Lars Gösta Hellström
Affiliated to teaching/tutoring
Master of Science in Applied Engineering Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm 1973. Laboratory/Research engineer, Department of Medical Engineering, Karolinska Institute 1973. Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institute 1993 and Senior Lecturer 2004. From 2010 at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Division of Medical Imaging and Technology.
For short periods been working as programmer at Siemens-Elema and journalist, among others "Ny Teknik" and "Elteknik". Director of Studies in Medical Engineering at Karolinska Institute 1997. Head of the educational program Management in Medical Engineering 1997. PhD at Karolinska Institute 2002. Director of Studies in Medical Engineering at the Royal institute of technology 2007. Head of the Division of Medical Engineering at the Department of Medical Laboratory Medicine 2008-2010.
Research interest As a research engineer, I have been active in research in various areas. I have studied the relation between bone mineral content and strength of the femoral neck, made experiments with zenon x-ray detection, worked with an optical method for tomographic reconstruction of x-ray images and a method for skin blood flow measurement, performed signal analysis of heart sounds, measured anesthesia gas leakage during surgery and automated anesthesia records. My main research area and doctoral thesis relates to measurement of the function of the respiratory centers. The research involves techniques and methods to determine respiratory activity, and the application in anesthesia, pharmacology and lung medicine. One ongoing study concerns the influence on breathing in pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Teaching interest Teaching has been my main activity since 1993, as I assisted in the establishment of the educational program Management in Medical Engineering at Södertörn University. This was a joint project between Karolinska Institute, Södertörn University and Stockholm University. My previous teaching activity concerned tutoring M Sc students at the Royal Institute of Technology in their master thesis works, which is something I am still very happy to do, and often in subjects crossing between the academic fields, such as into business administration, health economics, medicine and medical informatics.
I have personally started and designed a number of different courses in medical engineering which are given at Södertörn University, the Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institute. For more than ten years, I have been head of the educational program Management in Medical Engineering (BSc and MSc), which offers companies and health care in the Stockholm region a new and unique profession, combining important skills for the multi-professional health area. My pedagogical philosophy is rather simple: listen to the students and be open for new pedagogical experience.