Miia Kivipelto is professor of Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet and a senior geriatrician at the Karolinska University Hospital. Her research focuses on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Through epidemiological studies she has identified midlife vascular and lifestyle risk factors for later dementia/AD and aims to build on these observations to improve knowledge transfer and public awareness and to design intervention trials to mitigate these factors including lifestyle manipulations, such as exercise interventions.
Professor Kivipelto is principal investigator for the population-based study Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) and the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER), one of the first multi-domain intervention studies in the world aimed at preventing or postponing dementia. She is also part of a Europe’s first-ever European Dementia Prevention Initiative (EDPI). In addition, she is involved in two population-based studies in Stockholm (Kungsholmen Project and SNACK) and is responsible for the clinical database (Gedoc) at the Memory Clinic, Karolinska University Hospital.
Professor Kivipelto leads a group of multidisciplinary researchers that includes four postdocs and nine doctoral students. Her group has close connections with the University of Eastern Finland and the National Institute of Health and Welfare in Helsinki and this collaboration has led to the development of the Nordic Brain Network (NBN), which has increased the utilization and exchange of resources and information about aging. She is also involved in many international networks and scientific/steering committees.