Already as a medical student, she started in 2006 her research on cognitive trajectories after delirium. In 2014, she completed her PhD on prognosis after delirium in hip fracture patients. Prognosis after delirium is still her main research focus and clinical interest, although the setting for her research is now in primary care.
What do you think are the most exciting present and future developments in your field of aging research?
Unfortunately, the last decades with research on delirium have not given us much ground-breaking new knowledge regarding the syndrome of delirium. It remains a mystery how diseases outside of the brain can cause acute cognitive symptoms. In addition, the mechanism on how delirium is associated with poor outcomes is unknown. Today, several studies try to reveal the pathophysiology of delirium; knowledge on its mechanisms is the key both to its prevention and to treatment. A patient with delirium is suffering, and new knowledge on how to best handle their symptoms as well as preventing them from losing their functions is my biggest wish for the next decade with delirium research
24NKG is a multidisciplinary conference where the participants have the opportunity to broaden their perspective beyond the themes of their own immediate research areas. How would you like to motivate social scientists and humanists to attend your lecture?
Delirium is important for everyone; about 20% of all hospitalized patients develop delirium, and a delirium may have a huge impact on a patient’s life. Patients with delirium have an increased mortality risk for 2 years after the episode, increased risk for cognitive decline, and about 50% of the patients remember the episode and often struggle with painful memories. Delirium is expensive and is a burden for caregivers.
In your mind, how can the Nordic Congress contribute to aging research in general? What do you expect from 24NKG?
The congress is an important area for meeting colleagues and potential collaborators to find new knowledge to make the daily life of the frail older part of our population better. As a researcher, to meet clinicians and colleagues with other backgrounds than mine is of outmost importance for getting inputs to continue my research in the right direction.