Published: 26-09-2016 12:49 | Updated: 26-09-2016 12:52

Erik Widman is one of the first to defend his thesis at both KI and KTH

Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) are engaged in a joint PhD programme in medical technology through which doctoral students are admitted onto a combined programme at both universities leading to a joint degree.

One of the first to defend his thesis in the subject of medical technology is Erik Widman at the group Clinical Physiology. He defends his thesis "Ultrasonic Methods for Quantitative Carotid Plaque Characterization" on October 13th at KTH Flemingsberg, main supervisor is Associate Professor Matilda Larsson.

What's the main focus of your thesis?

The focus of my thesis is to develop non-invasive ultrasonic methods to better diagnose stroke by assessing the mechanical properties of carotid artery plaques and measuring arterial stiffness.

Which are the most important results?

Our research group has developed and validated three methods for carotid plaque characterization and tested them in vitro and in vivo. The techniques have the potential to help physicians better assess carotid vulnerable plaques in order to prevent stroke, but a large clinical study must be conducted.

How can this new knowledge contribute to the improvement of people's health?

This technology will assist physicians when making decisions on how to treat high-risk stroke patients. The technology has the potential to reduce unnecessary endarterectomies and angioplasties and may reduce stroke morbidity and mortality rates.

What's in the future for you? Will you keep on conducting research?

I have two goals. First, I want to improve healthcare by bringing new technologies into clinical practice. Second, I want to transform the way we think of healthcare by advocating preventive healthcare, as I believe preventive healthcare has the highest potential to significantly improve health outcomes in society. I’m currently planning a career in industry where I’m considering leadership roles in companies, medtech consulting, and venture capital positions.



Calendar event, dissertation October 13th