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Tiia Ngandu


Tiia Ngandu, MD, PhD is currently working as a medical specialist at the Department of Chronic Disease Prevention, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland and as a researcher at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Her major research interests are in the area of dementia epidemiology, particularly risk factors and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment. She has been investigating the role of various lifestyle-related factors, such as obesity, alcohol drinking, diet and socio-economic status for the development of dementia. Special focus in her research has been on the possible interactions between genetic and lifestyle-related factors. Dr. Ngandu is the main coordinator of the ongoing Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER), which is a multidomain lifestyle RCT aiming at prevention of cognitive impairment and AD.

Dr. Ngandu received her PhD in geriatric epidemiology in 2006 from the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Her thesis was entitled “Lifestyle-related risk factors in dementia and mild cognitive impairment: a population-based study”. She graduated as MD from the University of Kuopio, Finland in 2007.



Last Updated: Thursday 04 July 2013