My name is Andreas Wallin. I am a registered physiotherapist with clinical experience in neurological rehabilitation, mainly in rehabilitation and training for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. I am a doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet, within the Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Physiotherapy. My research project is specific to patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
My research project is about balance and walking ability in people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The overall goal of this research project is to improve balance and walking ability in people with MS; reduce fall and fall risk; increase the level of physical activity, function and independence; and to increase health-related quality of life. An additional goal is to explore whether and how a highly challenging balance-training program affects disease-related immunological activity in people with MS.
HiBalance is a concept for balance training, developed within the research group for people with Parkinson's disease, which significantly improved the target groups’ balance and walking ability. HiBalance combines balance training with simultaneous cognitive activities that challenge the ability to shift attention between cognitive processes and motor activities. In the present project the HiBalance training program will be adapted and further developed to address the specific gait and balance deficits of people with MS.