Meet the researchers

Senior researchers

Paulin Andréll, Associate Professor, MD

Specialist in internal medicine/pain 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

I am a senior consultant at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra, Region Västra Götaland, Gothenburg, Sweden.

I am also an Associate Professor at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Institute of Clinical Sciences at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

My previous research has mainly been focused on perioperative anaesthesia with respect to gastrointestinal function, pain, nausea and vomiting, cognitive function, inflammation and cancer. My current research focuses on perioperative opioid-free anaesthesia and analgesia. I am also involved in research exploring the organic effects of preeclampsia.

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.

Carl Johan Svensson, PhD, MD, Resident SUÖ

I am currently a resident at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. I was originally awarded a PhD in theoretical and experimental biology in 2006. Following postdoctoral research, I left research in 2010 to study medicine. During my internship I returned part time to research, initially within the field of antibiotic resistance, and now within research areas closer to my clinical reality. I am foremost involved with clinical studies of opioid free anaesthesia, septic shock, and obesity related anaesthetic difficulties. I am also involved in tutoring interns and the examination process of medical students during their anaesthesiology rotation at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

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 Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, 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.

Cecilia Ögren, Specialist Nurse 

I am a nurse anesthetist and an intensive care specialist nurse.

My PhD study project examines the effect of TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) as treatment of acute postoperative and persistent endometriosis-related pain.

Josefin Larsson, Specialist Nurse 

I am a specialist nurse at Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden, and PhD student at the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

My PhD project is part of a randomized controlled study, which aims to understand endometriosis related chronic pain and treatment with high frequency, high intensity (HFHI) transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – patients´ experience and impact on physical activity and health related quality of life.

I have been practising as a Nurse Anaesthetist since 2015. Since 2020, I have been working both clinically and as a research nurse. I am currently  involved in several research projects at the specialist pain clinic (Smärtcentrum) and 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. The research subject is Sleep Medicine with a special interest in biomarkers, and the effect of sleep on pain perception.

Associated clinicians

Angelica Dahlbäck, Physiotherapist 

I am a physiotherapist and specialist in pain and pain rehabilitation. My clinical work and research are based at the Pain Centre at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital /Östra, Gothenburg. My research is about aspects of rehabilitation in patients with chronic pain with focus on physical activity, self-efficacy and body awareness.

Sara Åkerlund, Physiotherapist

I am a physiotherapist and assist with research about pain rehabilitation. My areas of responsibility include supporting patient recruitment, data collection and management in research about rehabilitation in patients with chronic pain with focus on physical activity, self-efficacy and body awareness.

Research nurses

Sofia Jonsvik, Assistant Nurse

I have been working as a resarch nurse at Sahlgrenska University Hospital / Östra, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, 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, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, where I have been working since 2006.

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