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About me

I am a full professor in Physiotherapy since 2006, a registered physiotherapist since 1978 and formally specialised in physiotherapy in rheumatology since 1996. I have my clinical appointment at the Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Rheumatology. In 1999 I started my own research group with main focus on Physical Activity and Health in Rheumatic Disease.

I am the current vice president of the European League Against Rheumatism ( with Health Professional members in 23 European countries.

I am the chair of the Postgraduate School in Health Care Sciences at KI and director of the Strateic Research Area Health Care Research at KI/Umeå University.

I have strong iasons with patient organizations, i.e. the Swedish Rheumatism Association and People with Arthritis and Rheumatism in Europe (PARE) and engage in projects regarding Patient Research Partners, World Arthritis Day and the PARE Annual Conference.


University diploma, Physiotherapy, Lund University, 1978

Doctoral degree, Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 1993

Associate Professor (docent), Physiotherapy in Rheumatology, Karolinska Institutet, 1999


Research description

My research mainly focuses physical activity and exercise in the rheumatic diseases in intervention studies and implementation studies, development and adaptation of assessment methods and exploration of patients’ and care givers’ perspectives on physical activity. Studies on physical activity effects on mechanisms behind systemic and local inflammation, pain modulation and cardiovascular function are performed in collaboration with specilists in these areas. The research is translational and multiprofessional and performed in collaboration with researchers from multiple universities in Sweden and abroad.

Teaching portfolio

I am currently teaching 5-10% of full time, mainly by supervising and examining students performing their Bachelor theses or Master theses within the Physiotherapy program. I have previously been teaching at all levels at eight Swedish universities and in the USA, Italy, the Netherlands and India. I have developed and administered courses withing the Physiotherapy program and written textbook (chapter)s and other teaching materials in Swedish and English.

I am regularly invited by clinics and professional organizations to teach within my area of research and clinical experience. 

Academic honors, awards and prizes

- Distinguished Scholar Award, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, USA 2002

- Nanna Svartz prize in Clinical Rheumatology Research, Pfizer/Swedish Rheumatology Association, 2004

- Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award, Association of Rheumatology Health professionals, USA, 2016


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