Miia Kivipelto

Lead Partner


Professor Kivipelto identified modifiable and treatable risk factors for dementia/AD, including interactions between genetic and environmental factors. She developed the first tool to predict dementia risk 20 years later based on midlife risk profiles (CAIDE Dementia Risk Score, mobile app available "Dementia Risk Tool").



Professor Kivipelto identified modifiable and treatable risk factors for dementia/AD, including interactions between genetic and environmental factors. She developed the first tool to predict dementia risk 20 years later based on midlife risk profiles (CAIDE Dementia Risk Score, mobile app available "Dementia Risk Tool"). Subsequently, Professor Kivipelto tested for the first time a multidomain intervention targeting modifiable risk factors to prevent dementia in the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) Randomized Controlled Trial. The FINGER intervention significantly improved cognitive performance and prevented cognitive decline in a population at risk for dementia. FINGER has caused a ground-breaking paradigm shift, where cognitive decline is no longer an inevitable consequence of aging, but rather, It is possible to reduce the risk with healthy lifestyle and multidomain interventions. FINGER is a pragmatic model that is now tested/adapted in various settings to produce pragmatic prevention programs within the Worldwide FINGERS platform). She also contributed to understanding the underlying mechanisms and developing early diagnoses of dementia/AD. She is Principal Investigator of several large studies/networks of translational research (HATICE, MIND-AD, MULTI-MODE). Finally, she is co-leader of the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia (EPAD) initiative to develop a pan-European platform to deliver an adaptive trial for the secondary prevention of dementia/AD.

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