Anna-Karin Welmer

Senior Lecturer, Medicine
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Anna-Karin Welmer, PhD, is senior lecturer at KI and a physical therapist at Karolinska University Hospital. She was appointed associate professor of aging research at KI in 2014. Anna-Karin is co-principal investigator of the Swedish National study on Aging and care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) population-study. In 2015 she received the Karolina Prize (Karolinapriset; the Karolinska Hospital research prize). She is member of the steering committee for the European MPI-age project. Her research has been supported by various foundations, including Stockholm County Council and the Swedish Research Council (VR). She is currently principal supervisor for one PhD student, and co-supervisor of one PhD student.

Anna-Karin’s primary area of research interest is the epidemiology of physical function, disability and falls in older persons. Currently she is working with the following research lines:

  1. Exploring the complex interactions between biological, demographic, and social factors; chronic diseases; and lifestyle that may explain the development of disability in old age.
  2. The European MPI (Multidimensional Prognostic Indices) project, which aims to use the MPI to predict survival in older individuals.
  3. The body-mind connection.
  4. The VR-financed project: “Thinking, moving, and falling: Early detection of fall-prone phenotypes as targets for primary interventions—a translational study”. The goal of this project is to enable early detection of fall risk in older adults who can be targets for primary interventions.

Selected publications

Trevisan C, Rizzuto D, Maggi S, Sergi G, Wang HX, Fratiglioni L, Welmer AK. The effect of social network on the risk and consequences of injurious falls in older adults: a population-based study. J Am Ger Soc 2019 (In press)

Ek S, Rizzuto D, Calderon Larrañaga A, Franzén E, Xu W, Welmer AK. Predicting First Time Injurious Falls in older Men and Women living in the Community – Development of the First Injurious Fall Screening Tool. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2019 Apr 3. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.02.023. [Epub ahead of print]

Ek S, Rizzuto D, Fratiglioni L, Calderón-Larrañaga A, Johnell K, Sjöberg L, Xu W, Welmer AK. Risk factors for injurious falls in community-dwelling older adults: The role of sex and follow-up time. J Am Geriatr Soc 2019;67:246-253

Santoni G, Angleman SB, Ek S, Heiland EG, Lagergren M, Fratiglioni L, Welmer AK. Temporal trends in impairments of physical function among older adults during 2001-2016 in Sweden: towards a healthier aging. Age Ageing 2018;47(5):698-704

Heiland EG, Qiu C, Wang R, Santoni G, Liang Y, Fratiglioni L, Welmer AK. Cardiovascular Risk Burden and Future Risk of Walking Speed Limitation in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2017;65(11):2418-2424

Ek S, Rizzuto D, Fratiglioni L, Johnell K, Xu W, Welmer AK. Risk profiles for injurious falls in people over 60: a population-based cohort study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2018;73:233-239

Welmer AK, Rizzuto D, Calderón-Larrañaga A, Johnell K. Sex Differences in the Association Between Pain and Injurious Falls in Older Adults: A Population-Based Longitudinal Study. Am J Epidemiol 2017;186(9):1049-1056

Welmer AK, Rizzuto D, Laukka EJ, Johnell, K, Fratiglioni L. Cognitive and Physical Function in Relation to the Risk of Injurious Falls in Older Adults: A Population-Based Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2017;72:669-675

Angleman SB, Santoni G, Pilotto A, Fratiglioni L, Welmer AK, on behalf of the MPI_AGE Investigators. Multidimensional Prognostic Index in Association with Future Mortality and Hospitalization in a Population-based Sample of Older Adults: Results of the EU Funded MPI_AGE Project. PLoS One 2015;10(7):e0133789

Welmer AK, Rizzuto D, Qiu C, Caracciolo B, Laukka EJ. Walking speed, processing speed, and dementia: a population-based longitudinal study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2014;69(12):1503-10

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