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SNAC Newsletter – 2021
6 October, 2021

The newsletter of the Swedish National study on Aging and Care (SNAC), 2021 has been published. SNAC includes the local databases of NEAR – Kungsholmen (SNAC-K), Blekinge (SNAC-B), Nordanstig (SNAC-N), and Skåne (SNAC-S). Read newsletter here (in Swedish)  

Online research seminar: Multidisciplinary Care For Older People
30 September, 2021

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

Sex differences in dementia and response to a lifestyle intervention: Evidence from Nordic population-based studies and a prevention trial.
27 September, 2021

Women have higher rates of dementia but the reasons for this are unclear Women have shown higher rates of dementia than men, but the underlying reasons for this sex discrepancy has not been entirely understood. The goal of this study was to assess sex differences in the risk for dementia,[...]

NEAR has been approved renewal of the research infrastructure grant by the Swedish Research Council (VR)!
27 September, 2021

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[...]

Deadline: 5 October 2021 – NEAR is looking for a Database Coordinator
22 September, 2021

NEAR is looking for a Database Coordinator who primarily will lead the work on metadata documentation. The primary task is to document collected data and verify that already documented data follows the correct format. The Database Coordinator will also lead the documentation performed by the other database managers and act[...]

Dissertation, 24 May 2021: Harpa Sif Eyjólfsdóttir
13 September, 2021

On 24th of May 2021, Harpa Sif Eyjólfsdóttir at Karolinska Institutet, defended her doctoral thesis entitled: “Unequal tracks? Studies in work, retirement and health” The overall aim of this thesis was to study how retirement is influenced by health status, socioeconomic position, and gender in Sweden; and in turn how[...]

Dissertation, 11 June 2021: Jenna Najar
9 September, 2021

On 11th of June 2021, Jenna Najar at University of Gothenburg, defended her doctoral thesis entitled: “Risk factors for dementia – Lifestyle, hormones, neurochemistry, and genetics”. The aim of this thesis was to expand the understanding about the effects of lifestyle factors, indicators of endogenous estrogens, and genetic factors on[...]

Dissertation, 20 May 2020: Therese Rydberg Sterner
9 September, 2021

On 20th of May, Therese Rydberg Sterner at University of Gothenburg, defended her doctoral thesis entitled: “Depression among Swedish 70-year-olds: Sex differences from a gender perspective?”. The overarching aim of this thesis was to study prevalence, time trends, and subjective experiences of depression among older adults, with specific focus towards potential[...]

Spending too little money on preventing ill-health can lower welfare benefits
6 September, 2021

The NEAR Scientific Advisory Board member, Professor Miia Kivipelto, has written a debate article together with three Professors from KI on the importance of investing in prevention of major public health diseases such as, dementia, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes type 2.  They propose that the regions of the country spend[...]

Deadline: 17 September 2021 – NEAR is looking for a Postdoc in Epidemiology of Aging
30 August, 2021

NEAR is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct work on gene-environment interplay in older adults included in NEAR. Specifically, longitudinal analyses will be conducted to understand how interventions from drug therapy interact with individual aging trajectories as assessed by different biomarkers of aging. The post-doc researcher will mainly be working[...]

It’s never too late to learn new things
23 August, 2021

The NEAR Steering Board member, Lars Nyberg, was interviewed in the daily newspaper DN on the aging brain and learning processes. Lars explains that we can learn new things throughout life, however at a slower pace, as compared to younger adults. Therefore, more time and practice may be needed but[...]

NEAR Methodological Workshop, 27 October 2021
20 August, 2021

We are happy to announce that NEAR will hold its third workshop on “Methodological issues in harmonizing and pooling of data”, 27 October 10 AM- 3 PM. Due to the current situation, the workshop will take place online (Zoom) and onsite (KI Solna Campus) for selected participants only.  Register for[...]