Lena Martin became a registered dietician in 1991 and has mostly investigated and treated cancer patients with different malnutrition problems.
She defended her PhD thesis in 2008 on "Risk factors for malnutrition after oesophageal cancer surgery".
Lena is currently Co-head of a research and development projects in the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and at the Department of Gastro Centre Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, where the aim is to clarify the dietician's role and ensure that patients receive nutrition towards the whole care process to prevent malnutrition, which today can be very long.
She is responsible for the implementation of a structured approach (Nutrition Care Process, NCP) and a standardized language (International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology, IDNT) uniquely suited to the dietician's occupation, according to the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
While Lena in her research continues to investigate the weight gain for patients with cancer of the oesophagus she is also engaged in a research project which aims to improve the care of patients receiving PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy), a catheter directly through the abdomen can provide energy and nutrients even when the patient has difficulty eating and drinking normally.
Research group Surgical Care Sciences