Research summary

My research combines epidemiology, method development, intervention- and implementation research and qualitative studies, with special focus on physical activity and exercise in the cardiovascular field. The research is characterized by clinical projects where the implementation of research results with direct benefit to the patient is highly valued.

Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation under the supervision of a physiotherapist is a highly evidence-based treatment which, however, is underutilized. There is a large need to identify methods and interventions targeting how it is possible to increase participation and adherence with this treatment.

Please visit my research group PHYS-EX CVDs homepage to read more about some of our current projects. The projects target epidemiological research within the framework of the SWEDEHEART-registry and to develop and evaluate telerehabilitation and behavioural medicine interventions with the aim of optimizing availability, efficiency, and goal fulfilment in exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention.

My research also includes studies within the cardiovascular field with focus on e-health interventions, associations between objectively measured physical activity and health, effects of physical exertion and exercise on the immune system and inflammation, randomized controlled trials evaluating effects of exercise in patients with intermittent claudication and in elderly patients with coronary artery disease, as well as qualitative studies. I also have collaborative efforts in patients with COPD and cancer.

I have established effective large national and international collaborations and networks in my field. My research is clinically relevant and often performed in collaboration between researchers with interdisciplinary competence. I contribute actively within the European Society of Cardiology in research, guidelines and to various task forces.

About me


  • 2018 Associate Professor, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Unit of Physiotherapy, Linköping University
  • 2014-16 Post-doc, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Unit of Physiotherapy, Linköping University
  • 2012 PhD in medicine, Institute of medicine, Sahlgrenska academy, University of Gothenburg
  • 2008 Specialist competence in cardiovascular diseases
  • 2005 Master of Science in physiotherapy, University of Gothenburg.
  • 2001 Bachelor of physiotherapy, University of Gothenburg

Field of teaching

Teaching at the Physiotherapy program and at advanced levels, mainly lectures, workshops and examinations in the fields of cardiovascular disease, exercise, physiology and behavioural medicine. Supervision of masters degree-projects and PhD students.

Selection of merits

  • Reviewers in scientific journals
  • Member of examination boards
  • Invited speaker to national and international congresses and educational courses
  • SWEDEHEART steering group member
  • Coordinator of the national network of physiotherapists working in cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapist representative in the National system for knowledge driven management within Swedish healthcare as member of the national working group for secondary prevention of coronary artery disease
  • Chair (2012-2018) and past chair (2019-2020) of the Swedish Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Health Professions within Cardiology
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
  • Board member of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Health Professions (ACNAP) within the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
  • Chair of the ESC Task Force on Allied Professionals, led by ACNAP
  • Co-chair together with Professor Dominique Hansen of the ESC Task Force on Physiotherapy and Sport Scientists Network, led by European Association of Preventive Cardiology
  • Member of the Secondary Prevention and Rehabilitation section of the Association of Preventive Cardiology within the ESC



Roberto F. E. Pedretti, Dominique Hansen, Marco Ambrosetti, Maria Bäck, Thomas Berger, Mariana Cordeiro Ferreira, Veronique Cornelissen, Constantinos H. Davos, Wolfram Doehner, Carmen de Pablo Y. Zarzosa, Ines Frederix, Andrea Greco, Donata Kurpas, Matthias Michal, Elena Osto, Susanne Pedersen, Rita Esmeralda Salvador, Maria Simonenko, Patrizia Steca, David R. Thompson, Matthias Wilhelm, Ana Abreu (2022) How to optimize the adherence to a guideline-directed medical therapy in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases: a clinical consensus statement from the European Association of Preventive Cardiology European Journal of Preventive Cardiology Continue to DOI
Suleman Aktaa, Baris Gencer, Elena Arbelo, Constantinos H. Davos, Ileana Desormais, Monika Hollander, Ana Abreu, Marco Ambrosetti, Maria Bäck, David Carballo, Carolyn Crawford, Christi Deaton, Paul Dendale, Thijs M. H. Eijsvogels, Mary Galbraith, Massimo Francesco Piepoli, Annett Salzwedel, Yvo Smulders, Matthias Wilhelm, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Francois Mach, Frank L. J. Visseren, Chris P. Gale (2022) European Society of Cardiology Quality Indicators for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: developed by the Working Group for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Quality Indicators in collaboration with the European Association for Preventive Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology European Journal of Preventive Cardiology Continue to DOI


Selection of research funding as a main applicant

  • Swedish Research Council
  • Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
  • Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation
  • Swedish Heart and Lung Association
  • Family Kamprad Foundation
  • Grants from the Swedish state under the agreement between the Swedish government and the county councils, the ALF agreement
  • Post-doc fellowship from Swedish Society of Medical Research