Anneliese Lilienthal giving a presentation

Anneliese Lilienthal

Project coordinator

Doctoral Student in the project CARE-WORKS (Caregiving & Aging Reimagined for Europe – Work fOr Respect, Knowledge, and Sustainability). Academically trained and certified medical illustrator.

About me

I am a trained and certified medical illustrator with years of project management experience coordinating, storyboarding, and developing educational multimedia for a variety of audiences. The aim in the work of illustrator/facilitator is often to make visible or tangible that which is abstruse and obscure, such that it becomes actionable.

In this way my background as a medical illustrator translates into my research education. As a researcher I seek to deepen my knowledge and understanding of a context through various experiences of that context (be they qualitative or quantitative). These experiences enable possible translations and illustrations of emerging mutual understanding between myself and the collaborators with whom I work.

Research description

Registered 01 Jan 2020 at the Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society.

Project: Caregiving & Aging Reimagined for Europe - Work fOr Respect, Knowledge, and Sustainability (CARE-WORKS) – Sweden.

Main Supervisor: Eric Asaba.

Co-Supervisors: Lisette Farias Vera, Ann-Helen Patomella, Anne-Marie Boström.

This research project focuses on caregiving practices involving older adults and professional caregivers. It specifically looks at the work situation for professional caregivers and their needs for competency development through continuing professional education.

This is building from experiences as project manager for from 2016-2019 of an EIT Health project, CARE Campus - Caregiving and Aging Reimagined in Europe. The project worked to build an education and training programme to supplement current elder caregiving skills and create opportunities for the development of new elder caregivers.


Past Publications: Gentry SV, Gauthier A, L'Estrade Ehrstrom B, Wortley D, Lilienthal A, Tudor Car L, Dauwels-Okutsu S, Nikolaou CK, Zary N, Campbell J, Car J. Serious Gaming and Gamification Education in Health Professions: Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res. 2019; 21(3):e12994

Somai M, Lilienthal A, Cerga A, et al.  A European Consortium Model to Support Formal and Informal Caregiving Training. Care Weekly. 2018. V2. Published Online.

Zhu E, Lilienthal A, Shluzas LA, Masiello I, Zary N. Design of Mobile Augmented Reality in Health Care Education: A Theory-Driven Framework. JMIR Medical Education. 2015;1(2):e10

Ferris DG, Condorhuaman WS, Waller J, Lilienthal A. Impact of a Video Intervention for Rural Peruvian Women With Cervical Neoplasia Before Loop Excisional Procedures. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2015 Jul;19(3):224-8.

Teaching portfolio

  • Course Responsible & Main Lecturer:   To communicate science in different contexts, with a focus on oral and visual communication. KI Course 3147, Spring and Fall 2019. 3 credit points (3 ECTS). Audience: PhD Students.
  • Erasmus+ EduShare Exchange Program Course Director & Facilitator: To communicate science in different contexts, with a focus on oral and visual communication. Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacology. 13-17 May 2019. 1,5 credit points (1,5 ECTS). Hanoi Medical University. 6-10 May 2019. 1,5 credit points (1,5 ECTS). Audience: PhD Students, Medical, Dentistry, Pharmacology and Nursing professionals, and Training the Trainor with University Faculty.
  • Seminar Co-Presenter of "Visuals & Research" for the KI Doctoral Course: Observation and visual methods in health care sciences research. With Helena Cleeve, PhD. 11 April 2019. Audience: PhD Students.
  • Course Support & Infographic Seminar Leader for "Communicating Science, The Power of Visuals" for the Course: Populärvetenskaplig kommunikation (Popular Science Communication). 7.5 hp Fall 2018 at KI. Audience: Free-standing course with general public, undergraduate and master’s students.
  • Co-Developer & Presenter of "A picture says more than 1000 words –applications in pedagogics." Audience: Medical doctors who supervise medical students. 10 October 2017. At Södersjukhuset with Tanja Tomson, LIME.
  • Guest Seminar "Communicating Science – The Power of Visuals: An Interactive Workshop." Audience: PhD students, junior and senior researchers. The Karolinska Institutet research network, Tissue and Motion Day 2017. 3 October 2017. Balingsholm, Sweden.
  • Co-Developer & Presenter, "Introduction & instructional videos on Design Thinking." Audience: Interprofessional undergraduate and master students at universities in Scandinavia and UK for EIT Health Innovation Day. 
  • Lecturer: MERSU Seminar Series, "Designing a Scientific Poster." Audience:  Medical students. 14 November 2016. Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University. Singapore.
  • Lecturer, "The visual presentation of science" & Seminar Leader, "Video feedback / Poster Session" for the KI Doctoral Course: 2144 Communicate Science. Doctoral student course. Once per term, Fall ’14-‘18.
  • Lecturer: Visuals & Designing for Science Communication. Fall ’16, ’17. & Faculty reviewer: Bioentrepreneurship Student Poster Session. Fall ’14, ’16, ‘17. KI Course: Entrepreneurship in the life sciences). Bioentrepreneurship Masters Programme.
  • Lecturer: "Oral & visual presentation for the health sciences, presenting posters and PPT" Fall ’15,’16 &’17. Faculty reviewer, Student Poster Session. Fall ’15,’16, ’17. KI Course: Health Systems and Policy, (4FH051). Public Health Masters Programme.
  • Lecturer, "Scientific posters, the oral and visual presentation of science" & Faculty reviewer, Student Poster Session. Fall ’14,’15. KI Course: Health Care Organisation and Management. Health Informatics Masters Programme.
  • Lecturer: Presentation skills, the oral and visual presentation of science. Fall ’14’15,’16, ‘17. KI Course: Scientific research methods. Health Informatics Master’s Program.
  • Guest Seminar, "Scientific Illustrations." Audience: Center for Infectious Medicine (CIM), Department of Medicine, Huddinge.  Sept ‘15


MSc in Global Health, 2012 – 2013. Karolinska institutet. Sweden. Thesis: Exploring the perceptions of Somali immigrants in Sweden on visual media for health communications.

Certificate, Infographics and Data Visualization,  2013. Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. MOOC. 

MSc in Medical Illustration, 2006 – 2008. Georgia Regents University (Formerly, the Medical College of Georgia). USA. Thesis: Understanding LEEP (Loop Electrode Excision Procedure): Familiarizing indigenous women in Peru with a medical procedure they will undergo for prevention of cervical cancer.

Certificate, Business Bridge Program. 2005. The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. 

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, with minor studies in biology and music. 2001 – 2005. Mount Holyoke College. USA. Magna Cum Laude with honors in biology.  Thesis: The art of biology: Exploring and illustrating the hindlimb morphology of the marine toad, Bufo marinus.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Fellow of the AMI (FAMI) July 2016,  Association of Medical Illustrators The designation of Fellow is a formal recognition of those AMI members who have generously contributed their skill, time, and effort to the Association by performing volunteer service. The purpose of the AMI's Fellow Program is to both recognize and encourage such volunteer participation in the activities of the Association. Fellow of the AMI (FAMI) is among the most distinguished honors bestowed by our Association.

Global Swede Nominee 2013 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & The Swedish Institute. "The distinction is awarded to international students who are considered ‘good ambassadors for their university and for Sweden’, and have shown academic creativity, entrepreneurship or innovation."

Full Tuition Scholarship Recipient - Friends of Karolinska Institutet. 2012.                                                                                          

Study Scholarship - 
SWEA (Swedish Women’s Education Association), Boston Chapter. 2012.

Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI)The Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators (BCMI). April 2011.

Vesalian ScholarThe Vesalius Trust for Visual Communications in the Health Sciences. February 2008. For the research and development of the masters thesis, Understanding LEEP (Loop Electrode Excision Procedure): Familiarizing indigenous women in Peru with a medical procedure they will undergo for prevention of cervical cancer.

The Stenstrom Award of Excellence - 
Student Scientific & Medical Illustration Exhibition, Univ. of Georgia. March 2008.  Awarded for an illustrated poster, The Erythrocyte: A Closer Look

Alpha Upsilon Phi - (Service Honor Society), Medical College of Georgia. May 2008.

 Elected Associate Member, 
Sigma Xi - (The Scientific Research Society), Mount Holyoke College. 2005.

School of Graduate Studies Alumni Association Scholarship - Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association. 2007.