Bianka Karshikoff

Postdoctoral researcher

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Research description

My research is in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, which is the study of how the immune system affects the brain and the behavior. During my doctoral thesis, I used experimental inflammatory models to understand how inflammation affects the perception of pain, and how the brain is affected by inflammation. In my current studies, I use a translational approach where the theories from experimental research are tested in clinical settings. Some of the research questions I am working on are if ongoing, low-grade inflammation affects cognitive behavioral treatment for chronic pain, and if the inflammatory load during pollen season affect the pain system in allergic patients.

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