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Is there a connection between obesity or alcohol consumption in middle age and cognitive function later in life? Can mental stress lead to cardiovascular disease? These are some of the questions being investigated at EpiLife, the Forte center at Gothenburg University. The overriding goal for the researchers is to document links between physical and mental health across the entire life span.

There is a long standing tradition in Gothenburg to have longitudinal population studies that study participants over many years, and at EpiLife it is possible to coordinate the research efforts in a new way. The researchers, drawn from disciplines such as public health, cardiovascular medicine, psychiatry, psychology and nutrition, will concentrate on four major work areas:

1. Psychosocial factors and susceptibility to cardiovascular disease

  • examine how psychosocial factors predict subsequent cardiovascular disease and, conversely, how cardiovascular disease affects mental health

2. Mental health, age and aging

  • deals with the effects of age and ageing on mental health
  • interest in links between alcohol and depression at various ages, and which social factors are related to alcoholism
  • study how functional capacity is affected by age, i.e. how people cope and look after themselves in daily life

3. Obesity over the lifecourse

  • study of obesity over a life perspective
  • certain social groups remain at increased risk of obesity
  • development of an intervention study to see if it is possible to influence the trend among vulnerable groups with poor finances, lower education or with immigrant background

4. Cognitive functioning, from normal to dementia

  • risk factors for dementia, e.g. Alzheimers
  • track how risk factors such as wine consumption and obesity are being studied in relation to dementia
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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-07-07