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Annica Sjölander

Annica Sjölander is since January of 2012 coordinator at the Centre for Culture and Health. She is a Doctor of Medicine in neurochemistry and has conducted research on risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases.

After her disputation Sjölander held a two-year postdoctoral position connected to the cross-disciplinary centre EpiLife at the University of Gothenburg. Most recently she has held a post as researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy in tandem with working as a coordinator and being the university's representative in the project BioBanking and Molecular Resource Infrastructure of Sweden (BBMRI) funded by the Swedish Research Council. Sjölander sits on the board of Future Faculty at the Sahlgrenska Academy, whose purpose is to promote junior researchers' interests. She is a board member of Futures, a network for young researchers within EpiLife where she has previously been chairperson.

Sjölander has authored several articles that have been published in scientific journals. Above all, she has studied genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and has in some of her most recent publications investigated two potential high-risk genes: “BACE1 gene variants do not influence BACE1 activity, levels of APP or Aβ isoforms in CSF in Alzheimer's disease” (Molecular Neurodegeneration 2010) and “Alzheimer’s disease: No effect of the CDK5 gene on CSF biomarkers, neuropathology or disease risk” (Molecular Medicine Reports 2009).

At the Centre for Culture and Health, Annica Sjölander, along with the director, will coordinate and carry out the work with achieving the objectives that have been formulated for the Centre and stimulate research and education within the field. With her medical research background, she will contribute to shed light on the area of culture and health from a medical health perspective and work for the Centre's becoming an inviting border-transcending, cross-disciplinary platform.

An important task for Sjölander is to create collaboration, both within the University of Gothenburg and between the university and the outside world, while functioning as a knowledge resource for both internal and external actors.

Contact Information

Centre for Culture and Health

Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

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