Karin Gunnarsson

Karin Gunnarsson

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Postadress: K2 Medicin, Solna, K2 KEP Askling Holmqvist, 171 77 Stockholm

Om mig

  • PhD student since 2020, main supervisor Marie Holmqvist
    Specialist in rheumatology since 2019, currently working clinically in the
    rheumatology section at Karolinska University Hospital


  • Since approximately 5 years I have had a special clinical interest in an
    uncommon rheumatic systemic disease called systemic sclerosis (SSc). This
    disease causes fibrosis in skin and inner organs and has among the highest
    mortality in all rheumatic diseases. I am now deepening my knowledge about
    SSc through PhD studies in the field.
    One of the most common causes of death in SSc is cancer. In my PhD projects I
    want to learn more about the correlation between SSc and cancer using data
    from national and local patient registers. As the disease is uncommon we plan
    to expand the number of patients by collaborating with researchers in Norway
    and Lund. We also plan to learn more about the genetic changes in patients
    with SSc and cancer.
    I believe that my projects will result in important knowledge about the risk
    factors for cancer in SSc patients which will help us to elaborate better
    cancer screening algorithms to be used when evaluating SSc patients. My
    ultimate goal is to help to reduce the high mortality and loss of quality of
    life currently afflicting SSc patients.


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