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About me

I have a background in investigative sociology and insurance medicine, and I have worked part-time in various research projects since 1994.

I head together with Associate Professor Eva Skillgate, Unit of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, IMM a research group: Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Epidemiology Center (MUSIC), where Associate Professor Skillgate is the formal research group leader. The group consists of persons from various professions with interest in musculoskeletal health and sports medicine, such as naprapaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and medical doctors. We have access to extensive high quality research data from cohort studies, and clinical randomized trials. See further under Research Project MUSIC:

I have international research collaboration especially with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada, where I also have a position as Assistant Professor –status only. Other universities in my research collaborations are ACICR at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Toronto, Canada, Department of Clinical Biomechanics, Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Danmark,  ISPED School of Public Health, Université Segalen, Bordeaux, Frankrike, and New York University NY, USA.  I collaborate with national reserach groups, mainly with Occuipational and Environmental Medicine at Uppsala University, Uppsala.  


Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2012

Doctor in Medical Science (Epidemiology), Karolinska Institutet, 2007 Doctoral thesis: ”Epidemiological Aspects on Pain in Whiplash-Associated Disorders”. Main supervisor Professor Anders Ahlbom

Bachelor of Art (BA) Investigative Sociology, Stockholm University, 2003

Research description

My research is largely conducted within MUSIC; see above.

My research is focused on risk and prognostic factors in musculoskeletal disorders, especially neck- and back pain. Also consequences of neck pain and brain concussion following traffic injuries belong to my research areas, as well as risk factors for sick leave. A topic of special interest is the influence of person´s health expectations on recovery. I am also co-responsible for projects in Sports Medicine; see below.

The largest project I am currently heading include a follow-up approximately 9,000 employees in the public sector. The aims are to assess the protective effect of good health, life style and good work environmental with respect to sick spell over a 10-12 years period. Another aim is to investigate if work environmental- and life-style factors influence the decision when to take retirement pension.

Other projects are to study sleep-disturbances as a prognostic factor in persons with neck/back pain following a traffic collision and as risk factor for onset of neck/back pain in the general population.

In international collaboration and by using qualitative methods, we also seek to, increase the understanding in how patients with muskuloskeletal disorders, form their expectations on recovery from such disorders.


European Spine Society RTF


Ongoing Projects.


Randomized controlled trials of interventions

  • Manual Intervention Trial -MINT-study

Investigate the treatment effect of different combinations of manual therapy within naprapathy, and adverse effects of the treatment. Data from the study is also used to identify prognostic factors,


  • Manual Intervention Stockholm Neck Trial STONE-study

In collaboration with University of Ontario Institute of Technology, to evaluate the effect of massage and physical exercise in patients with sub-acute and long-lasting neck pain, and to study the course of neck pain. Data will also be used to identify prognostic factors and to perform health economic evaluation, comparing the different intervention regimes.

Cohorts studies of risk and prognostic factors for neck, back and/or should pain and cerebral concussion

  • Stockholm Public Health Cohort – a follow-up study within Stockholm County

Research questions:

Is healthy lifestyle of importance for onset of neck/back pain in the general population?
Is healthy lifestyle of importance for the prognosis of neck/back pain in the general population?
Are sleep deprivations a risk factor for neck/back pain in the general population?


  • Swedish Traffic Injury Cohort (STRIKS)  - a follow- up study of injuries following motor vehicle collisions (MVC)

Research questions:

What is the importance of post-traumatic stress for the recovery from neck/back pain following MVC?
What factors are of importance for recovery from posttraumatic stress in association with to bodily injuries following MVC?
Is time of pian onset of importance for the prognosis of neck pain following MVC?
What is the prognostic value of sleep deprivations in persons with acute neck back pain following MVC?
Is it possible to, with acceptable certainty, predict what persons with posttraumatic headache following an MVC, have a less favorable outcome?

  • Karolinska Handball Study – KHAST study

A project with the purpose to increase the knowledge about injuries and functional status in shoulder/shoulder joint in young elite handball players. A cohort of 400 players. 15-17 years of age attending handball profile d high schools in Sweden, are followed for two seasons with respect to shoulder injuries, training and match.  


  • Sustainable Health in Municipalities and Counties- HaKuL – project. 10-12 years follow up with respect to sick spell and age when retired

A follow up of approximately 9,000 persons employed by the public sector in Sweden. The objective is to investigate the importance of good health and lifestyle factors and good psychosocial work environment for decreased risk of sick spell over a period of 10-12 years. An additional objective is to investigate if work factors and lifestyle factors influences the decision of when to take retirement pension in this study population. Answers from extensive questionnaire from the years 2000-2003 from the baseline in this project and the outcomes are low/non sick absenteeism and age at the time of retirement pension, respectively.  

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