with experience of research collaborations across various databases/studies.

In the afternoon brainstorming sessions took place to facilitate discussions of future research collaborations. On Friday the workshop ended with presentations and discussions of the future research projects and collaborations. Overall, the workshop was very successful, resulting in interesting and important research- and methodological related discussions, new ideas, as well as proposals of 10 future research studies.

For detailed program: NEAR Program_Workshop_7 to 8 March_2019 _Final