Xiao Tan


Short presentation

Dr. Tan's work focuses on behavioral and molecular factors related to sleep and their interactive role in cardio-metabolic diseases.

Publication (PubMed)



Honors, Commissions of Trust

  • Swedish Medical Research Society (SSMF) Postdoc Fellow, 2020-21
  • Åke Wibergs Stiftelse Reserach Grant, 2018,19,20
  • Fredrik och Ingrid Thuring Stiftelse Research Grant, 2018,19,20
  • the Finnish Cultural Foundation PhD Grant, 2016
  • Juho Vainio Foundation (FI) PhD Grant, 2015,16
  • Review Board Member of Rut and Arvid Wolff Memorial Foundation
  • Editorial Board Member of Chronic Disease and Translational Medicine
  • Guest Editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience, Frontiers in Epidemiology
  • Ad hoc reviewer of Diabetes Care, Sleep Med Rev, PLOS Med, Int J Epidemiol, Eur J Endocrinol, Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism, J Sleep Res etc.

Selected recent publications

  1. Tan X, van Egmond L, Chapman CD, Cedernaes J, Benedict C. Aiding sleep in type 2 diabetes mellitus: Therapeutic considerations. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2018; 6:60-68.
  2. Tan X, Benedict C. Increased risk of myocardial infarction among type 2 diabetes patients carrying the common rs10830963 variant in the MTNR1B gene. Diabetes Care 2020; 43(9): 2289-2292.
  3. Tan X, Sundström J, Lind L, Franzon K, Kilander L, Benedict C. Reverse dipping of systolic blood pressure is associated with increased dementia risk in older men - a longitudinal study over 24 years. Hypertension 2021, 77 (4): 1383-1390.
  4. Tan X, Chapman CD, Cedernaes J, Benedict C. Association between long sleep duration and increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes: A review of possible mechanisms. Sleep Med Rev. 2018;40:127-134.
  5. Tan X, van Egmond L, Cedernaes J, Benedict C. The role of exercise-induced peripheral factors in sleep regulation. Mol Metab. 2020;42:101096.
  6. Tan X, Ciuculete DM, Schiöth HB, Benedict C. Associations between chronotype, MTNR1B genotype, and risk of type 2 diabetes in UK Biobank. J Intern Med. 2020; 287:189-196.
  7. Tan X, Benedict C. Does the Common Type 2 Diabetes-Susceptibility Variant in the MTNR1B Gene Matter for Glycemic Control Among Patients on Antidiabetic Pharmacotherapy? Mayo Clin Proc. 2021 May;96(5):1372-1374.
  8. Tan X, Lebedeva A, Åkerstedt T, Wang HX. Sleep mediates the association between stress at work and incident dementia: study from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2022 May 4:glac104.
  9. Tan X, Benedict C. Sleep characteristics and HbA1c in patients with type 2 diabetes on glucose-lowering medication. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2020 Aug;8(1):e001702.
  10. Tan X, Lind L, Ingelsson M, Sundström J, Cedernaes J, Benedict C. Self-reported difficulty initiating sleep and early morning awakenings are associated with nocturnal diastolic non-dipping in older white Swedish men. Sci Rep. 2020 Aug 7;10(1):13355.
  11. Tan X, van Egmond L, Partinen M, Lange T, Benedict C. A narrative review of interventions for improving sleep and reducing circadian disruption in medical inpatients. Sleep Med. 2019 Jul;59:42-50.
  12. Tan X, Cedernaes J, Risérus U, Benedict C. Lack of association between self-reported insomnia symptoms and clamp-derived insulin sensitivity in elderly men. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Apr;102:256-260.
  13. Tan X, Titova OE, Lindberg E, Elmståhl S, Lind L, Schiöth HB, Benedict C. Association Between Self-Reported Sleep Duration and Body Composition in Middle-Aged and Older Adults. J Clin Sleep Med. 2019 Mar 15;15(3):431-435.
  14. Tan X, Cedernaes J, Forsberg LA, Schiöth HB, Benedict C. Self-reported sleep disturbances and prostate cancer morbidity and mortality in Swedish men: A longitudinal study over 40 years. J Sleep Res. 2018 Dec;27(6):e12708.
  15. Tan X, Cook JD, Cedernaes J, Benedict C. Consumer sleep trackers: a new tool to fight the hidden epidemic of obstructive sleep apnoea? Lancet Respir Med. 2019 Dec;7(12):1012.
  16. Wu J, Tan X. The role of MTNR1B polymorphism on circadian rhythm-related cancer: A UK Biobank cohort study. Int J Cancer. 2022 Apr 25. doi: 10.1002/ijc.34047.


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