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Helena Backman

Title: Affiliated Researcher School/office: School of Medical Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303000

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Helena Backman
Research subject Research environments
  • Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Centre

About Helena Backman

Helena Backman is Associated professor and Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Senior Consultant) and does her clinical work at the Örebro University Hospital focusing on women with diabetes during pregnancy. 


Helena Backmans main research interest is in Diabetes in pregnancy with focus on Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and she is the project leader of the ongoing national stepped wedge RCT evaluating the change in diagnostic criteria for GDM in Sweden  ( Apart from this she is working on projects on type 1 diabetes during pregnancy, and life style risk factors in antenatal care. She is a steering group member of COPE- study (, and is the main supervisor for 3 PhD students (Maryam de Brun, Inga-Ros Valgeirsdottir, Malin Ugarph-Edfeldt) and co-supervisor for 1 PhD student (Hanna Östling). Helena Backman is a member of the European Research Group Diabetes in pregnancy, a member of the National Swedish research Network in Obstetrics and Gynecology (SNAKS) and since 2021 she leads a national working group in diabetes in pregnancy (SFOG). She is supervising continuosly medical students in their research projects.


Helena Backman is active in teaching widwifes, medical students and other healthcare personel in aspects of diabetes in pregnancy and also basic epidemiology.

Collaboration and assignments

Helena Backman was part of the National Board of Healths expert committee work with new guidelines for gestational diabetes in 2015. Through this work a large collaboration network was built up in Sweden that has resulted in the CDC4G study. She has also established collaboration with Prof David Simmons, who is a guest professor at Örebro University with his own work at Western University of Sydney. Through the Resaerch network in DPSG, other studies are under planning and her international collaboration is expanding in her research field.

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Articles in journals

Articles, reviews/surveys


Chapters in books

Conference papers

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries