Amaia Calderon Larrañaga
I am currently working as assistant professor at the Aging Research Center (ARC) of Karolinska Institutet. I hold a degree in Pharmacy, a Master's in Public Health, and a PhD from the Department of Public Health, University of Zaragoza. Before being recruited at ARC in August 2015 and during my postdoctoral period within the EpiChron Research Group of the Aragon Health Sciences Institute (IACS) in Spain, I investigated the epidemiology of multimorbidity (e.g. patterns of diseases and geriatric conditions, polypharmacy patterns), and its impact on health systems (e.g. healthcare use, medication adherence, adverse drug events), and patients (e.g. obesity and weight loss, physical activity). I have also been part of the design of a cluster randomized trial in young-old patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy aimed at improving physician drug prescription in the Spanish primary care (Multi-PAP project).
Since my incorporation at ARC, I have been studying health in older age shifting from the traditional focus on single diseases towards multidimensional and longitudinal health trajectories, using data from the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care (SNAC-K). Thanks to a VR Starting Grant and a Forte Grant (Research on ageing and health) obtained during 2016-2017, I study the environmental, behavioral and biological determinants of such trajectories, as well as the interaction of these health pathways with the use of medical and social care services needs. The proposed research aims to: (a) improve our understanding of health in old age from a person-centered perspective by considering its complexity and between- and within- individual heterogeneity and (b) provide the evidence needed by healthcare managers to deliver better care at a more appropriate time and place.
Pedagogical activities include supervision of two PhD students, one postdoctoral fellow, three international guest students at ARC, several master’s students and an undergraduate student; organisation and lecturing at several courses on geriatric epidemiology (KI Master’s in Public Health Sciences, KI Doctoral Course within the Epidemiology Program), four-year teaching at the undergraduate level at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, and attendance to courses on university-level pedagogy. Moreover, I am a member of the International Primary Care Research Leadership Program at University of Oxford (Cohort 8).