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Mozhu Ding

Postdoctoral researcher

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My doctoral thesis focused on the temporal trends in the incidence of dementia in Sweden, as well as the role of atrial fibrillation in brain and cognitive aging. The main findings of my thesis are 1) the incidence of dementia declined by 10% per decade from the 1980s to the 2010s among people aged 75 years and older in central Stockholm, Sweden, 2) atrial fibrillation is very common in older adults and is associated with a faster cognitive decline and higher risk of dementia; the use of anticoagulant drugs could decrease the risk of dementia by 60% among old atrial fibrillation patients, and 3) on brain magnetic resonance imaging, atrial fibrillation is associated with an accelerated increase in white matter lesions and brain atrophy independent of cerebral infarcts. Data for the doctoral project were derived from the longitudinal population-based Kungsholmen Project, the SNAC-K study, and the SNAC-K MRI substudy.

My postdoctoral work will focus on how biomarkers play a role in the onset and progression of age-related chronic diseases, such as atrial fibrillation and dementia. 




2012-2014: Master degree in Public Health Sciences (Epidemiology), Karolinska Institutet

2016-2019: PhD in Geriatric Epidemiology, Aging Research Center, NVS, Karolinksa Institutet

2020-present: Postdoc, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

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