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Staff photo Carolina Hawranek

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
5B-Regionalt Cancercentrum, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Originally a Biomedicine major from Lund University, later turned science journalist in Stockholm (due to the frustration over low quality medical reporting). Continued on to work with health and research communication in the areas of health promotion and preventive medicine in Linköping. Moved on to strategic communications, organisational development and started a research project in implementation research within the county council before moving to Umeå to support innovations and realise applied research projects.

After a decade of professional experiences outside academia, I started my PhD in clinical oncology at the Department of Radiation Sciences at Umeå University in April 2019. My research focus is mainly 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 hereditary cancer units in Sweden, and compare this to a proactive healthcare-mediated pathway for disclosure of information on hereditary cancer risks. 

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 31 December 2021

I've had recurrent guest lecturing assignments since 2016 on topics involving science communications, verbal presentations, poster design and crafting of effective headlines for research content. I am currently involved as a lecturer in the PhD-course "Scientific communication" at KBC, at Umeå university and within a national PhD-programme for medical students.