Per Björkman

Per Björkman

Professor, specialist physician

Personal profile


My research projects are based in Sweden and in Ethiopia. The research activities are focused on understanding infectious diseases in the context of interactions between pathogen, host and society. I am head of a field research station in Adama, Ethiopia. The research network involves collaboration with different experts at Lund university as well as Ethiopian organizations and research institutes.

At the Adama research station we conduct cohort studies that aim to investigate aspects of tuberculosis (TB) in HIV-positive individuals, as well as in women of reproductive age and their infants. A principal objective is to construct methods for diagnosis and management that are adapted for use in high-burden low-income settings. Specifically, we wish to construct alternative methods for detecting TB co-infection, by using clinical algorithms in combination with biomarkers. Linked to these objectives are laboratory studies on how components of the immune system determine the outcome and characteristics of TB infection.

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Infectious Medicine
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Microbiology in the medical area
  • Immunology in the medical area

Free keywords

  • HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis C


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  • How do we scale up Africa-Europe academic and scientific cooperation?

    Rickard Eksten (Organiser), Per Björkman (Invited speaker), Aryeetey Ernest (Invited speaker), Martin Melin (Invited speaker), Cecilia Christersson (Invited speaker), Caroline Sundberg (Organiser), Stephen Hwang (Invited speaker), Abdellah Abarkan (Invited speaker), Adipala Ekwamu (Invited speaker), Jonas Ewald (Invited speaker), Fadila Boughanemi (Invited speaker), Sara Gräslund (Chair) & Pär Svensson (Contributor)

    2022 Feb 4

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