The Aging Research Centre (ARC) is an internationally renowned multidisciplinary centre – a collaboration between the Karolinska Institute (KI) and Stockholm University – where researchers from various disciplines (medicine, sociology, psychology) study complex aging processes from different perspectives. ARC research activity concerns brain aging and dementia, health status, and multi-morbidity. In a recent KI ERA (External Research assessment) evaluation, ARC was one of the very few KI centres graded as Outstanding. Together with the Stockholm Gerontology Research Centre and the Swedish Dementia Centre (), ARC is part of the House of the Aging Research, focusing on the study of elderly persons' health and living conditions, as well as provision of public care and services.
The main tasks of the centre are research, information sharing and education on aging-related issues, and it has broad national and international networks with other research centers, community and policy makers. ARC is responsible for large databases from population-based studies on aging and health (Kungsholmen Project, SNAC-K, and SWEOLD), and other large databases (Betula, CAIDE and HARMONY) on cognitive aging are also available through national and international collaborations. ARC promotes doctoral and post-doctoral education to form a new generation of researchers on aging. Since January 2008, ARC is responsible for a National Graduate School on Aging Research. The centre has the main responsibility for the SNAC-K study and it is involved in planning the cognitive training and statistical analyses in the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER).
Professor Miia Kivipelto, MD, PhD is Deputy Head of KI-ARC and Professor in Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. She is also Research Director of Neuroepidemiology unit at University of Eastern Finland. She is combining research with clinical medicine, working also as senior geriatrician at the Memory Clinic, Karolinska University Hospital. She has been working in several clinical trials concerning cognitive impairment and AD and is now Deputy Head of the Clinical Trials Unit. Prof. Kivipelto is the principal investigator in the large population based Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study and in FINGER. Her research focus is the effects of and interactions between lifestyle-related and genetic factors on cognitive decline/dementia and prevention of AD and other aging-related diseases. Prof. Kivipelto has several PhD and post-doctoral students in her research group and she is involved in many international networks and scientific/steering committees. The unique combination as neuroepidemiologist and geriatrician gives a natural platform for the translational research proposed in the research plan.
Professor Laura Fratiglioni, MD, PhD is the Director of ARC. She is a long standing expert in Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology in aging-related disorders. Her main research interests are dementia and multi-morbidity and she has a vast experience on epidemiological and methodological issues in aging research. She is involved in many recent guidelines and international collaboration and has received many awards for her research and educational work.