Krister Håkansson


PhD, Medicine
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krister.hakansson@ki.se

Krister_HåkanssonKrister Håkansson completed his doctoral thesis, the Role of Socio-emotional Factors for Cognitive Health, in October 2016 at Karolinska Institutet. He continues to work 50% as a research fellow at Aging Research Center in the division of Clinical Geriatrics at Karolinska Institutet under the supervision of Miia Kivipelto. Krister has over 30 years of experience as teacher of psychology at the Linnaeus University, where he still does teaching and research part-time in parallel with his work at Karolinska. His main teaching interests are psychobiology, cognition, cross-cultural psychology and organizational psychology.

The main focus of Kristers PhD work was the role of socio-emotional factors in midlife for cognitive health in later life and how this association is modified by genetic risk factors. The results of the first study showed that living alone after losing a partner relatively early in life was associated with a seven-fold risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and the risk was even higher for persons who also carried the ApoE 4 allele. Follow-up results indicate that feelings of hopelessness and loneliness also constitute risk factors independent of marital status. Krister is also involved in research on the biological mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease with a focus on the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).

Selected publications

Håkansson K, Ledreux A, Daffner K, Terjestam Y, Bergman P, Carlsson R, et al. BDNF Responses in Healthy Older Persons to 35 Minutes of Physical Exercise, Cognitive Training, and Mindfulness: Associations with Working Memory Function. J Alzheimers Dis. IOS Press; 2016 Nov 19;55(2):645–57.

Håkansson, K., Soininen, H., Winblad, B., & Kivipelto, M. (2015). Feelings of Hopelessness in Midlife and Cognitive Health in Later Life: A Prospective Population-Based Cohort Study. PloS One, 10(10), e0140261. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140261

Håkansson, K., Rovio, S., Helkala, E., Vilska, A., Winblad, B., et al. (2009). Association between mid-life marital status and cognitive function in later life: population based cohort study. British Medical Journal, 339, b2462.

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