Professor Bengt Winblad, MD, PhD has been involved in the field of dementia research for many years. He became MD 1971 and took his PhD in 1975 at the University of Umeå, Sweden, where he became a Docent in 1977 and Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Chief Physician in 1982. Bengt Winblad has since been a guest professor at the Department of Psychiatry in Frankfurt and honorary professor at Beijing University, Wuhan University and Shanghai University in China. Currently, he is working in Stockholm, Sweden as Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet and is Chief Physician at Karolinska University in Huddinge.
Professor Winblad has been involved in numerous professional appointments and university activities. These have included being a member of the Advisory Committee for the Medical Research Council. He is co-chairing the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium (EADC) and presently chairing the Medical Scientific Advisory Panel of the Alzheimer Disease International (ADI). He is also a member of the Nobel Assembly for the Prize of Medicine and Physiology at the Karolinska Institutet. Professor Winblad is the Head of the KI-Alzheimer Disease Research Center in Huddinge including KASPAC (KI Dainippon Sumitomo Alzheimer Center), as well as the Director of the Swedish Brain Power research network.
Bengt Winblads research interests focus on the epidemiology, genetics and treatment of dementia conditions, especially Alzheimers disease. He has been presented with a number of awards for his contribution to this research area. He has taken the initiative regarding pharmaceutical treatment (memantine and later donepezil) of patients with severe Alzheimers disease. Professor Winblad has been a tutor for more than 150 PhD dissertations and has published more than 1000 original publications in the field of gerontology/geriatrics/dementia research.