Posted by: ugleepen | July 8, 2016

Fulbright Award for Studying Arthritis in Sweden

IversonNortheastern University in Boston has announced that Maura Iversen, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Phys­ical Therapy, Move­ment and Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Sci­ences, has received a Ful­bright award to work in Sweden during the 2016–17 aca­d­emic year.

She will launch a study to assess the phys­ical activity levels of chil­dren with juve­nile idio­pathic arthritis—the most common form of arthritis in chil­dren under 17.

Her study will include a cohort of Swedish chil­dren, assessing the level of mod­erate phys­ical activity they engaged in over the course of a week.

Iverson has created four different ques­tion­naires, being translated from English to Swedish, to learn about the impact of arthritis on func­tion, including phys­ical activity pat­terns.

“Juve­nile idio­pathic arthritis is the most chronic ill­ness in chil­dren, more so than dia­betes, and we know that phys­ical activity is an impor­tant com­po­nent of reg­u­lating the immune response and man­aging the dis­ease,” Iversen said.

Iversen will spend three months in spring 2017 at the Karolinska Insti­tute in Stock­holm for her Ful­bright, and she’ll be sur­veying chil­dren at Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hos­pital, which is affil­i­ated with the institute.

Why Sweden?

Sweden has estab­lished a system of national reg­istries that col­lect health­care data, allowing Iversen to poten­tially survey thou­sands of chil­dren with juve­nile idio­pathic arthritis.

Her hope is to be able to merge the ques­tion­naires into this reg­istry, thereby helping doc­tors in Sweden better track and assess children’s phys­ical activity over the long term.

“The goal is to ascer­tain how much phys­ical activity chil­dren are engaging in and to deter­mine if they are meeting, or exceeding, their tar­gets, and finally to assess the impact that has on the pro­gres­sion of the dis­ease and children’s health outcomes,” Iverson explained.



Source: Northeastern University


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