VR grants to Erika Jonsson Laukka and Chengxuan Qiu

5 November, 2020 in subject News

Erika Jonsson Laukka was granted funding of 4.8 MSEK from the Swedish Research Council (VR) for the research project “Olfactory function, cognitive aging, and dementia” for a four-year period (2021-2024).

The aim of the project is to deepen the knowledge regarding olfactory deficits in aging and their role in predicting dementia and cognitive decline. Four main topics will be covered: factory performance and risk of future dementia and cognitive impairment, the association between olfactory decline and cognitive decline, mechanisms of olfactory function and decline and clinical advantages of olfactory testing.

The database from a Swedish population-based cohort, SNAC-K, with repeated assessment of olfactory abilities, neuropsychological test performance, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia across 18 years, will be used.
More information about the project


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Chengxuan Qiu was granted funding of 4.8 MSEK from the Swedish Research Council (VR) for the research project “Chronic hypoxia as a possible pathway linking clinical conditions of the heart, lungs, and blood with accelerated brain aging” for a four-year period (2021-2024).

The ultimate goal of this project is to improve our understanding of chronic conditions of the heart, lungs, and blood (e.g., heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and anemia) in relation to accelerated brain lesions, cognitive decline, and dementia.

We plan to carry out four subprojects among older adults aiming to illustrate: the heart-brain aging relation, the lung-brain aging relation, the blood-brain health relation and the load of chronic hypoxia-brain health relation. The project is being implemented by a multidisciplinary team with expertise in epidemiology, neurology, geriatrics, cardiology, psychology, neuroimaging, and biostatistics. More information about the project