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Carolina Hawranek

PhD-candidate in Clinical Oncology at the Deptartment of Radiation Sciences. National Coordinator for RCT study on clinical practice in genetic counselling & prevention efforts in hereditary cancer.

Works at

Doctoral student at Department of Radiation Sciences Units: Oncology
10c, Målpunkt E03, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Originally a Biomedicine major from Lund University, later turned science journalist in Stockholm, continued on to work with health and research communication in the areas of health promotion and preventive medicine in Linköping. Developed professionally over several years in strategic communications, organisational development and started a self-initiated research project in implementation science within the county council in Östergötland before moving to Umeå for head of communications position within the field of applied science and innovations.

After a decade of professional experiences outside academia, I started my full time PhD in clinical oncology at the Department of Radiation Sciences at Umeå University in April 2019. My research focuses on effective cancer prevention strategies and disclosure of family genetic information. I am currently coordinating a nationwide RCT-study called "DIRECT" to evaluate the current clinical practice of family-mediated communication, at four clinical genetic units in Sweden, and compare this to a proactive healthcare-mediated pathway for disclosure of information on hereditary cancer risks. 

Umeå University medical dissertations, 2215
Hawranek, Carolina
Cancers, MDPI 2022, Vol. 14, (4)
Hawranek, Carolina; Maxon, Johan; Andersson, Andreas; et al.
Journal of Personalized Medicine, MDPI 2021, Vol. 11, (11)
Hawranek, Carolina; Hajdarevic, Senada; Rosén, Anna
Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice, Springer Nature 2020, Vol. 18
Andersson, Andreas; Hawranek, Carolina; Öfverholm, Anna; et al.
European Journal of Human Genetics, Springer Nature 2020, Vol. 28 : 786-786
Hawranek, Carolina; Maxon, J.; Andersson, Andreas; et al.

Research projects

2 September 2019 until 30 November 2023

I genuinely appreciate the chance to share knowledge with students, and am grateful for each opportunity to teach as I find this adds inspiration to my research and my professional development. 

Currently I lecture at the medical faculty in a few different contexts: The PhD-program för medical candidates in Family Medicine, students in Medical School, and sessions on Reasearch days at the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation.

I have also held open lectures on genetics, heredity and DNA as part of the "Knowledge week 2020" - vocational training for schoool teachers, but my main topic in teaching is some aspect of #scicomm.

A few examples of seminar topics:

  • Presentation techniques for scientists
  • Verbal presentations at conferences
  • Poster presentation design and production
  • Effective headings and how to contruct them (workshop)
  • Creating media content and presenting it (about your own reserach)
  • Designing a credible communication & outreach plan (for research grants)

I mainly lecture in English, but if there is an all-Swedish group I also hold seesions in Swedish.