Professor of clinical pain research
I received my medical degree (MD) from Uppsala University in 1986 and my PhD from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm in 1996. Following my PhD I specialized in rehabilitation medicine (1998) and pain relief (2001) and have been clinically active for the most part of my professional carrier. I have carried out my research at the Karolinska Institutet, as Associate Professor since 2004 and as full Professor of Clinical Pain Research since 2015. In 2020 I became a full Professor of Clinical Pain Research at the Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, combined with a position as senior consultant at the Pain Center, Uppsala University Hospital. I combine these three positions with the aim to facilitate collaborative research projects.
My research focuses on pathophysiological mechanisms in chronic musculoskeletal pain, with special reference to central pain modulation and neuroimmune interaction. My group studies common pain disorders such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and various specific chronic low back pain conditions. The research is hypothesis driven. We use a wide variety of techniques such as genetics, analysis of inflammatory substances in cerebrospinal fluid and blood, quantitative sensory testing and neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography). I have several national and international research collaborations and I participate in translational studies, currently mainly focusing on the role of autoreactive antibodies in fibromyalgia.
I chaired the International Association of Pain (IASP) Terminology Task Force, introducing the new pain mechanistic term “nociplastic pain” intended for primary pain syndromes characterized by altered nociception (i.e., dysfunctional pain modulation).
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