Clinical and experimental rheumatology

The rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondylarthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) belong to the endemic diseases, affecting more than 1 percent of the population of Sweden.

The immune system which protects us from bacterial and viral infections may in certain individuals with genetic susceptibility which are exposed to certain environmental factors loose its tolerance and attack endogenous tissues and organs. Knowledge on the etiology of rheumatic disease is increasing, and the number of treatment options for patients who suffer has risen dramatically in recent years.

My group is studying underlying mechanisms for rheumatic diseases, especially SLE, as well as biomarkers and autoantibodies in relation to diagnosis, treatment response and prognosis.

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Michael Ziegelasch, Myrthe A M van Delft, Philip Wallin, Thomas Skogh, César Magro-Checa, Gerda M Steup-Beekman, Leendert A Trouw, Alf Kastbom, Christopher Sjöwall (2016)

Arthritis Research & Therapy , Vol.18 Continue to DOI

Helena Enocsson, Jonas Wetterö, Thomas Skogh, Christoffer Sjöwall (2013)

Translational Research , Vol.162 , s.287-296 Continue to DOI

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Tiina Kelkka, Paula Savola, Dipabarna Bhattacharya, Jani Huuhtanen, Tapio Lonnberg, Matti Kankainen, Kirsi Paalanen, Mikko Tyster, Maija Lepisto, Pekka Ellonen, Johannes Smolander, Samuli Eldfors, Bhagwan Yadav, Sofia Khan, Riitta Koivuniemi, Christopher Sjöwall, Laura L. Elo, Harri Lahdesmaki, Yuka Maeda, Hiroyashi Nishikawa, Marjatta Leirisalo-Repo, Tuulikki Sokka-Isler, Satu Mustjoki (2020) Adult-Onset Anti-Citrullinated Peptide Antibody-Negative Destructive Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Characterized by a Disease-Specific CD8+T Lymphocyte Signature Frontiers in Immunology , Vol. 11 Continue to DOI
Petrus Linge, Sabine Arve, Lina M. Olsson, Dag Leonard, Christopher Sjöwall, Martina Frodlund, Iva Gunnarsson, Elisabet Svenungsson, Helena Tyden, Andreas Jonsen, Robin Kahn, Asa Johansson, Lars Ronnblom, Rikard Holmdahl, Anders Bengtsson (2020) NCF1-339 polymorphism is associated with altered formation of neutrophil extracellular traps, high serum interferon activity and antiphospholipid syndrome in systemic lupus erythematosus Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases , Vol. 79 , s. 254-261 Continue to DOI

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Program teaching

  • Medical programme
  • Biomedical Laboratory Science Programme
  • Doctoral studies


  • Chairman of Working group for Biosimilars in Rheumatology (Swedish Society for Rheumatology, since 2014)
  • Member of the Working group that compose Guidelines for the medical treatment of SLE with an annual update (Swedish Society for Rheumatology, since 2014)
  • Consultant for the Dental and Pharmaceutical Benefits Agency (TLV) in the review and renegotiation of prices for Biologics in Sweden (since 2015)

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