Alexander Frizell Santillo

affiliated with the university, MD, PhD, researcherKnown as name: Alexander Santillo

Research areas and keywords


  • dementia, frontotemporal dementia, schizophrenia, insula, thalamus


The goal of my research is to gain a better understanding of frontotemporal dementia and schizophrenia. Despite obvious differences between the conditions (the former is neurodegenerative, the latter neurodevelopmental), there are large similarities from a neuroanatomical standpoint. My strategy is to study two key anatomical regions (the thalamus and the insula), and through this get a better understanding of etiology, disease progress, diagnostics, etc., with the overarching goal to find better treatment options. Methodologically, I work with brain imaging (MRI), postmortem morphology, and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers. 


I teach medical students, biomedicine students, psychologists, and speech pathologist at the medical faculty on the subjects of dementia, frontotemporal dementia in particular, and schizophrenia

Recent research outputs

Chengai Xu, Carl M. Sellgren, Helena Fatouros-Bergman, Fredrik Piehl, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg, Ann Brinkmalm, Alexander Frizell Santillo, Sofia Lundgren, Simon Cervenka, Göran Engberg, Sophie Erhardt & Karolinska Schizophrenia Project (KaSP) Consortium Karolinska Schizophrenia Project (KaSP) Consortium, 2020 Jun, In: IBRO Reports. 8, p. 136-142 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nicola Spotorno, Olof Lindberg, Christer Nilsson, Maria Landqvist Waldo, Danielle Van Westen, Karin Nilsson, Susanna Vestberg, Elisabet Englund, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Jimmy Latt, Nilsson Markus, Wahlund Lars-Olof & Santillo Alexander, 2020, In: PLoS ONE. 15, 10 October, e0236384.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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