Anita Wisén

Anita Wisén

Affiliated with the university, Dr Med Vet, Associated Professor of Physiotherapy and Clinical Physilogy

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I hold a position as senior lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences, and in this role I primarily teach physiotherapy students, covering physiology and exercise physiology. I am also Associated Professor of Physiotherapy and Clinical Physiology at Lund University. In association with this, I also act as a member of the institutional board of the Department of Health Sciences.


I have clinical background in rehabilitation, occupational health and primary care. My doctoral studies included development of a scale for rating of maximal aerobic capacity (RPC scale) in a clinical setting, and development of methods for computerized analyses of maximal and functional exercise capacity, adaptation and efficacy. This resulted in my doctoral thesis ”Assessment of Aerobic Capacity, A Novel rating scale and Further Development of an Exercise Test including Analysis of Gas Exchange” (Lund University 2004).


My current research has a focus on physiology and exercise physiology with aims to optimize exercise training and increase knowledge about the effects of exercise.

In collaboration with Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre (CMRC) I have been in charge of a research project with the aim to explore the effect of different exercise regimes on body composition, exercise capacity and risk factors in obese subject. In another collaboration project I have explored the effect of acute exercise on hormones, inflammatory markers and growth factors in depressed persons. Together with Minneskliniken, Skånes University Hospital and the Institution of Psychology, Lund University, I have recently performed a study exploring different exercise regimes on cognitive functions, exercise capacity, gait and activity pattern, as well as metabolic, inflammatory markers and growth factors.

In addition, I am a member of the Equlalis Expert Group ”Exercise testing and Respiratory Physiology”, where the aim is to assure the quality of clinical tests performed in Swedish hospitals. As a member of the board of Gerdahallen (the gym, training and health centre in the city of Lund) I also promote training in a more general sense.

I primarily teach physiotherapy students, covering physiology and exercise physiology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physiotherapy
  • Physiology

Free keywords

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Mental disorder


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