Sara Qvarlander

FoU - Sara Qvarlander

I work as a postdoc in the Umeå Hydrocephalus Research Group. Currently I am working in a project aiming to understand the effects of gravity on the intracranial pressure (ICP), and how this relates to the effects on the venous system and the eye pressure, with hopes of forming a hypothesis for how space travel, i.e. time spent in zero gravity, affects the ICP. My general research focus is the development of analysis methods and measurement protocols for the pressure and flow dynamics of the fluid system surrounding the brain and spine, particularly regarding pulsatile aspects related to the cardiac cycle. A large part of this work has been focused on data from and development of so-called lumbar infusion measurements, performed at the Neurological department, which are used as a diagnostic and prognostic instrument in a syndrome called idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (INPH).

During 2014, I conducted a postdoctoral project at the Cleveland Clinic, USA, analyzing data from a large study evaluating a new experimental method for altering the pulsatile aspects of ICP, and potentially affecting cerebral blood flow and other physiological processes of the intracranial space.

I received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Department of Radiations Science, Umeå University in 2013, for a thesis titled "Analysis of ICP pulsatility and CSF dynamics - The pulsatility curve and effects of postural changes, with implications for idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus". I also have a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (2008). A full list of my publications can be found on my Umeå University web page.

Contact
Phone   : +46 (0)90-785 4152
E-mail   : sara.qvarlander@radfys.umu.se