Cecilia BerghTitle: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Health Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303661
About Cecilia Bergh
Cecilia Bergh is senior lecturer at the School of Health Sciences combined with a position as a clinical physiotherapist at Örebro University Hospital. Cecilia has a degree in Physiotherapy from the Karolinska Institute from 1998, and defended her thesis” Life-course influences on occurrence and outcome for stroke and coronary heart disease” at Örebro University in 2017. Her research is focused on life-style and cardiometabolic health.
Cecilia’s doctoral thesis included register-based studies on how characteristics in adolescence and adulthood, such as stress resilience and physical fitness, are linked with subsequent cardiovascular risk. As a member of the Clinical Epidemiology group, her post-doc period focused on life-course exposures relevant to later health and cardiovascular disease, in particular precursors of low stress resilience. Her post-doc projects investigated how the stress response, and other characteristics in adolescence, may be influenced by perinatal and early life stress.
Current research has a methodological width from epidemiological studies to randomized controlled clinical trials, and involves a lifestyle approach to disease risk to identify targets for risk reduction with a focus on lifestyle related exposures. Ongoing studies focus on risk markers, epidemiology and randomized interventions. Cecilia is principal investigator of a 900 patients clinical trial, (BIOAMI), initiated by and coordinated from Örebro University Hospital. This study will investigate the role of Nordic foods, such as bilberries and oats, for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in patients with acute myocardial infarction
Cecilia has many years of experience as a study group tutor at the School of Medicine. Her current teaching activities include coordinating the medical courses at semesters 3 and 4 at the Occupational Therapy program. Cecilia is supervising students at candidate and master level at both the School of Health Sciences and the School of Medical Sciences. She is also teaching at different courses related to her research area, including at PhD level, mainly in the field of research methodology and design.
Networks and collaborations
The national collaborative network includes researchers from Örebro University, Lund University, Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Hospital Region Västmanland and Karlstad Central Hospital, including development of functional food products in collaboration with the research-driven company Glucanova and Immun.