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About me

I am a full professor in Physiotherapy since 2006, a registered physiotherapist since 1978 and formally specialised in physiotherapy in rheumatology since 1996. I have my clinical appointment at the Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Rheumatology. In 1999 I started my own research group with main focus on Physical Activity and Health in Rheumatic Disease.

I am the director of the Strateic Research Area Health Care Science at KI/Umeå University and a foreign adjunct professor at Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam College of Physiotherapy, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, India.


University diploma, Physiotherapy, Lund University, 1978

Doctoral degree, Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 1993

Associate Professor (docent), Physiotherapy in Rheumatology, Karolinska Institutet, 1999


Research description

My research mainly focuses physical activity and exercise in the rheumatic diseases in intervention studies and implementation studies, development and adaptation of assessment methods and exploration of patients’ and care givers’ perspectives on physical activity. Studies on physical activity effects on mechanisms behind systemic and local inflammation, pain modulation and cardiovascular function are performed in collaboration with specilists in these areas. The research is translational and multiprofessional and performed in collaboration with researchers from multiple universities in Sweden and abroad.

Teaching portfolio

I am currently teaching 5-10% of full time, mainly by supervising and examining students performing their Bachelor theses or Master theses within the KI Physiotherapy program. I have previously been teaching at all levels at eight Swedish universities and in the USA, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and India. I have developed and administered courses withing the KI Physiotherapy program and written textbook (chapter)s and other teaching materials in Swedish and English.

I am regularly invited by clinics and professional organizations to teach within my area of research and clinical experience. 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

- Distinguished Scholar Award, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, USA 2002

- Nanna Svartz prize in Clinical Rheumatology Research, Pfizer/Swedish Rheumatology Association, 2004

- Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award, Association of Rheumatology Health professionals, USA, 2016

- Honorary membership of European League Against Rheumatism, 2017

- Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Rheumatology Health professionals, USA, 2018


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