Eklund Foundation scholarship recipient lectured at TePe

January 8, 2020 - News

Gunnel Hänsel Petersson, associate professor, and Marie Nordström, PhD student, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö university.

Marie Nordström, who was granted the 2019 Eklund Foundation Scholarship for the promotion of odontological research, visited TePe to present the outlines of her research study.

Marie Nordström, PhD student, was recently awarded a scholarship of SEK 150,000 (approx. EUR 14,000) for her project Origins of Salutogenesis among Healthy Young Adults at a Low Socioeconomic Status in Skåne. It will be conducted at the Department of Cariology under the supervision of Gunnel Hänsel Petersson, associate professor.

The scholarship was instituted to promote odontological research with a focus on oral health at the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University and has been distributed by the Eklund Foundation since 2017.

Together with her supervisor, Marie Nordström came to introduce her research to a group of eager listeners at TePe Oral Hygiene Products, and kindly answered our questions about her life and work.

Could you tell us a little bit about your research project and what you’re aiming to achieve?
“We know that dental caries is still a global health problem and that it’s not distributed evenly in the population; there are vulnerable groups with more dental caries. However, there are individuals within these groups who are healthy and don’t have dental caries. The question is, why are these individuals healthy? If we can find the answer, then we can also use that knowledge in health promotion”, says Marie Nordström.

Gunnel Hänsel Petersson adds, “Usually, you’re taking the opposite approach by looking for risk factors. Now we will be looking at health factors instead to find out how come these young people are healthy despite living in a low-status socio-economic environment”.

What does the Eklund Foundation scholarship mean to you and your research?
“It means a lot; it means that I can start my research study next year. It’s especially fun to receive this stipend from Eklund Foundation, because TePe has a long history of prevention and working with sustainability, which is exactly what I’m aiming for in my research study”, says Marie Nordström.

How was it that you became a dentist?
“When I thought about my future, I realised I wanted to help people and also use my hands. I always had a good experience when visiting the dental care, and my dentist encouraged me, she said ‘It’s a great job’, so I decided to apply to Dental School.”

And what made you apply for the doctoral post?
“I’ve worked abroad for many non-profit organisations and became interested in public health and how to work with prevention in larger populations. Later, as I studied public health and also started to work at the university, I found an interest in research and new knowledge. And it seemed very much fun!”, Marie Nordström concludes.

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