Nikolaos Christidis

Nikolaos Christidis

Senior Lecturer/Senior Dentist | Docent
Telephone: +46852488124
Visiting address: Alfred Nobels Allé 8, 14104 Huddinge
Postal address: OF Odontologi, OF Oral rehabilitering, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • *2007* Best Poster Award – Clinical research, /Karolinska Institutet/
    *2011* Best thesis award (during 2010-2011), /Swedish Dental Society/
    *2012 *The Wiley-Blackwell Neuroscience Young Investigator
    Award, /International Association for Dental Research (IADR)/
    *2020*/ /Granted for writing educational book (Bettfysiologi – Orofacial
    smärta och käkfunktion) - /The Swedish Association of Educational Writers/
    *2020* Member of the Pedagogical Academy at Karolinska Institutet -/
    excellence in teaching/
    *2022-2024*/ /President of the Neuroscience Group of the International
    Association for Dental Research
    *2000-06* Philology - modern Greek, /Stockholm University/
    *2002-05 *DDS, /Karolinska Institutet/
    *2010-06* PhD in Medical Sciences, /Karolinska Institutet/
    / Title:/ The serotonin receptor type 3 in chronic and
    experimental human muscle pain
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    *2011-10* Specialist in stomatognathic physioloogy (orofacial pain),
    /Eastmaninstitutet Folktandvården AB/
    *2012-02 *Doctoral Supervisor Training course, /Karolinska Institutet/
    *2012-12* Teaching and learning in Higher Education, / Karolinska Institutet/
    *2016-05* Specialist in Advanced Pain Medicine, /Scandinavian Society of
    Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI)/
    *2017-01* Associate professor in odontology, /Karolinska Institutet/
    *2017-05* Open Networked Learning, /Karolinska Insitutet/
    *2018-05* The Role of Higher Education, /Dalarna University/
    *2019-11*/ /Future Education Leaders, /Karolinska Insitutet/
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  • The main focus of my research is on orofacial pain of muscular origin, from
    causes to treatment in both children and adults. It is well known, that the
    impact of pain in the orofacial region is not only the unpleasant sensory
    experience but also an emotional experience. These chronic pain conditions
    affect the temporomandibular joint or the masticatory muscles as well as
    their associated structures. It has a prevalence of approximately 10–20%
    and is 1.5 to 2 times more prevalent in women.
    In order to improve and add new therapeutical tools we need to increase the
    knowledge of the cause, if and how orofacial pain affects jaw function, and
    how effective different treatment modalities are in both children and adults.
    Regarding the cause of orofacial pain we are investigating the expression of
    pain-receptors in human muscle tissue of both healthy participants and
    patients with myalgia, also in a prevalence study investigating risk-factors
    to develop orofacial pain in young age. When it comes to jaw function we are
    investigating if and how jaw muscle pain affect fine motor function and
    chewing performance, and regarding treatment we are doing the first treatment
    study (in our knowledge) of myalgia and/or arthralgia of the
    temporomandibular joints in the growing individual in order to evaluate
    treatment efficacy and any possible side-effects.
    I also focus on pedagogical research, specifically investigating how
    learning is shaped within different national and international medical and
    teaching programmes. One area of particular interest focuses on academic and
    professional writing, which includes /what/, /how /and /for what purposes/
    our students read and write.


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  • Senior Lecturer/Senior Dentist, Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2018-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2017
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2010
  • University Degree In Dental Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, 2002

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