KI is a medical university of highest international reputation. The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) aims to be one of the world's leading departments in the multi-disciplinary research theme of aging and health. There is ongoing clinical, experimental and care research in neurodegenerative dementias since the 1980´s. The Center for Alzheimer Research (Heads: Professor Bengt Winblad and Professor Agneta Nordberg) is one of the premier dementia research centres in the world. It has provided ground breaking contributions in the areas of epidemiology, genetics, risk factors, diagnosis, brain imaging, treatment and prevention of dementia. The department also has a long tradition of pharmaceutical research. KI will contribute a Nordic perspective on health care systems and structures as well as on patient and carer needs and will provide first class neurobiological input to the intervention design and product development.
The KI team will be led by Prof. Caroline Graff. Her professional background is in clinical genetics. Since 2009 she has been a member of the research, training and development board of the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at KI and since 2011 she is the director of the brain bank at KI. She is a member of Swedish Brain Power (SBP), a network of leading brain researchers (Prof. Bengt Winblad, Director). The team led by Graff is part of the SBP collaboration on hereditary forms of early onset dementia and includes researchers from Karolinska Institutet: Steinunn Thordardottir MD, PhD-student; Mette Bergman, social worker, PhD-student and from Lund’s University: Anneli Orrung Wallin PhD, Petra Lilja Anderson PhD together with Professor Anna-Karin Edberg.
Role in the consortium
KI is partner in WP2, WP3 and WP4