Meet the researchers

Senior researchers

Paulin Andréll, Associate Professor, MD

Specialist in internal medicine  and researcher at pain centre at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in pain medicine at the Department of Anestesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Institute of Clinical Sciences at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Project manager for research, education, development and innovation at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and member of the Docentur committee at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Axel Wolf, Professor, Specialist Nurse

Senior consultant Anaesthesia (CRNA) & Affiliated researcher at Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC), University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

I am the Vice Head of Digitalization, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, and Head of Research at the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care department, Sahlgrenska University hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. I am a full professor in Anaesthesia Nursing at the University of Oslo (OsloMet), Oslo, Norway, and an Associate Professor in Healthcare Science at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. My research focuses on opioid-free anaesthesia and person-centred care, innovative technology and organizational change management. 

Sven-Egron Thörn, Associate Professor MD, senior physician 

Junior researchers & postdocs

Adam Piasecki, , MD, PhD, EDAIC

I am a senior consultant at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Sahlgrenska University Hospital-Östra, Gothenburg, Sweden. A graduate of the two-year Inter-Nordic training program in Advanced Pain Medicine organized by The Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. I am appointed as an examiner for the European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine under auspices of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.Educational supervisor for medical students during their anaesthesiology rotation at Sahlgrenska Östra hospital within the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg. My research focuses on acute pain, in particular postoperative pain, circulation and anaesthesia and on patient safety.

Birgit Heckemann, PhD, Nurse

Researcher at the Institute for Health and Care Sciences, Centre for Person-centred Care, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden & as a Research, Development, Education and Innovation Co-ordinator at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.

I am an experienced qualified nurse (adult nursing) with a PhD in Nursing Science. I serve as a member of the steering committee of the Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care. My current research explores various aspects of person-centred care (documentation, communication, relationships). I am working with qualitative methods (Content analysis, thematic analysis, Constructive Grounded Theory), but also have a particular interest in mixed methods research.

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Cecilia Grinsvall, MD, PhD

I am Resident in Pediatrics and Pain management and hold a PhD. The title of my thesis was “Brain-gut interactions in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)”. I am an invited member of a national workgroup (“Nationell arbetsgrupp”) currently working on creating a national guideline for persistent pain in children and adolescents and a board member of the Swedish Paediatric Pain Association (“Svensk barnsmärtförening”).  

Emma Varkey, PhD, Senior Physiotherapist 

I am a registered physiotherapist, specialised in pain and pain rehabilitation. My clinical work and research is based at the pain centre at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg. I finished my PhD 9 years ago, with research focused on exercise in migraine treatment. My current research, qualitative and quantitative, explores aspects of rehabilitation in patients with chronic pain focused on physical activity, self-efficacy and body awareness. I am also involved in several projects developing and evaluating digital healthcare programs.

Jaquette Liljencrantz, MD, PhD

Final year resident at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden and Adjunct Lecturer in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Johan Svensson, PhD, ST-läkare 

Katarina Hallén, PhD, överläkare 

PhD students

Alexander Olausson, Specialist Nurse 

I am a PhD-student at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences and affiliated with the Centre for Person-centred Care (GPCC), Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Nurse Anaesthetist at AnOpIVA, Område 2, Sahlgrenska University Hospital Östra, Gothenburg, Sweden.

My PhD project aims to evaluate the prerequisites and effects of an opioid-saving person-centred care pathway compared to conventional opioid-based anaesthesia in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. The PhD project is part of a larger randomized controlled study, Effects of an Opioid-saving Care Pathway for Patients undergoing Obesity Surgery. I co-ordinate patient recruitment, data collection and study management at both study centres (Gothenburg and Lindesberg). I hold a Good Clinical Practice certificate.

Martin Olsson, MD

Resident Physician, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital Östra, Gothenburg, Sweden. PhD student at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Research subject is Sleep Medicine with a special interest in biomarkers, and the effect of sleep on pain perception.

Prospective PhD students

Linda Bengtsson, MD

Angelica Dahlbäck, Physiotherapist 

Cecilia Ögren, Research Nurse 

Josefin Larsson, Research Nurse 

Jasmine Näsholm, research nurse

Research nurses

Sofia Jonsvik, Assistant Nurse

I have been working as a resarch nurse at Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, AnOpIVA, Östra, Område 2, Gothenburg, Sweden, since 2020. I am involved in several research projects at the specialist pain clinic (Smärtcentrum) and hold a Good Clinical Practice certificate. My areas of responsibility include supporting patient recruitment, data collection and management, as well as monitoring stocks to ensure that studies run smoothly. As a first contact point for study participants who have questions or queries, I contribute to ensuring high retention rates. I have ample clinical work experience as an assistant nurse at Operation 1, AnOpIva, where I have been working since 2006.