Margaret Gatz ’66 Honored by Karolinska Institutet in Sweden
Publication Date: 7/20/2011
Margaret Gatz ’66 has been made an honorary Doctor of Medicine by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Every year, Karolinska Institutet awards honorary doctorates to individuals who have made vital contributions to the university.
Gatz has taught there since 2000, and her ongoing research has influenced an entire generation of scientists in the fields of aging and the epidemiology of neurodegenerative disease, psychiatric epidemiology and clinical psychology.
In addition, Gatz has devoted many years to the Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Ageing (SATSA). It is to her credit that SATSA came to include measures of depression and dementia, which led to the Swedish dementia study based on the twin registry.
That study alone has generated over 100 publications and entirely new knowledge of how heredity and environment influence the risk of Alzheimer´s disease and other dementia diseases.