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About us

The overall aim of AgeCap is to perform coordinated studies of capability in ageing. Capability refers to the individual’s ability to perform actions in order to reach goals he or she has reason to value. Factors on different levels of the person’s life form the basis for what that individual is capable of. Examples of factors on a macro level are laws and regulations that affect pensions, social security, labour market, home care, and health care. On a mesolevel, factors that influence capability include the context in which the daily life is embedded, e.g. socioeconomic, family life, social networks, caring facilities and obligations, health care and work. Finally, individual factors include genetic predispositions, neurobiology, personality, somatic, mental/cognitive health, life style and human capital (e.g education, acquired work skills, earning capacity).

The centre will conduct multidisciplinary studies and educational activities by bringing together researchers from medicine, psychology, social and health sciences for joint projects focusing on determinants of stability and change of capability. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be used and projects focusing on secular changes, physical, cognitive and mental health, neurohealth, work and retirement, fraility, and self-determination will be included. Researchers at the centre and their networks already have access to major population-based longitudinal databases. The plan is to launch new intervention studies and longitudinal studies of new cohorts that allow us to cover the entire age span from 50 to over 100 years. Knowledge gathered through the centre will have broad applications ranging from political decision-making to individual well-being. The centre will also foster young researchers in multidisciplinary aging research. The ultimate goal is to strengthen older people’s capability to make choices that improves overall wellbeing and participation in society.


The host institution for AgeCap is the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at Wallinsgatan 6 in Mölndal. 
AgeCaps organisation includes a Steering Committee, a communications team, a group of young researchers (AgeCap Greenhouse), a scientific coordinator, an administrative coordinator, a communicator, and investigation unit. The steering committee is supported by an international advisory board. Further, a stakeholders advisory board facilitates collaboration with society.

Steering committee

The steering committee decisions are taken regarding development of research activities and the planning of resource use. The Steering Committee meet six times per year and the members are:

• Director of AgeCap and leader of EPINEP: Ingmar Skoog (substitute Margda Waern) 
• PI FRESH: Synneve Dahlin Ivanoff (substitute Katarina Wilhelmsson) 
• PI ADA-Gero: Boo Johansson (substitute Linda Hassing), 
• PI LEXLIV: Lotta Dellve (substitute Ewa Wikström/Björn Halleröd) 
• PI NEUROCHEM: Kaj Blennow (substitute Henrik Zetterberg) 
• AGEDEM: Annika Bergström/Maria Edström 
• Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts: Maja Gunn (substitute Ulf Dalnäs) 
• Faculty of Arts: Ulrika Lagerlöf Nilsson/Dimitrios Kokkinakis 
• School of Business, Economics and Law: Eva Maria Svensson/Kristian Bolin

• AGECAP GREENHOUSE: Isabelle Hansson and Jenna Najar

o Representative of Västra Götaland: Ann-Marie Wennberg, chief physician
o Representative of host faculty: Agneta Holmäng, Dean
o Scientific coordinator: Pia Gudmundsson 
o Administrative coordinator: Tina Jacobsson
o Innovation advisor, Jonas Rimbäck
o Communicator, Ragnhild Larsson

Reference group

• Pia Gudmundsson

• Lena Gustafsson, SPF Seniors
• Ingela Ekholm, PRO 
• Peter Lönnroth, Region Västra Götaland
• Helena Henningson, SKL, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
• Kerstin Karlsson, Senior Gothgenburg
• Sara Nordenhielm, The Gothenburg Region (GR)
• Pär Rahmström, Demensförbundet
• Ann-Catrine Fogelgren, local politician
• Ann-Christine Ringsby, registered dementia nurse
• Åsa Johnsson, Active Senior, Varberg municipality
• Kristine Josephsson, Senior Sport School, Region Västra Götaland
• Susanne Sandgren, Skaraborgs Municipality
• Jonas Rimbäck, Innovation advisor

International Advisory Board

AgeCap has an international advisory board that includes seven international researchers from various disciplines. This Board will meet once a year to review the development of the Center, as well as advise on future directions.


  • Robert Stewart, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Clinical Informatics, King’s College, London, UK
  • Clare Hocking, Professor of Occupational Science, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Denis Gerstorf, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Humboldt University, Berlin,
  • David Gordon, Professor of Social Justice, Bristol University, Bristol,
  • Nick Fox, Professor of Clinical Neurology, University College, London,
  • Gladys Maestre, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York,
  • Adesola Ogunniyi, Professor of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg is Associate Professor at the Center for Inter-American Studies (C.IAS) at the University of Graz, Austria

  • AgeCap greenhouse

  • • Isabelle Hansson, (ADA-Gero)
    • Jenna Najar (EPINEP)

Communications Group

  • Maria Edström (JMG)
  • Ragnhild Larsson (AgeCap)
  • Isabelle Hansson (Ada-Gero)
  • Pia Gudmundsson (EPINEP)

  • Administration

  • Tina Jacobsson, administrator
  • Pia Gudmundsson, scientific coordinator