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Susanne Iwarsson is awarded the Sohlberg Prize - the Nordic region's largest prize in aging research

Photo: Kennet Ruona.

The jury has unanimously agreed to award the Susanne Iwarsson Sohlberg Prize. To be eligible, the candidate must have built up a strong research group and initiated research of great importance for the development of gerontology. The prize will be awarded during the opening ceremony of the Nordic Gerontology Congress - 26NKG - in Odense on June 8.

The prize goes to a researcher working in a Nordic country. The researcher must be a leader in the field of gerontology and have had a great influence on the development of aging research.

- I feel very honored and it is overwhelming to receive this recognition for the research I conduct together with my many employees and partners. I really want to emphasize that - it is not an individual effort that leads to an award like the Sohlberg Prize, but it is to a large extent a proof of the value of extensive cooperation and collaboration for many years. Therefore, I want to thank everyone who contributed to me receiving the award, says Susanne Iwarsson.

Professor and occupational therapist

Susanne Iwarsson is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. As a licensed occupational therapist, she has clinical experience from geriatric rehabilitation and primary care. Susanne defended her dissertation in 1997 and was promoted to professor of occupational therapy in 2003.

Maria and Seved Ribbing's professor of gerontology and geriatric care

Since 2005, she has been Maria and Seved Ribbing's professor of gerontology and geriatric care. She has extensive experience of both national and European research collaboration, often in leading roles. Susanne has been chairman of the Swedish Gerontological Society, and one of the editors - in - chief of the European Journal of Aging. She has also been and is involved in a number of boards and review committees within and outside the academy.

Coordinates CASE and SWEAH

Susanne Iwarsson has been the coordinator of the interdisciplinary "Center for Aging and Supportive Environments" (CASE) at Lund University since 2007 and since 2014 she coordinates the "Swedish national graduate school on aging and health", (SWEAH).

The Sohlberg Prize
The prize is awarded by the Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation. It is a tradition for the Sohlberg Prize winner to give a prize lecture at the Nordic Gerontology Congress, which will take place on 10 June.
The price is 10,000 euros.
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