My research interest mainly concerns two different fields: health effects of cold, and hand-arm vibration injuries.
In an epidemiological research project titled Cold and Health In Northern Sweden (CHINS), we investigate how the working population in northern Sweden is exposed to cold, and what the consequences are. Studied outcomes include injuries to vessels and nerves in the hands, musculoskeletal disorders, and respiratory symptoms. Other effects such as reduced working capacity, sick leave and job change are also evaluated. In addition, we conduct laboratory studies focused on the microcirculation of the hands.
In a FORTE-funded research project, we investigate how to prevent injuries in people who work with vibrating tools. The purpose of the project is to evaluate how well the questionnaires used in periodical medical examinations of vibration-exposed workers detect peripheral nerve injury. We also analyze differences between the current and coming technical measurement standard, used to quantify hand-arm vibration exposure.
My hope is that the research will lead to preventive measures, and in the long run contribute to reducing the occurrence of cold and vibration injuries in Sweden.