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Franzén group

Research focus is on translational research from exploring neuronal mechanisms to clinical interventions/implementation in the field of neurological and geriatric rehabilitation. Our areas of special interest are balance control, exercise, physical activity and falls in elderly, individuals with Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury.

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Research projects/activities

Research projects/activities include the following:

Group leader

Erika Franzen

Senior lecturer/physcial therapist
H1.Fysioterapi.Franzen
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Group members

Martina Bendt, PhD Student

Emelie Butler Forslund, PhD

Malin Freidle, PhD Student

Tobias Holmlund, PhD 

Hanna Johansson, PhD student

Sverker Johansson, docent

Conran Joseph, postdoc

Emelie Karlsson, PhD student

Petra Koski, research assistant

Breiffni Leavy, postdoc

Niklas Löfgren, postdoc

Elisabeth Rydwik, docent

Linda Rennie, PhD student

Kirsti Skavberg-Roaldsen, docent

Andreas Wallin, PhD Student

Former members

David Conradsson, PhD

Caroline Forsell, postdoc

Vivien Jörgensen, PhD

Inka Löwenmark, PhD

Håkan Nero, PhD

Collaborators and partners, financial support

We have several collaborators on local, national and international levels.

Click here for a list of collaborators and partners, including financial support.

Selected scientific publications

Evaluation and implementation of highly challenging balance training in clinical practice for people with Parkinson's disease: protocol for the HiBalance effectiveness-implementation trial.
Leavy B, Kwak L, Hagströmer M, Franzén E
BMC Neurol 2017 Feb;17(1):27

Falls and fear of falling predict future falls and related injuries in ambulatory individuals with spinal cord injury: a longitudinal observational study.
Jørgensen V, Butler Forslund E, Opheim A, Franzén E, Wahman K, Hultling C, et al
J Physiother 2017 04;63(2):108-113

Monitoring training activity during gait-related balance exercise in individuals with Parkinson's disease: a proof-of-concept-study.
Conradsson D, Nero H, Löfgren N, Hagströmer M, Franzén E
BMC Neurol 2017 Jan;17(1):19

High incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: A prospective study of risk indicators.
Forslund EB, Jørgensen V, Franzén E, Opheim A, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, et al
J Rehabil Med 2017 Jan;49(2):144-151

Pre- and unplanned walking turns in Parkinson's disease - Effects of dopaminergic medication.
Conradsson D, Paquette C, Lökk J, Franzén E
Neuroscience 2017 01;341():18-26

Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and its Association with Balance, Physical Function and Dyskinesia in Parkinson's Disease.
Nero H, Benka Wallén M, Franzén E, Conradsson D, Ståhle A, Hagströmer M
J Parkinsons Dis 2016 10;6(4):833-840

"Pushing the Limits": Rethinking Motor and Cognitive Resources After a Highly Challenging Balance Training Program for Parkinson Disease.
Leavy B, Roaldsen KS, Nylund K, Hagströmer M, Franzén E
Phys Ther 2017 01;97(1):81-89

Investigating the Mini-BESTest's construct validity in elderly with Parkinson's disease.
Löfgren N, Benka Wallén M, Sorjonen K, Conradsson D, Franzén E
Acta Neurol. Scand. 2017 Jun;135(6):614-621

Depressive symptoms associated with concerns about falling in Parkinson's disease.
Franzén E, Conradsson D, Hagströmer M, Nilsson MH
Brain Behav 2016 10;6(10):e00524

Factors Associated With Recurrent Falls in Individuals With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: A Multicenter Study.
Jørgensen V, Butler Forslund E, Franzén E, Opheim A, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, et al
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2016 11;97(11):1908-1916

Concerns about falling in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury--validation of the Swedish version of the spinal cord injury falls concern scale.
Butler Forslund E, Roaldsen KS, Hultling C, Wahman K, Franzén E
Spinal Cord 2016 Feb;54(2):115-9

The Effects of Highly Challenging Balance Training in Elderly With Parkinson's Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Conradsson D, Löfgren N, Nero H, Hagströmer M, Ståhle A, Lökk J, et al
Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2015 Oct;29(9):827-36

Translation and validation of the Swedish version of the mini-BESTest in subjects with Parkinson's disease or stroke: a pilot study.
Bergström M, Lenholm E, Franzén E
Physiother Theory Pract 2012 Oct;28(7):509-14

Is highly challenging and progressive balance training feasible in older adults with Parkinson's disease?
Conradsson D, Löfgren N, Ståhle A, Franzén E
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014 May;95(5):1000-3

A novel conceptual framework for balance training in Parkinson's disease-study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
Conradsson D, Löfgren N, Ståhle A, Hagströmer M, Franzén E
BMC Neurol 2012 Sep;12():111

Is active sitting as active as we think?
Grooten WJ, Conradsson D, Äng BO, Franzén E
Ergonomics 2013 ;56(8):1304-14

Changes in activity limitations and predictors of functional outcome of patients with spinal cord injury following in-patient rehabilitation.
Joseph, C., Mji, G., Mlenzana, N., De Wet, C., Statham, S., & Rhoda, A. (2013).
South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 69(1), 47-53

Effects of physical training on physical performance in institutionalised elderly patients (70+) with multiple diagnoses.
Rydwik E, Frändin K, Akner G
Age Ageing 2004 Jan;33(1):13-23

Aspects of reliability and validity of the Swedish version of the Self-Efficacy for Exercise Scale for older people.
Rydwik E, Hovmöller F, Boström C
Physiother Theory Pract 2014 Feb;30(2):131-7

Effects of a physical and nutritional intervention program for frail elderly people over age 75. A randomized controlled pilot treatment trial.
Rydwik E, Lammes E, Frändin K, Akner G
Aging Clin Exp Res 2008 Apr;20(2):159-70

Is midlife occupational physical activity related to disability in old age? The SNAC-Kungsholmen study.
Rydwik E, Welmer AK, Angleman S, Fratiglioni L, Wang HX
PLoS ONE 2013 ;8(7):e70471