I figured that an update on my PhD trajectory was in order so here goes:
First a recap: I started my PhD studies at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in 2012 and in June 2018 I handed in my application to defend my PhD thesis (see photo). Unfortunately the Dissertation committee rejected my application because I hadn’t applied for ethical approval for studying myself (read more about their reasoning and my thoughts here and here).
For a number of reasons, my employment at KI ended in early 2020 and I am currently working at Uppsala University together with Maria Hägglund. We first met when I started studying Health Informatics at KI in 2010 and she was one of the teachers.
I am very happy that I am able to combine my work as a research assistant at Uppsala University with being a PhD student at Radboudumc/Donders Institute in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
My supervisors are a great group with the very best combination of competences imaginable for the research I am doing:
Professor Bas Bloem, neurologist and researcher at Radboudumc. Bas is generally known as one of the most patient-centered Parkinson neurologists in the world. I have followed his work with great interest for a long time, and he is involved with many impressive initiatives to improve health and healthcare for people with Parkinson’s disease all over the world. Bas is my main supervisor.
Maria Hägglund, associate professor and researcher in health informatics at Uppsala University in Sweden. Maria’s work and research includes among other things: patient-centered eHealth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and PAEHR (patient-accessible electronic health records).
Working with these amazing people has given me new energy and enthusiasm for my research and If all goes well, I hope to be able to defend my PhD thesis later this year.
It has certainly been a long and winding road and I have learned so much along the way!