Björn Äng

Personlig presentation av Björn Äng

Professor medicinsk vetenskap, Idrotts- och hälsovetenskap

Björn gained his degree in physiotherapy from Karolinska Institutet (KI) in 2001, and he defended his PhD in medical science 2007, titled "NECK PAIN IN THE AIR FORCE - On Risk Factors, Neck Motor Function and an Exercise Intervention". Between 2001 and 2003 he was a university lecturer at KI, and he worked clinically with the focus on neck and shoulder pain problems. From 2004 to 2007 he fulfilled his PhD-studies, worked as a lecturer and in 2009 he becomes a senior lecturer at KI. Björn initiated research projects and took on doctoral candidates. In 2011, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Washington DC, (US Navy) mainly involved in validation studies and commissioning of interventions to prevent musculoskeletal pain conditions. In 2012 he became an associate professor at KI, and shortly thereafter, he built up a research group that focused on various aspects of musculoskeletal pain problems.

In 2015 Björn moved to Falun for a position as Head of the Centre for Clinical Research - Dalarna (CKF-Dalarna). From 2016, Björn began a position as senior researcher at Dalarna University, with a continued role as a senior researcher and scientific advisor in the Dalarna County Council. At date, Björn is Director for The Research Centre for Public Health and Sports (RePS), he leads several externally funded research projects and supervises doctoral candidates and post-docs. He acts as course examiner and has a teaching expertise in exercise therapy and biomechanics. From 2020, he is Professor in Medical Science at Dalarna University and head of research at Dalarna Region.

Our research concerns interventional advances devoted to improving prevention and patient management. This includes the development of clinical tests and prevention methods with the aim to improve health and workability. We currently have three main translational research projects: one that incorporates registry- and laboratory-based research on chronic pain conditions with the focus in the specialist care sector (see Elena Tselis thesis from aug 2019 here). A second concerns empirical data on occupational health in the military community (see Andreas Monniers thesis from Nov 2016 here), and a third focusing on sports-related disorders. 

In our projects, we handle a wide range of scientific methods that deal with registry, empirical and laboratory data. Our team members are multidisciplinary (physiotherapists, physician, psychologist, and engineers) and we work actively to understand and critically evaluate health-related variables from a bio-psycho-social perspective to meet the challenge of tomorrow's musculoskeletal pain problems. The future of my research will hopefully include issues related to individual and societal opportunities and actions to prevent illness and maintain good health through physical activity and movement.