Lars Nyberg is employed at Umeå University and in addition to the two professorships, he has a number of assignments, including being director of the Wallenberg Center for Molecular Medicine at Umeå University (WCMM), director of the Umeå Center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI) and head of the Betula project, which is a long-term study of aging, memory and health. He is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has been a visiting professor in Bergen, Norway and is still involved in an EU project in Oslo called Lifebrain.
Five years in Toronto
"I attended the psychology program here at Umeå University. Then I got into the postgraduate education and the Betula project, which is a large project, it has been going on for over 25 years. I have had it with me all the way", says Lars Nyberg.
For five years in Toronto, he focused on brain imaging techniques.
"When I came home I built a brain imaging center here, UFBI, it is now celebrating 20 years".
Lars Nyberg continues to work with functional brain imaging linked to brain functions and various memory processes.
Studies blood flow
In his research, he uses a MR scanner, among other things to study how the cerebral cortex changes as we get older.
"We do brain imaging in the MR scanner. We use it to look at the structure of the brain, you can measure the brains length and width and across, inside the path systems and the thickness of the cerebral cortex and see how it changes with aging and disease. We can also let participants perform tasks while in the scanner and study blood flow changes and see which areas of the brain are used".
The purpose is to understand how the brain works and helps us do what we do, but also to better understand why it does not work sometimes.
"In the best case, such knowledge can help people, not only the elderly in terms of memory and dementia, but also in, for example, Parkinson's disease and head injuries. These are just a few examples".
Development of research
Lars Nyberg will be visiting professor at Luleå University of Technology för two years.
"Among other things, I will work with supervision, postgraduate education and work closely with researchers on applications for research funding", he says.
He also hopes to be able to work with different types of development in education and research.