Rui Wang

Associate Senior Lecturer


Phone: +46 8-120 53 851

Visiting address: Lidingövägen 1

Room: 1224

Belongs to: Department of Physical Activity and Health, Section for Health Science


Read more about my interests in teaching, research and collaboration.

I teach at the health promotion program, master's program, doctoral courses. Some of my main courses are:

  • Physical Activity and Healthy Brain Functions, 7.5 credits (School of Health Sciences)
  • Independent project for the Health Promotion Programme
  • Quantitative Methods, 5 credits (Master's Programme for Nordic Master in Outdoor Life)
  • Latent Variable Modelling I. Structural Equation Modelling, 7.5 credits (Master's Programme and PhD courses)

I also supervise independent projects at undergraduate and graduate level.

My research focuses primarily on geriatric epidemiology, especially in healthy lifestyles associated with aging and age-related brain diseases, such as dementia. My research interest includes investigating the role of an active lifestyle in body-heart-brain connections during the aging process.

In previous and ongoing projects, I have studied:

  • The associations between vascular risk factors, structural brain characteristics and dementia in elderly populations.
  • Common risk and protective factors and mechanisms between stroke and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Neuroformation markers in small vessel diseases of the brain, cerebral perfusion, and cerebral blood flow.
  • The associations between physical activity, fitness and executive function in adults and older adults.
  • Motor function and cognition in aging and dementia.
  • The role of environmental factors in aging and age-related brain diseases.

I have an established and ongoing collaboration with Division of Clinical Geriatrics Karolinska Institute, the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University, and Department of Medicine at Gothenburg University.

I have had the privilege of collaborating with esteemed international researchers, some of whom include:

  • Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD, Associate Professor, Geriatrics Faculty, Clinical Science Center, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA
  • Fuzhong Xue, PhD, Professor, Core facility in Biostatistics, Department of Public Health, Shandong University, China

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Photo: Thomas Carlgren

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Academic title

Docent, PhD