JCI News Doctor Miia Kivipelto of Finland selected as one of the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For her extraordinary work in health research and improving the quality of life among the elderly, Dr. Miia Kivipelto of Finland was named a 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of medical innovation. Valedictorian of her medical school class, Dr. Miia Kivipelto started as a research doctor investigating lifestyle-related and vascular risk factors associated with impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was affected by Alzheimer’s on a personal level as she watched her grandmother’s health and memory slowly deteriorate. This motivated her to beat her own genetic odds and save other patients and their families from similar suffering. Dr. Kivipelto leads a variety of research teams in both Finland and Stockholm, Sweden studying the combined effect of the environment and genes on memory loss. She developed the Nordic Brain Network, which has increased the utilization of resources for and improved the exchange of information about aging and its associated medical challenges. Dr. Kivipelto’s medical work has shown that an improvement in quality of life through exercise, healthy eating and mental and social activity can reduce one’s risk of falling ill with age. Through seminars, speaking at universities and media interviews, she shares her research with her peers, the public and policy makers around the world. Dr. Kivipelto has dedicated her career to adding years to one’s life while also adding life to those years. She empowers others to seize their opportunity to live a long, healthy life by protecting their mind and body. JCI TOYP JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts in their communities. These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2011 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Wednesday, November 2 at the JCI World Congress in Brussels, Belgium. About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. Visit www.jci.cc to learn more. Contact: Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International) programs@jci.cc
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