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Ann Bremander

Professor of Exercise Biomedicine at the School of Business, Engineering and Science. Appointed in 2016.

Ann Bremander has a simple, yet powerful research motto – to, by means of research, contribute to a positive development in health care. To enable good quality patient care, and providing accurate information and knowledge. This has spurred her motivation to further develop her own abilities.

“As a practising physiotherapist, I wanted to help the patients I met in the best way possible. This ment focusing on evidenced-based care and the need to gain a deeper knowledge by engaging in research.”

Since early 2016, Ann Bremander has been employed as a professor in exercise biomedicine, at Halmstad University. She started her career as a nurse and after a few years added yet a degree as a registered physiotherapist. Physical activity and physiotherapy is closely linked and the step from clinical work into research was short. During her research career, she has studied the importance of physical activity to improve health and quality of life in people suffering from chronic rheumatic diseases.

An example of research with both clinical and academic impact is in the area of chronic inflammatory back pain, spondyloarthrits, research performed in collaboration with researchers in Lund. Findings from these studies have generated a number of internationally acknowledged publications and also led to new models of care.

“We have performed large epidemiological studies in a group of patients that earlier have been sparsely studied and the findings have generated new information useful for improving clinical care, Ann says.”

Health and quality of life

Public interest for physical activity has increased in recent years. Both concerning the importance of physical activity for long term health and the impact of physical activity on lifestyle diseases. A less sedentary lifestyle affects our bodies on all levels, from the smallest molecule to our sense of wellbeing.

- Throughout my clinical career, in my research and when teaching, the field of physical activity and exercise has always been important to me. In the future, this field of research will increase in importance – to ensure public health and the wellbeing of people with chronic diseases.

Investment in biomedicine

The School of Business, Engineering and Science offers an exercise biomedicine programme. The programme is unique in Sweden through its focus on the health benefits of physical activity and exercise. Academically, the programme is founded on the natural sciences.

“We recently made a major investment to develop exercise biomedicine at the University. We raised admission requirements, we elucidated the natural science part and its connection to the field of physical activity and increased the proportion of laboratory work at the undergraduate level. We have also recruited several new colleagues with expertise to give our students the very best”, says Ann Bremander.

She continues:

”The team currently involved in the biomedicine programme has projects underway and far-reaching plans on how these can be developed. As a professor, it’s my responsibility to ensure high quality and international relevance in our research”.

Interdisciplinary research collaboration

Ann Bremander wants to contribute to a development towards more joint research projects and teaching in applied science.

“I have good experience of working in interdisciplinary research collaborations. I find them stimulating and rewarding and that the results are often exciting and innovative”, she says.

The new research environment, Rydberg laboratory for applied science (RLAS), has the potential to support research collaboration between the University’s schools and researchers from other universities and companies, national as well as international. Currently there is a lot of great research going on, but it can be made even better by cooperation, both within Halmstad University and with other higher education institutions.”

Therefore, in the future, Ann Bremander hopes that the interdisciplinary cooperation between different areas will increase.

My wish is to take part in research projects in collaboration with researchers from other, vastly different, disciplines. With the hope that, together, we could provide answers to new and increasingly difficult health challenges.

“I want to collaborate with researchers from completely different areas than my own, to collectively solve future health challenges”


Ann Bremander was born in 1957 and grew up on the south east coast of Sweden. She is a registered nurse and physiotherapist, as well as a Certified Specialist in Physiotherapy in Rheumatology. In 2006 Ann obtained a doctorate degree (PhD) in clinical sciences at Lund University for her disertation “Lower Extremity Function in Arthritis”. In 2012 she was awarded the title Associate Professor in Experimental Rheumatology, also at Lund University. Ann initiated her research career in 1996 at the research department at Spenshult Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, dividing her time between clinical research and patient care. Since 2006, Ann Bremander is a full time researcher. Apart from her professorship at Halmstad University, she is also assistant research director at Spenshult Research and Development Centre (FoU Spenshult). Ann was inaugurated as Professor in 2016.

Updated 2018-02-23