Björn Äng

Björn Äng

Affiliated to Research | Docent
Visiting address: ANA 23 (B3), 14183 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Fysioterapi Grooten, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • *Björn Äng - Associate Professor at the Department of Neurobiology, Care
    Science and Society*
    Björn gained his degree in physiotherapy from Karolinska Institutet in 2001,
    and he defended his PhD in 2007, titled "NECK PAIN IN THE AIR FORCE - On Risk
    Factors, Neck Motor Function and an Exercise Intervention".
    Between 2001 and 2003 he was a university lecturer at Karolinska Institutet,
    and he worked clinically with the focus on neck and shoulder pain problems.
    From 2004 to 2007 he fulfilled his PhD-studies, worked as a lecturer and in
    2009 he becomes a senior lecturer at KI. In 2012 he becomes an associate
    At date, Björn supervises doctoral candidates and post-docs, he leads
    several research projects including commissioned research, and was the head
    of his research group until 2016 when he moved to Falun with his family for a
    position as Head of the Centre for Clinical Research - Dalarna (still
    affiliated to KI). Björns teaching expertise concerns various aspects of
    exercise science, movement control and biomechanics.
    * 2010 For best paper published in 2009 in the area of Aviation Medicine,
    The Aerospace Medical Association (Phoenix 2010).
    * 2008 – 2012 Elected member to the Board of Education, Deputy Chairman of
    the International Committee.
    * 2000 Best educational presentation, Medicine National Conference
    Higher education qualification(s) (1p = 1.5 ECTS-credits/weeks)
    * 2007, Med Dr, Physiotherapy (Karolinska Institutet).
    * 2000 - 2002 Medical teacher, Karolinska Institutet, 25p
    * 2000 - 2001 Master of Science, Medical Science, 160p total
    * 1997 - 2000 Physiotherapy Diploma, Bachelor’s degree 120p
    * 1992 - 1994 Sports Management training, 80p
    Educations/courses (1p = 1.5 ECTS-credits/weeks)
    * 2011 Project Management for Research Manager/Leaders
    * 2011 Research supervision Education (part 2)
    * 2008 Research for Supervisors Education (part 1)
    * 2001 - 2002 Advanced course in physiotherapy 20p
    * 1997 Pedagogy, Linköping University 15p
    * 1996 Sociology, University of Linköping 20p


  • My existing and ongoing research reflects recurrent and chronic pain
    conditions in various occupations / groups using different study
    methodologies. Published papers include epidemiological results, validity
    processes, objective measures of movement and motor control, and RCTs on
    interventional effects focusing on physical activity and exercise. Several of
    these papers concerns populations exposed to extreme physical environments,
    e.g. air force pilots, marine soldiers and elite skydivers. I have learned
    that research built on accumulated or translational results generated in
    interprofessional teams is crucial, and one of my RCTs that were built on
    such an approach was awarded the Joseph L. Haley Writing Award for the best
    paper published in the area of Aviation Medicine (U.S. Army Aviation Medical
    Association, Phoenix, 2010). The future in my research will mainly concern
    bio-psycho-social processes involved in musculoskeletal pain and
    interventional advances devoted to improved health and physical performance.
    This hopefully includes issues related to individual and societal
    opportunities and actions to prevent illness and maintain good health through
    physical activity and movement.


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2012
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2007
  • Master Of Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 2001
  • Bachelor Of Science In Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, 2000
  • Bachelor Of Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 2000

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