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Bijar Ghafouri

Professor, Head of Unit

I am professor in pain biochemistry with a focus on proteomics


Bijar Ghafouri is a pre-clinical Professor of biochemistry of chronic pain with a focus on proteomics at department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, division of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Community Medicine. She graduated from Faculty of Science and Engineering 2001 and completed her PhD at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 2005. She is director of third-cycle education at department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences. She is also head of PAINOMICS laboratory at the division of Pain and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor Ghafouri has co-authored more than 100 articles, reviews, and posters on clinical biomarkers with a major interest in chronic pain. She is an editor of Scientific Reports and reviews for many peer-reviewed journals. Her main research interest is investigating molecular “signature” of chronic pain using omics. She supervises undergraduate students and doctoral students in the research field of clinical biomarkers



Huan-Ji Dong, Katherine Brain, Max Olsson, Elena Dragioti, Björn Gerdle, Bijar Ghafouri (2024) Eating habits and the desire to eat healthier among patients with chronic pain: a registry-based study Scientific Reports, Vol. 14, Article 4705 Continue to DOI
Björn Gerdle, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Eva Lund, Peter Lundberg, Mikael Forsgren, Bijar Ghafouri (2024) Pain and the biochemistry of fibromyalgia: patterns of peripheral cytokines and chemokines contribute to the differentiation between fibromyalgia and controls and are associated with pain, fat infiltration and content FRONTIERS IN PAIN RESEARCH, Vol. 5, Article 1288024 Continue to DOI
Rocco Giordano, Bijar Ghafouri, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Kristian Kjaer-Staal Petersen (2024) Inflammatory biomarkers in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis: exploring the potential link to chronic postoperative pain after total knee arthroplasty-a secondary analysis Pain, Vol. 165, p. 337-346 Continue to DOI
Emmanuel Bäckryd, Andreas Themistocleous, Niclas Stensson, Andrew S. C. Rice, Solomon Tesfaye, David L. Bennett, Björn Gerdle, Bijar Ghafouri (2024) Serum levels of endocannabinoids and related lipids in painful vs painless diabetic neuropathy: results from the Pain in Neuropathy Study Pain, Vol. 165, p. 225-232 Continue to DOI


Bijar Ghafouri, Daria Matikhan, Nikolaos Christidis, Malin Ernberg, Eva Kosek, Kaisa Mannerkorpi, Björn Gerdle, Karin Wåhlén (2023) The Vastus Lateralis Muscle Interstitium Proteome Changes after an Acute Nociception in Patients with Fibromyalgia Compared to Healthy Subjects-A Microdialysis Study Biomedicines, Vol. 11, Article 206 Continue to DOI