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Simon Athlin

Title: Associate Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Medical Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303653, +46 019 6021232

Room: C2107

Simon Athlin

About Simon Athlin

Simon Athlin earned his PhD degree in 2015 defending his thesis Detection of polysaccharides and polysaccharide antibodies in pneumococcal pneumonia. He combines a postion as Associate Senior Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences, Örebro University with clinical work as Senior Consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Örebro University Hospital.

His present research focuses on the immune response to pneumococcal vaccination, antibody protection in pneumococcal bacteraemia, and improvement of microbiological methods for detection of pneumococcus and virus in pneumonia. In collaboration with Addis Ababa University, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg he is currently building research capacity within the SHAPE (Sustainable reduction of Household Air Pollution in rural Ethiopia) network in Ethiopia.

He is a board member of the Swedish Quality Registers, held by the Swedish Infectious Diseases Society, of which he is in charge of the Swedish Pneumonia Register. Based on register data, his research covers diagnostics, aetiology and treatment in community-acquired pneumonia in Sweden.


Articles in journals |  Articles, reviews/surveys |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Manuscripts | 

Articles in journals

Wong, A. Y. W. , Johnsson, A. T. A. , Ininbergs, K. , Athlin, S. & Özenci, V. (2021). Comparison of Four Streptococcus pneumoniae Urinary Antigen Tests Using Automated Readers. Microorganisms, 9 (4).
Wong, A. Y. W. , Johnsson, A. T. A. , Iversen, A. , Athlin, S. & Özenci, V. (2021). Evaluation of Four Lateral Flow Assays for the Detection of Legionella Urinary Antigen. Microorganisms, 9 (3).
Littorin, N. , Udden, F. , Ahl, J. , Resman, F. , Slotved, H. , Athlin, S. & Riesbeck, K. (2018). Serotypes With Low Invasive Potential Are Associated With an Impaired Antibody Response in Invasive Pneumococcal Disease. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9.
Athlin, S. , Iversen, A. & Özenci, V. (2017). Comparison of the ImmuView and the BinaxNOW antigen tests in detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Legionella pneumophila in urine. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 36 (10), 1933-1938.
Altun, O. , Athlin, S. , Almuhayawi, M. , Strålin, K. & Özenci, V. (2016). Rapid identification of Streptococcus pneumoniae in blood cultures by using the ImmuLex, Slidex and Wellcogen latex agglutination tests and the BinaxNOW antigen test. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 35 (4), 579-585.
Alpkvist, H. , Athlin, S. , Naucler, P. , Herrmann, B. , Abdeldaim, G. , Slotved, H. , Hedlund, J. & Strålin, K. (2015). Clinical and Microbiological Factors Associated with High Nasopharyngeal Pneumococcal Density in Patients with Pneumococcal Pneumonia. PLOS ONE, 10 (10).
Athlin, S. , Altun, O. , Eriksen, H. B. , Özenci, V. & Strålin, K. (2015). The UniGold(TM) Streptococcus pneumoniae urinary antigen test: an interassay comparison with the BinaxNOW (R) Streptococcus pneumoniae test on consecutive urine samples and evaluation on patients with bacteremia. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 34 (8), 1583-1588.
Athlin, S. , Kaltoft, M. , Slotved, H. , Herrmann, B. , Holmberg, H. , Konradsen, H. B. & Strålin, K. (2014). Association between serotype-specific antibody response and serotype characteristics in patients with pneumococcal pneumonia, with special reference to degree of encapsulation and invasive potential. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, 21 (11), 1541-1549.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Athlin, S. , Lidman, C. , Lundqvist, A. , Naucler, P. , Nilsson, A. C. , Spindler, C. , Strålin, K. & Hedlund, J. (2018). Management of community-acquired pneumonia in immunocompetent adults: updated Swedish guidelines 2017. Infectious Diseases, 50 (4), 247-272.

Conference papers

Athlin, S. , Larsson, E. , Nordenskjöld, A. M. & Fröbert, O. (2019). Evaluation of the novel IMMUVIEW RSV antigen test for detection of respiratory syncytial virus in adults and children. Paper presented at 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 13-16 April, 2019.
Olofsson, E. , Michelsson, L. , Özenci, V. & Athlin, S. (2018). Evaluation of the Sofia S. pneumoniae FIA and the Sofia Legionella FIA for detection of   pneumococcal and L. pneumophila antigen in urine. Paper presented at 11th International Symposium Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD-11), Melbourna, Australia, 15-19 April, 2018.
Athlin, S. , Granath, F. , Strålin, K. , Hedlund, J. , Spindler, C. & Naucler, P. (2018). Usefulness of pneumococcal urinary antigen detection for antimicrobial guidance in community-acquired pneumonia. Paper presented at 21-28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Madrid, Spain, 21-24 April, 2018.
Athlin, S. , Ziegler, I. , Källgren, M. , Strålin, K. & Mölling, P. (2016). Rapid elimination of pneumococcal lytA DNA in the bloodstream of patients with invasive pneumococcal diseasae treated with beta-lactam antibiotics. Paper presented at 10t International Symptosium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD-10), Glasgow, Scotland, UK, June 26-30, 2016.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Athlin, S. (2015). Detection of polysaccharides and polysaccharide antibodies in pneumococcal pneumonia. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro university.


Alpkvist, H. , Athlin, S. , Nauclér, P. , Herrmann, B. , Abdeldaim, G. , Slotved, H. , Hedlund, J. & Strålin, K. Clinical and microbiological factors associated with high pneumococcal colonization density in pneumococcal pneumonia.