Marie Kierkegaard

Marie Kierkegaard

Senior Lecturer/Physcial Therapist | Docent
Telephone: +46852488137
Visiting address: Alfred Nobels Allé 23, 14183 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Fysioterapi, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a registered physiotherapist since 1984, have a PhD [1] in physiotherapy
    since 2010, associate professor (docent) 2019, and I am a certified
    specialist in Physiotherapy in Neurology since 2002. I have a combined
    position as senior lecturer at the Karolinska Institutet with research,
    education and clinical work at the Centerof Neurology [2], Academic
    Specialist Center, Stockholm Health Services. I belong to the research group
    Neuroepidemiology and health services research [3]. I collaborate with
    researchers and clinicians at both national and international level, have for
    example been scientific advisor in the EU project OPTIMISTIC [4]. Physical
    activity and health is a major interest, and I am editor of the neurological
    chapters in FYSS [5]and main author of the chapter on physical activity in
    multiple sclerosis (MS).
    Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Cambridge, 1981
    University Certificate in Physiotherapy, Uppsala College of Health and Caring
    Sciences, 1984
    Master of Medical Science in Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, 1998
    Certified Specialist in Physiotherapy in Neurology, 2002
    Doctor of Philosophy in Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, 2010


  • My research area is functioning, disability and health, including effects of
    physical exercise, in people with neurological and neuromuscular disorders.
    An on-going project is to study the effects of high-intensity resistance
    training in people with MS with disease-related fatigue. In addition to
    studying the effects of diseases on health, function, activity and
    participation in society, I also study the use and satisfaction with health
    care in people with neurological/neuromuscular disease. An example of this is
    the ongoing research project “To live with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    (ALS): health-related quality of life, and use and satisfaction with care
    during the course of the disease”.


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  • Senior Lecturer/Physcial Therapist, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2020-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2019
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2010
  • Master Of Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 1998

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