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Welcome to a WiSE lunch seminar with Helena Nyström Filipsson

WiSE have invited Helena Nyström Filipsson, endocrinologist, medical doctor and researcher at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Sahlgrenska Academy.

In this lunch seminar, Ass Professor Helena Filipsson Nyström will open up a window to the other side of her life, away from being a professional researcher and respected clinician. What are the personal reasons to choose a professional life combining two demanding tasks that exceed all working hours’ directives?

Helena is known as a national expert in thyroid diseases. She has been a clinician for more than 25 years now, and is responsible for the Thyroid Department at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, but she started doing research just 15 years ago within endocrinology and she graduated as a PhD 10 years ago.

With the aim to solve some major clinical thyroid problems, Helena is leading two multidisciplinary groups, one focusing on why some patients with high thyroid hormone levels persist with mental fatigue long after treatment have normalised their hormone levels, and one focusing on mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy. This is a state present in many European countries today, and the research investigates if this do affect the development of the child to decide if iodine supplements are needed or not. These two research questions concern all pregnant women in Sweden, but also approximately 2000 patients in Sweden per year with Graves’ disease.

Today Helena has a higher ALF employment and says it is a win-win situation to equally share her time between thyroid patients and thyroid research. She thinks that research represents a creative part of her:

“I often looked at research as being an artist doing a painting or as an explorer discovering new land”, she says. “To find the person behind the surface fascinates me, and I found out that one of my PhD students has a former life as a professional actor, one is skilled in classic piano and spend more than you can imagine buying a new one to play even faster, and the third one chose between a career to be a professional flutist or being a doctor”.

“To be a good patient doctor is also about discovering yourself and to hear the unspoken”, she continues. “My personal life in parallel have been full of challenges- some that you may overcome, some that you have to learn to live with – but it has challenged my mind and taught me how to swim outside the box even if I am terrified. In 2016, when my computer crashed and my back-up was blown out from crypo virus, I was wondering- how will a researcher live through this? Is my research within my computer or is it in my brain?”

At this WiSE lunch seminar, Helena Nyström Filipsson will talk about her work with patients and her research as well as her personal experience and perspective on an academic career. 

When? 11:30-13:00 on 28 February, 2019
Where? Kammaren, Vita stråket 12, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

During the seminar, we offer lunch to participants who register before 12:00 on 25 February. Don´t forget to cancel your registration if you can´t attend.
The seminar is open to anyone with an interest in female rolemodels within academia - especially from Chalmers, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Borås University, and MedTech West.



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