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Collaborations & international contacts



A successful and rewarding exchange-retreat initiated by colleagues from two Forte Centres, the EPINEP group from the Centre for Ageing and Health (AgeCap), University of Gothenburg, and Aging Research Center (ARC) at Karolinska Institutet/Stockholm University took place on the 4-5th February at Knistad Herrgård, Skövde. The main purpose of the event was to exchange knowledge and ideas across the research groups, and to discuss potential future collaborations.

The program included presentations of the main studies by the directors of AgeCap and ARC; Ingmar Skoog and Laura Fratiglioni. It was followed by a networking activity, allowing the members to have one-on-one “research dating”. The primary task was to engage in one of the three focus group discussions on depression, dementia, or multimorbidity/somatic disorders, where potential future collaborations were discussed and planned. The exchange-retreat ended with concluding remarks by the directors of ARC and AgeCap to facilitate practical aspects of the collaborations.

Members from both centers would like to thank the Graduate Research School on Health and Aging at ARC and financiers of EPINEP supporting this important initiative.

Swedish Brain Power


CEROSS (Center of Excellence for Research on Sex Steroids)


Institute of medicine, Public Health Epidemiology Unit (Lauren Lissner)

Institute of medicine, Primary Health Care Unit (Cecilia Björkelund)

Department of Geriatric Medicine (Sten Landahl)

Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry (Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg)

Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Pharmacology (Elias Eriksson)

Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg (Boo Johansson)


Department of geriatric medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (Ken Rockwood & Arnold Mitnitski) 

Department of mental hygiene, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (Michelle Mielke & Peter Zandi)

DESCRIPA (Development of Screening guidelines and diagnostic Criteria for Predementia Alzheimer's disease) The study is part of a collaboration on mild cognitive impairment in the elderly within the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium (EADC), financed by the European Union. DESCRIPA includes five epidemiological studies in Europe and is coordinated by Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Department of psychiatry, University of Vienna, Austria (Johannes Wancata)

Department of psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, USA (Paul Duberstein)

Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Florence, Italy (Leonardo Pantoni & Michaela Simoni) 

Department of Neurology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany (Martin Liebetrau)

Cache County Study, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK (Rob Stewart) 

Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA  (Erin Bigler)

EURODEP The study is part of a collaboration between 12 epidemiological studies in Europe on psychiatric illness in the elderly which is coordinated from Liverpool and Amsterdam.

Knistad Estate, Skövde

Colleagues from EPINEP and ARC.

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