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About me

I obtained my UC in Nursing from University College of Health Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden in 1985 and worked clinically for more than ten years as an RN within the academic hospital system in the Stockholm area. I have held different positions as a nurse within the fields of hematology, clinical immunology and sexually transmissible infections including HIV. As a Research Coordinator I coordinated several phase II and III clinical trials in the fields of anti-retroviral therapy and therapeutic HIV vaccines. Doing translational research within the HIV field, I completed an MSc in Chemistry at Stockholm University in 2001 and a PhD in Nursing at Karolinska Institutet in 2003. At present, I am a Docent (Associate Professor) in Care Sciences and holds a position as Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Karolinska Institutet where I am joint lead of the Division of Innovative Care Research focusing on interdiciplinary health care science research and on improving its translation into practice by linking research, education and practice. I am affiliated to the Lampic & Wettergren research group and have a clinical affiliation to the Department of Infectious Diseases at Karolinska University Hospital. Since 2013, I am also holding a part-time position as Reader in Nursing at the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London, United Kingdom.


PhD in Nursing, Karolinska Institutet, 2003

Master of Science in Chemistry, Stockholm University, 2001

University Certificate in Nursing/Registered Nurse, Stockholm University College of Health Sciences, 1985

Research description

With university degrees in both nursing and natural sciences (Chemistry), Lars' scientific profile has developed towards the branch in care science established as biobehavioural nursing research or translational nursing research. Even if there is no absolute consensus, biobehavioural nursing research could be defined as research that strives towards increased understandings of the links between biologic, behavioural and social manifestations of vulnerability and risk in different populations. Early in his research career, he combined scientific activity within nursing and biomedicine, mainly in the areas of HIV and sexual health. After the dissertation work, his research line has expanded to include studies of populations with other long-lasting or chronic conditions. He is PI for studies investigating quality of life, stigma and illness perception in children, young adults and adults with HIV infections and adults with MRSA infections. Furthermore, he is a joint PI for a translational nursing research project on the early signs of lung cancer.

Current and Recently Completed Grants / Activities

To grow up with an innate or early acquired HIV infection supported by a doctoral student grant from the National Research School of Health Care Sciences, Karolinska Institutet and a project grant from Kempe-Carlgrenska Foundation (PI).

Disease-related stigma and quality of life in people living with MRSA or HIV infection - supported by a doctoral student grant from the National Research School of Health Care Sciences, Karolinska Institutet (PI).

To live with HIV in Sweden - a national survey on commission by the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (co-investigator).

Mapping of prediagnostic health changes: development and use of an instrument to link subjective experience with clinical, metabolic and molecular changes to facilitate early detection of lung cancer - supported by the Swedish Cancer Society, the Vårdal Foundation and the Swedish Research Council (joint PI).

Life interrupted the impact of cancer on fertility and sexuality among adolescents and young adults - supported by the Swedish Cancer Society and the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (co-investigator).

Key words

Living with chronic or long-lasting conditions, Quality of life, Disease-related stigma, Sexual and reproductive health, HIV, MRSA, HPV, Cancer survivorship, Translational nursing research, Biomarker research, Symptom research, Patient reported outcomes, Surveys, Internet-based focus groups

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Docent (associate professor) in care science, Karolinska Institutet, 2009



Differential item functioning for items in Berger's HIV Stigma Scale: an analysis of cohorts from the Indian, Swedish, and US contexts
Reinius M, Rao D, Manhart Le, Wiklander M, Svedhem V, Pryor J, et al
Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation 2018;27(6):1647-1659

Predictive markers for humoral influenza vaccine response in patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
Gardulf A, Abolhassani H, Gustafson R, Eriksson Le, Hammarström L
The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 2018;():-

Sexual (Dis)satisfaction and Its Contributors Among People Living with HIV Infection in Sweden
Schönnesson Ln, Zeluf G, Garcia-huidobro D, Ross Mw, Eriksson Le, Ekström Am
Archives of sexual behavior 2018;():-

The Relationship Between Stigma and Health-Related Quality of Life in People Living with HIV Who Have Full Access to Antiretroviral Treatment: An Assessment of Earnshaw and Chaudoir's HIV Stigma Framework Using Empirical Data
Reinius M, Wiklander M, Wettergren L, Svedhem V, Eriksson Le
AIDS and behavior 2018;():-

Development of a 12-item short version of the HIV stigma scale
Reinius M, Wettergren L, Wiklander M, Svedhem V, Ekström Am, Eriksson Le
Health and quality of life outcomes 2017;15(1):115-

Feasibility of a self-help web-based intervention targeting young cancer patients with sexual problems and fertility distress
Wiklander M, Strandquist J, Obol Cm, Eriksson Le, Winterling J, Rodriguez-wallberg Ka, et al
Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2017;25(12):3675-3682

Patients' initial steps to cancer diagnosis in Denmark, England and Sweden: what can a qualitative, cross-country comparison of narrative interviews tell us about potentially modifiable factors?
Macartney J, Malmström M, Overgaard Nielsen T, Evans J, Bernhardson Bm, Hajdarevic S, et al
BMJ open 2017;7(11):e018210-

Development of a Self-Help Web-Based Intervention Targeting Young Cancer Patients With Sexual Problems and Fertility Distress in Collaboration With Patient Research Partners
Winterling J, Wiklander M, Obol Cm, Lampic C, Eriksson Le, Pelters B, et al
JMIR research protocols 2016;5(2):e60-

Encumbered by vulnerability and temporality - the meanings of trigger situations when learning to live with diabetes
Kneck Å, Eriksson Le, Lundman B, Fagerberg I
Journal of clinical nursing 2016;25(19-20):2874-83

Experiences of patients undergoing chemotherapy - a qualitative study of adults attending Uganda Cancer Institute
Wampaalu Pb, Eriksson Le, Naamala A, Nabirye Rc, Wettergren L
African health sciences 2016;16(3):744-749

Exploring childhood cancer survivors' views about sex and sexual experiences -findings from online focus group discussions
Jervaeus A, Nilsson J, Eriksson Le, Lampic C, Widmark C, Wettergren L
European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society 2016;20():165-72

High Concordance between Self-Reported Adherence, Treatment Outcome and Satisfaction with Care Using a Nine-Item Health Questionnaire in InfCareHIV
Marrone G, Mellgren Å, Eriksson Le, Svedhem V
PloS one 2016;11(6):e0156916-

HIV-related stigma and health-related quality of life among children living with HIV in Sweden
Rydström Ll, Wiklander M, Navér L, Ygge Bm, Eriksson Le
AIDS care 2016;28(5):665-71

Metadata and Title Correction: Online Focus Group Discussion is a Valid and Feasible Mode When Investigating Sensitive Topics Among Young Persons With a Cancer Experience
Wettergren L, Eriksson Le, Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C
JMIR research protocols 2016;5(2):e92-

Motivators and barriers for HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Sweden
Persson Ki, Berglund T, Bergström J, Eriksson Le, Tikkanen R, Thorson A, et al
Journal of clinical nursing 2016;25(23-24):3605-3618

Online Focus Group Discussion is a Valid and Feasible Mode When Investigating Sensitive Topics Among Young Persons With a Cancer Experience
Wettergren L, Eriksson Le, Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C
JMIR research protocols 2016;5(2):e86-

The role of illness perceptions in adherence to surveillance in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)
Eriksson Le, Fritzell K, Rixon L, Björk J, Wettergren L
Psycho-oncology 2016;25(6):699-706

Correlates of ever had sex among perinatally HIV-infected adolescents in Uganda
Mbalinda Sn, Kiwanuka N, Eriksson Le, Wanyenze Rk, Kaye Dk
Reproductive health 2015;12():96-

Development and psychometric testing of a barriers to HIV testing scale among individuals with HIV infection in Sweden; The Barriers to HIV testing scale-Karolinska version
Wiklander M, Brännström J, Svedhem V, Eriksson Le
Health and quality of life outcomes 2015;13():185-

Legal guardians understand how children with the human immunodeficiency virus perceive quality of life and stigma
Rydström Ll, Wiklander M, Ygge Bm, Navér L, Eriksson Le
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) 2015;104(9):940-7

Reproductive health and lifestyle factors associated with health-related quality of life among perinatally HIV-infected adolescents in Uganda
Mbalinda Sn, Kiwanuka N, Kaye Dk, Eriksson Le
Health and quality of life outcomes 2015;13():170-

Six years beyond pediatric trauma: child and parental ratings of children's health-related quality of life in relation to parental mental health
Sluys Kp, Lannge M, Iselius L, Eriksson Le
Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation 2015;24(11):2689-99

Experiences of dementia in a foreign country: qualitative content analysis of interviews with people with dementia
Mazaheri M, Eriksson Le, Nasrabadi An, Sunvisson H, Heikkilä K
BMC public health 2014;14():794-

Immunotherapy with an HIV-DNA Vaccine in Children and Adults
Palma P, Gudmundsdotter L, Finocchi A, Eriksson Le, Mora N, Santilli V, et al
Vaccines 2014;2(3):563-80

Intersectional perspectives on family involvement in nursing home care: rethinking relatives' position as a betweenship
Holmgren J, Emami A, Eriksson Le, Eriksson H
Nursing inquiry 2014;21(3):227-37

Living with diabetes - development of learning patterns over a 3-year period
Kneck Å, Fagerberg I, Eriksson Le, Lundman B
International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being 2014;9():24375-

Psychometric evaluation of the HIV stigma scale in a Swedish context
Lindberg Mh, Wettergren L, Wiklander M, Svedhem-johansson V, Eriksson Le
PloS one 2014;9(12):e114867-

'Will I be able to have a baby?' Results from online focus group discussions with childhood cancer survivors in Sweden
Nilsson J, Jervaeus A, Lampic C, Eriksson Le, Widmark C, Armuand Gm, et al
Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 2014;29(12):2704-11

Adolescents' and young adults' experiences of childhood cancer: descriptions of daily life 5 years after diagnosis
Doukkali Eb, Winterling J, Eriksson Le, Lampic C, Hagström As, Wettergren L
Cancer nursing 2013;36(5):400-7

Being perceived as a 'visitor' in the nursing staff's working arena--the involvement of relatives in daily caring activities in nursing homes in an urban community in Sweden
Holmgren J, Emami A, Eriksson Le, Eriksson H
Scandinavian journal of caring sciences 2013;27(3):677-85

Experiences of living with dementia: qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews
Mazaheri M, Eriksson Le, Heikkilä K, Nasrabadi An, Ekman Sl, Sunvisson H
Journal of clinical nursing 2013;22(21-22):3032-41

Experiences of young adults growing up with innate or early acquired HIV infection--a qualitative study
Rydström Ll, Ygge Bm, Tingberg B, Navèr L, Eriksson Le
Journal of advanced nursing 2013;69(6):1357-65

Psychometric properties of a short version of the HIV stigma scale, adapted for children with HIV infection
Wiklander M, Rydström Ll, Ygge Bm, Navér L, Wettergren L, Eriksson Le
Health and quality of life outcomes 2013;11():195-

Therapeutic DNA Vaccination of Vertically HIV-Infected Children: Report of the First Pediatric Randomised Trial (PEDVAC)
Palma P, Romiti Ml, Montesano C, Santilli V, Mora N, Aquilani A, et al
PLOS ONE 2013;8(11):e79957-

An exploration of patient-reported symptoms in systemic lupus erythematosus and the relationship to health-related quality of life
Pettersson S, Lovgren M, Eriksson Le, Moberg C, Svenungsson E, Gunnarsson I, et al

Living in a paradox - women's experiences of body and life-world after meningioma surgery
Wenstrom I, Eriksson Le, Ebbeskog B

Patients with genetic cancer undergoing surveillance at a specialized clinic rate the quality of their care better than patients at non-specialized clinics
Fritzell K, Eriksson Le, Bjork J, Sprangers M, Wettergren L

Lipoatrophy of the Footpad in HIV-Treated Patients Is Associated With Increased PAI-1
Eriksson Le, Schonnesson Ln, Bratt Ga

Self-Reported Abdominal Symptoms in Relation to Health Status in Adult Patients With Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
Fritzell K, Eriksson Le, Bjork J, Hultcrantz R, Wettergren L

Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer Report Quality of Life and Health Status in Parity With a Comparison Group
Sundberg Kk, Doukkali E, Lampic C, Eriksson Le, Arvidson J, Wettergren L
PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER 2010;55(2):337-43

Outcomes in Pediatric Trauma Care in the Stockholm Region
Sluys K, Lannge M, Iselius L, Eriksson Le

Autoimmunogenicity of the helix-loop-helix DNA-binding domain
Petrakova N, Gudmundsdotter L, Yermalovich M, Belikov S, Eriksson L, Pyakurel P, et al
MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY 2009;46(7):1467-80

Magnitude and Determinants of CD4 Recovery After HAART Resumption After 1 Cycle of Treatment Interruption
Mussini C, Touloumi G, Bakoyannis G, Sabin C, Castagna A, Sighinolfi L, et al

Broad Immunogenicity of a Multigene, Multiclade HIV-1 DNA Vaccine Boosted with Heterologous HIV-1 Recombinant Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara
Hiv Immunogenicity Study 01 02 Tea, Sandstrom E, Nilsson C, Hejdeman B, Brave A, Bratt G, et al

Factors of importance for work satisfaction among nurses in a university hospital in Sweden
Gardulf A, Orton Ml, Eriksson Le, Unden M, Arnetz B, Kajermo Kn, et al

Predictors of nurses' perceptions of barriers to research utilization
Kajermo Kn, Unden M, Gardulf A, Eriksson Le, Orton Ml, Arnetz Bb, et al

Candidate HIV-1 gpl40 Delta V2, gag and tat vaccines protect against experimental HIV-1/MuLV challenge
Brave A, Hinkula J, Cafaro A, Eriksson Le, Srivastava Ik, Magnani M, et al
VACCINE 2007;25(39-40):6882-90

Evaluation of immunogenicity and efficacy of combined DNA and adjuvanted protein vaccination in a human immunodeficiency virus type 1/murine leukemia virus pseudotype challenge model
Rollman E, Mathy N, Brave A, Boberg A, Kjerrstrom A, Van Wely C, et al
VACCINE 2007;25(11):2145-54

Health-related quality of life in homo- and bisexual men attending a sexually transmitted disease clinic in Sweden
Eriksson Le, Berglund T

CD4 cell-monitored treatment interruption in patients with a CD4 cell count > 500 X 10(6) cells/I
International Study Grp Cd4-monit, Mussini C, Bedini A, Borghi V, Guaraldi G, Esposito R, et al
AIDS 2005;19(3):287-94

The two-year impact of first generation protease inhibitor based antiretroviral therapy (PI-ART) on health-related quality of life
Eriksson Le, Bratt Ga, Sandström E, Nordström G
Health and quality of life outcomes 2005;3():32-

Why do nurses at a university hospital want to quit their jobs?
Gardulf A, Söderström Il, Orton Ml, Eriksson Le, Arnetz B, Nordström G
Journal of nursing management 2005;13(4):329-37

A multiplex real-time PCR for quantification of HIV-1 DNA and the human albumin gene in CD4(+) cells
Eriksson Le, Leitner T, Wahren B, Bostrom Ac, Falk Ki
APMIS 2003;111(6):625-33

Genetic immunization is augmented by murine polyomavirus VP1 pseudocapsids
Rollman E, Ramqvist T, Zuber B, Tegerstedt K, Zuber Ak, Klingstrom J, et al
VACCINE 2003;21(19-20):2263-7

HIV type 1 DNA development during long-term supervised therapy interruption
Eriksson Le, Falk Ki, Bratt Ga, Leandersson Ac, Wahren B, Leitner T

Enhanced immune responses after DNA vaccination with combined envelope genes from different HIV-1 subtypes
Ljungberg K, Rollman E, Eriksson L, Hinkula J, Wahren B
VIROLOGY 2002;302(1):44-57

The health-related quality of life in a Swedish sample of HIV-infected persons
Eriksson Le, Nordstrom G, Berglund T, Sandstrom E

Long-term immunotherapy in HIV infection, combined with short-term antiretroviral treatment
Bratt G, Eriksson Le, Sandstrom E, Gilljam G, Hinkula J, Albert J, et al

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