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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 , 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  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)  work and in the international expert group for an American dietitian organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)  work with SNOMED CT .

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)  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) .

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".

 Doctoral degree

Thesis (1997-06-02): Nutrition in the elderly. Dietary Intake and Dietary Assessment Methods. avdelningen för geriatrisk medicin och klinisk nutrition, medicinska fakulteten, Göteborgs universitet. Supervisors: Professor Bertil Steen MD, Med.Dr. and Ingvar Bosaeus MD, Med.Dr.

Docent-level comptence

Clinical Nutrition, Sahlgrenska Acadmy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, 2012

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
  • Expert reviewer, Associate Senior Lecturer in Medical Research Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, (Reference number PA 2021/2521) 2021
  • Elector, the electors assembly and member of the Nomination Committee for the Swedish Research Council of Health, Working life and Welfare 2021
  • Led the work on evaluating the application for a new dietitian education program from Linnaeus University the Swedish Higher Education Authority 2023
  • Member of the professional advisory group for the doctoral program Intergrated sustainability into nutrition care (InSyNC), financed by Forte


95 Abstracts, peer reviewed

69 Original papers, peer reviewed

14 Review articles, peer reviews

2  Editorials

6  Text book chapters in English

40 Text book chapters including comple text books

91 Audiovisual material, reports, information material and web pages

18 Reports and other scientific works

7  Instruction material

45 Popular Science and Newspaper articles

Publications at Gothenburg Univeristy,contains,Elisabet%20Rothenberg&tab=default_tab&search_scope=default_scope&vid=46GUB_VU1&lang=sv_SE&offset=0

Five most cited papers 230804

ESPEN guidelines on definitions and terminology of clinical nutrition

Cederholm, TBarazzoni, R; (...); Singer, P

Feb 2017 | CLINICAL NUTRITION 36 (1) , pp.49-64  Citations 1045

An 18-year follow-up of overweight and risk of Alzheimer disease

Gustafson, DRothenberg, E; (...); Skoog, I

Jul 14 2003 | ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE 163 (13) , pp.1524-1528 Citations 598


Insufficient nutritional knowledge among health care workers?

Mowe, MBosaeus, I; (...); Irtun, O

Apr 2008 | CLINICAL NUTRITION 27 (2) , pp.196-202 Citations 166


Body mass index, weight change and mortality in the elderly. A 15y longitudinal population study of 70y olds

Dey, DKRothenberg, E; (...); Steen, B

Jun 2001 | EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 55 (6) , pp.482-492  Citations 154


Height and body weight in the elderly. I. A 25-year longitudinal study of a population aged 70 to 95 years

Dey, DKRothenberg, E; (...); Steen, B

Dec 1999 | EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION 53 (12) , pp.905-914 Citations 109


Skin wrinkling: Can food make a difference?

Purba, MBKouris-Blazos, A; (...); Wahlqvist, ML

Feb 2001 | JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NUTRITION 20 (1) , pp.71-80 Citations 66


Reviewed 99 papers for 35 different peer-reviewed journals

Member of an editorial board

Dietist Aktuellt 2004 – 2019

Froniters in Nutrition 22-

Guest editor

I vården 2010 theme Geriatric Nutrition

Nutrients 2021 theme Health promotion in a life span perspective

Clinical Nutrition Open Science 2022 theme Body and mind in ageing – what is the role of nutrition?

Member of the reviewer board

Nutrients 2000

Scientific collaboration

Nationally, in Sweden, I am working with:

- The Age-Cap group lead by (PI) professor Ingemar Skoog, Gothenburg University.

- SeSam, a Forte financed research project, in conjunction with professor Helle Wijk, Annette Erichsen Andersson, Gothenburg University, PhD Martina Boström, Region Jönköping; Associate professor Åsa Larsson Ranada, Head of Unit Occupation Therapy, Department Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences (HMV), Linköping University; PhD Pia Skott, Folktandvården Stockholm.

- MEAL, a research group at Kristianstad University, lead by Karin Wendin professor in Food and Meal Science.

- Frail older adults (NAG Skörhet), a national working group lead by Med Dr Anne Ekdal, with the aims of writing a scoping review over various frailty instruments.

- Regional care program dysphagia, Regions Skåne

My international collaborations involves:

- A project on Maluntrition, financed by the international Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, with professor Tommy Cederholm, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Angelo Modica, Sr medical advisor at Pfizer, Lars Lindhagen Uppsala Research Center, Uppsala University and the international team at Pfizer.

- PG-SGA evaluation, together with Harriët Jager-Wittenaar, PhD, RD Professor of Malnutrition and Healthy Ageing Coordinator Research Group Healthy Ageing, Allied Health Care and Nursing Hanze University. Further participatates in this project also involves researchers from Uppsala University Elin Löwestam PhD, Ylva Orrevall PhD, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, and Sandra Einarsson, PhD Department of Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science, Umeå University.

- Multiple collaborations within ESPEN with the purpose of establishing various nutritional guide lines.

- Currently, I am working in a project to update the ESPEN nutritional guidelines for dementia lead by Professor. Dr. Dorothee Volkert, Institute for Biomedicine of Aging. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.





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