Eva Kosek, MD, PhD is holding positions as full Professor in Clinical Pain Research at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. She is a senior consultant at the Pain Centre at Uppsala University Hospital and has been clinically active for the most part of her professional carrier.
Prof. Kosek’s research focuses on pathophysiological mechanisms in chronic musculoskeletal pain, with special reference to central pain modulation and neuroinflammation in fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The research is hypothesis driven and her research groups use a wide variety of techniques such as genetics, analysis of inflammatory substances in cerebrospinal fluid and blood, quantitative sensory testing and neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography). She has published more than 100 scientific articles as well as a large number of book chapters.
Prof. Kosek was an elected Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 2012-18 and has chaired the IASP Terminology Task Force 2012-2022. She lead the IASP Task Force work on nociplastic pain, which resulted in IASP adapting the term as a third mechanistic descriptor. She is a member of several professional associations such as Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (SASP), the Swedish Medical Association and the Swedish Pain Society and elected member of the Czech Medical Association. She is a section editor of Scandinavian Journal of Pain. Prof. Kosek has lectured at conferences and symposia worldwide.