I am a physiotherapist and an associate professor at Karolinska Institutet, affiliated to Karolinska Universitty Hospital and Stockholms sjukhem. I have currently a four year research chair from the Swedish Research Council. I earned my PhD at Karoliniska Institutet and made thereafter a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Fay Horak at the Balance Disorders Laboratory at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA. I have a unique competence in both clinical and laboratory methods for measuring postural control and movement and is the principal investigator of a large randomized controlled trial on balance training in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (BETA-PD).
My research focus is on translational research from exploring neuronal mechanisms to clinical interventions in the field of neurological and geriatric rehabilitation with a special focus on balance control, exercise, physical activity and falls in elderly, individuals with Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury. See my research group.
As a member of the faculty of the physiotherapy program at Karolinska Institutet I have experience from teaching and course work on bachelor, master and doctorate level mainly concerning gait, balance and Parkinson's disease as well as supervision of students on all levels.
Academic honors, awards and prizes
Swedish research council- research associate (forskarassistenttjänst) + startup and project grant.
Chosen as the best research plan for the course, ”Academic Leadership - From New Doctorate to Senior Researcher” at Vårdalinstitutet, spring semester 2010
Vårdal stiftelsen - project grant 2015-2017
Forte - project grant 2015-2017
Swedish Parkinson Association grant
Swedish Brain fond scholarship 2007
Loo och Hans Ostermans fond 2009-2011.
Solstickan scholarship 2003
Scholarship from Gun & Bertil Stohnes stiftelse, 2001-2014.
Self-reported function and disability in late life - cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Swedish version of the late-life function and disability instrument
Disability and rehabilitation 2014;36(10):813-7
Assessing the relative and absolute reliability of the Falls Efficacy Scale-International questionnaire in elderly individuals with increased fall risk and the questionnaire's convergent validity in elderly women with osteoporosis
Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA 2013;24(6):1853-8
Is active sitting as active as we think?
Long-term effects of new progressive group balance training for elderly people with increased risk of falling - a randomized controlled trial
Clinical rehabilitation 2013;27(5):450-8
Effects of Weight-Shift Training on Balance Control and Weight Distribution in Chronic Stroke: A Pilot Study
TOPICS IN STROKE REHABILITATION 2012;19(1):23-31
Light and Heavy Touch Reduces Postural Sway and Modifies Axial Tone in Parkinson's Disease
NEUROREHABILITATION AND NEURAL REPAIR 2012;26(8):1007-14
Relative and absolute reliability of the new "Step-Ex" step-execution test in elderly people with and without balance problems
DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION 2012;34(23):1986-92
Translation and validation of the Swedish version of the mini-BESTest in subjects with Parkinson's disease or stroke: a pilot study
Physiotherapy theory and practice 2012;28(7):509-14
HAPTIC TOUCH REDUCES SWAY BY INCREASING AXIAL TONE
WALKING IN CIRCLES: NAVIGATION DEFICITS FROM PARKINSON'S DISEASE BUT NOT FROM CEREBELLAR ATAXIA
Reduced performance in balance, walking and turning tasks is associated with increased neck tone in Parkinson's disease
EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY 2009;219(2):430-8
Age-related differences in postural adjustments in connection with different tasks involving weight transfer while standing
GAIT & POSTURE 2007;26(4):508-15
Postural steadiness and weight distribution during tandem stance in healthy young and elderly adults
CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS 2005;20(2):202-8
One-leg stance in healthy young and elderly adults: a measure of postural steadiness?
CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS 2004;19(7):688-94
Does the functional reach test reflect stability limits in elderly people?
JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE 2003;35(1):26-30