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Sara Qvarlander

I work as a researcher in the Umeå Hydrocephalus Research Group, my main focus is modeling and analysis of the pressure and flow dynamics of the brain. 

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Affiliation
Affiliated as other position at Department of Radiation Sciences Units: Radiation Physics
Location
3B, Medicinsk Teknik, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I work as a researcher at Biomedical Engineering R&D (MT-FoU) at the university hospital (CMTS, NUS) within the Umeå Hydrocephalus Research Group. Mainly I work with modeling and analysis of the pressure in the brain (intracranial pressure) and the flow dynamics in the fluid system that surrounds the brain and spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid system). My research is mainly focused at developing and validating protocols and analysis methods for lumbar infusion measurements, which are performed at the Neurological Department at NUS. I am the project manager for a Nordic multicenter study where we investigate whether this type of examination can be used to personalize the treatment of so-called Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH).

My research also includes working with MR imaging of the brain, specifically with applications towards NPH and/or assessment of flow and fluid dynamics. My latest project is about image analysis for identification of changes in brain structure related to disturbances in the cerebrospinal fluid system, using neural networks. I also work in research regarding the newly discovered glymphatic system of the brain.

I am also active in MedTech4Health, a National Strategic Innovation Programme financed by VINNOVA, where MT-FoU, as a representative for the Center for Medical Technology and Physics (CMTF) acts as one of the programme's regional nodes.

I have a degree in Engineering Physics from KTH (2008) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Dept. of Radiation Sciences, UMU (2013).

Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, BioMed Central 2022, Vol. 19, (1)
Podgoršak, Anthony; Trimmel, Nina Eva; Oertel, Markus Florian; et al.
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 41, (10) : 2769-2777
Björnfot, Cecilia; Garpebring, Anders; Qvarlander, Sara; et al.
Acta Neurochirurgica, Springer 2021, Vol. 163, (12) : 3353-3368
Kaipainen, Aku L; Martoma, Erik; Puustinen, Tero; et al.
Acta Ophthalmologica, John Wiley & Sons 2021, Vol. 99, (5) : e679-e685
Kristiansen, Martin; Lindén, Christina; Qvarlander, Sara; et al.
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2020, Vol. 61, (12)
Jóhannesson, Gauti; Qvarlander, Sara; Wåhlin, Anders; et al.
Neurosurgery, Oxford University Press 2020, Vol. 87, (6) : 1299-1310
Luciano, Mark G.; Dombrowski, Stephen M.; El-Khoury, Serge; et al.
Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, BioMed Central 2019, Vol. 16, (1)
Holmlund, Petter; Qvarlander, Sara; Malm, Jan; et al.
Journal of Neurosurgery, American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2019, Vol. 131, (4) : 1018-1023
Jacobsson, Johan; Qvarlander, Sara; Eklund, Anders; et al.
American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, American Physiological Society 2018, Vol. 314, (3) : R377-R385
Holmlund, Petter; Eklund, Anders; Koskinen, Lars-Owe D.; et al.
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2018, Vol. 59, (9)
Kristiansen, Martin; Linden, Christina; Qvarlander, Sara; et al.
Ophthalmology (Rochester, Minn.), Vol. 125, (3) : 361-368
Lindén, Christina; Qvarlander, Sara; Jóhannesson, Gauti; et al.
Ophthalmology (Rochester, Minn.), Elsevier 2018, Vol. 125, (6) : e43-e44
Lindén, Christina; Qvarlander, Sara; Jóhannesson, Gauti; et al.
Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, BioMed Central 2017, Vol. 14
Holmlund, Petter; Johansson, Elias; Qvarlander, Sara; et al.
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC 2017, Vol. 37 : 297-297
Holmlund, Petter; Johansson, Elias; Qvarlander, Sara; et al.
Journal of Neurosurgery, Vol. 126, (5) : 1629-1640
Luciano, Mark G.; Dombrowski, Stephen M.; Qvarlander, Sara; et al.
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, Wiley-Blackwell 2017, Vol. 135, (5) : 576-584
Qvarlander, Sara; Ambarki, Khalid; Wåhlin, Anders; et al.
Annals of Neurology, Vol. 80, (2) : 269-276
Eklund, Anders; Jóhannesson, Gauti; Johansson, Elias; et al.
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Vol. 86, (2) : 222-228
Farahmand, Dan; Qvarlander, Sara; Malm, Jan; et al.
Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, Vol. 52, (1) : 75-85
Qvarlander, Sara; Malm, Jan; Eklund, Anders
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, Vol. 127, (4) : 233-241
Behrens, Anders; Lenfeldt, Niklas; Qvarlander, Sara; et al.
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, BMJ Publishing Group 2013, Vol. 84, (7) : 735-741
Qvarlander, Sara; Lundkvist, Bo; Koskinen, Lars-Owe D; et al.
Journal of applied physiology, American Physiological Society 2013, Vol. 115, (10) : 1474-1480
Qvarlander, Sara; Sundström, Nina; Malm, Jan; et al.
Physiological Measurement, Vol. 31, (11) : 1517-1528
Qvarlander, Sara; Malm, Jan; Eklund, Anders
Qvarlander, Sara; Ambarki, Khalid; Wåhlin, Anders; et al.

My main teaching activity is the course "Biomedical Sensors and Analyses".