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.
Research projects or activities include the following:
- BETA-PD: Balance Elderly Training and Activity in Parkinson’s disease
- Falls in traumatic spinal cord injury – A Swedish - Norwegian, cohort study.
- Traumatic spinal cord injuries etiology, clinical characteristics and mortality in an international perspective
- Preoperativ exercise - Better in Better out.
- Adults living with spina bifida -Physical function and cognitive impairments
- Effects on functioning and immune markers of a highly challenging balance training program (HiBalance) specific to multiple sclerosis – a randomized controlled study
Elisabeth Rydwik, Associate professor
Lena Nilsson Wikmar, Professor
Kirsti Skavberg-Roaldsen, Associate professor
Niklas Löfgren, Postdoc
Linda Rennie, PhD student
Conran Joseph, Postdoc
Breiffni Leavy, Postdoc
Emelie Karlsson, PhD student
Hanna Johansson, PhD student
Martina Bendt, PhD Student
Tobias Holmlund, PhD Student
Malin Freidle, PhD Student
Andreas Wallin, PhD Student
Petra Koski, research assistant
David Conradsson, PhD
Inka Löwenmark, PhD
Vivien Jörgensen, PhD
Håkan Nero, PhD
Caroline Forsell, Postdoc
Collaborators and partners
European Network for Action on Aging and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA)
Karolinska Institutet (IMM, NVS, Clinical Neuroscience)
Karolinska University Hospital
Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, TNO
Rehabstation Stockholm och Spinalis
University of Oslo
Oslo Metropolitan University
South General Hospital, Stockholm
Ersta Hospital, Stockholm
The Swedish research council
Erasmus Action 2 for South Africa (European Commission)
EU- operating grants
National School in Health Care Sciences
Stockholm County Council research funds
StratNeuro, Karolinska Institutet
Swedish Parkinson foundation
Parkinson research foundation
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.
BMC Neurol 2017 Feb;17(1):27
High incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: A prospective study of risk indicators.
J Rehabil Med 2017 Jan;49(2):144-151
Pre- and unplanned walking turns in Parkinson's disease - Effects of dopaminergic medication.
Neuroscience 2017 01;341():18-26
Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and its Association with Balance, Physical Function and Dyskinesia in Parkinson's Disease.
J Parkinsons Dis 2016 10;6(4):833-840
Depressive symptoms associated with concerns about falling in Parkinson's disease.
Brain Behav 2016 10;6(10):e00524
Factors Associated With Recurrent Falls in Individuals With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: A Multicenter Study.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2016 11;97(11):1908-1916
Joseph, C., Mji, G., Mlenzana, N., De Wet, C., Statham, S., & Rhoda, A. (2013). Changes in activity limitations and predictors of functional outcome of patients with spinal cord injury following in-patient rehabilitation. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 69(1), 47-53.
Effects of a physical and nutritional intervention program for frail elderly people over age 75. A randomized controlled pilot treatment trial.
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.
PLoS ONE 2013 ;8(7):e70471