Elisabet Rothenberg
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Elisabet Rothenberg, registered dietitian and assistant professor in the department of health sciences at the University of Kristianstad, where she has been employed since 2014. In 1997, she defended her dissertation at Gothenburg University on the subject ”Nutrition in the elderly. Dietary intake and dietary assessment methods”. Prior to her current role, she was Chief Dietitian (1997-2010) and worked as an Operational Developer focusing on patient safety at Sahlgrenska Hospital. In addition, Elisabet has extensive experience of clinical work within elderly care.


Since 2016, Elisabet has been chairman of SWESPEN  https://www.swespen.se/ , the Swedish branch of the European Nutrition Organization ESPEN (European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism).  She is also a member of the ESPEN council https://www.espen.org/  and participates in the development of guidelines for clinical nutrition.


Elisabet has a senior role in the Swedish Dietitian Organization (DRF), an organisation she chaired for 16 years. She is an active participant in the European Federation of Dietitians' Associations (EFAD) http://www.efad.org/en-us/home/  work and in the international expert group for an American dietitian organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) https://www.eatright.org/  work with SNOMED CT https://www.snomed.org/ .


Elisabet’s subject of research is in the field of Geriatric Nutrition: Energy & Nutritional requirements and body composition, in relation to health during aging. Elisabet is active in the research group Center for Aging and Health (Age Cap) https://www.gu.se/en/agecap  where she studies the connection between nutrition, body composition and physical function from the database provided by the Gothenburg H70 birth cohort studies.


Currently, Elisabet is responsible for the Forte-funded project “Senior alert - a means for better care in collaboration (SeSAM) https://www.senioralert.se/forskning/sesam/ .

During a period of four years, the research group will conduct four sub-studies to study factors that build support and obstacles for “Senior alert”. The aim of the project is to develop an efficient and powerful care prevention process and model which promotes successful collaboration between different stakeholders.

The project is funded under Forte’s division "Care and care in collaboration - for an equal, participatory and dignified aging in 2021".


Expert appointments:

  • EFAD (European Federation of Associations of Dietitians) expert of malnutrition 2010-
  • Expert group food and health, Swedish National food administration 2008 -
  • National Guidelines for disease prevention, The National Board of Health and Welfare 2008-2010
  • Expert, Nutrition for good health and social care. For The National Board of Health and Welfare 2009-2011
  • Disease related malnutrition, The National Board of Health and Welfare 2009-2011
  • Expert scientific evidence in the subject area "Special nutritional needs of frail older adults". The National Food Agency 2010
  • Senior Alert quality register, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions 2010-
  • The Swedish Higher Education Authority, evaluation higher education within nutrition 2013 – 2014
  • JRC Science for policy report Feasibility study on adults Ispra, 23rd-24th October 2014
  • Scientific advisory board for the platform for Collaboration for Health, Kristianstad University 2016-
  • Affiliation Clinical Nutrition, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm 2016-2020
  • Expert revision of Nutrition for good health and social care. For The National Board of Health and Welfare 2016-2017
  • Expert updating and supplementing scientific evidence in the subject area "Special nutritional needs of frail older adults". The National Food Agency 2016
  • Expert evaluating Project Proposal for the Czech Research Council 2016
  • Member of the Scientific board Research Platform for Collaboration for Health. Kristianstad University 2016-2021 Including review research proposals and applications for positions as doctoral students.
  • Expert reviewer University Lecturer (ORU 2.2.1-02345/2017)  School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Meal Science, Örebro University 2017
  • Expert Nutrition terminology. For The National Board of Health and Welfare 2019
  • Expert reviewer University Lecturer (UFV-PA 2018/4317),   Department of food studies, nutrition and dietetics, Uppsala University 2019
  • Scientific Council The National Board of Health and Welfare: Clinical Nutrition, Malnutrition and Older Adults 2019-
  • Leading quality evaluation of the master program in Integrated Health Science, Kristianstad University, 2020
  • Expert reviewer, Professor in Nutrition Karolinska Institutet, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (Reference number 2-671/2019) 2021. 18 applicants
  • Elector, the assembly and member of the Nomination Committee for the Swedish Research Council of Health, Working life and Welfare
  • Expert reviewer, Associate Senior Lecturer in Medical Research Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, (Reference number PA 2021/2521) 2021



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Antal artiklar                                              55                    77

H-index                         27                         23                    25

I10-index                      48                              

Citations                     4984                       2521             



88 Abstracts

77 Peer reviewed papers

46 Text book chapters

91 Audiovisual material, reports, information material and web pages

38 Popular Science and Newspaper articles

2 Reviews

1 Editorial

2 Scientific reports for The National Board of Health and Welfare in collaboration with other authors  

2 Scientific reports for National Food Agency

1 Scientific report the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC)

1 Scientific report RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB



Reviewed 91 papers for 31 different peer-reviewed journals


Editoria board

Dietist Aktuellt 2004 - 2019

Guest editor Nutrients 2020



4 Textbooks



Currently I have a position as assistant professor at Kristianstad University at department of Food and Meal Science with responsibility for the part of the education within food and meal science concerning nutrition and health. 


I have been president of the Swedish Association of Clinical Dietitians for 16 years. I have an assignment as president in SWESPEN the Swedish branch of the European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. I also lead of a specialist network of geriatric dietitians in Europe on the behalf of the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD). I am a member of the National Food Agencys´ expert group on nutrition and public health and expert in The National Board of Health and Welfare project studying the scientific evidence for hospital diets.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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