Träffa Josefine Östh – doktorand som forskar om alkoholberoende vid GPH
Josefine Östh är doktorand i forskargruppen Epidemiology of Psychiatric Conditions, Substance use and Social Environment (EPiCSS) vid institutionen för global folkhälsa (GPH). Vi har ställt några frågor till henne om hennes erfarenhet och vad hon gillar mest med GPH.
Hur är det att vara doktorand på GPH?
"I started my doctoral studies in the beginning of the pandemic, so I must admit it has been an unusual 18 months where all courses, seminars and meetings with supervisors and the research group have been online.
Even though it has not been quite as expected, I have still enjoyed being a Doctoral student during this time, with rewarding courses, exciting seminars, and friendly colleagues that I have met at distance", säger Josefine Östh.
Vad handlar din forskning om?
"My research is about novel methods to measure alcohol consumption and treat alcohol dependence. Specifically, we are examining smartphone applications delivered as complements to standard treatment for alcohol dependence among patients at Riddargatan 1 – a clinic within the Stockholm Centre for Dependency Disorders.
Therefore, I have spent most of my time so far at the clinic recruiting participants. The pandemic, as well as a new EU regulation concerning storage of cloud data, delayed the start of the trial. Thus, we still have a long way to go to reach the goal of 375 participants.
However, after advertising for participants via social media, the recruitment speed has increased in recent months."
Vad fick dig att välja KI och GPH?
"The high quality of medical research conducted at KI was a key factor. It is truly inspiring to work with and learn from prominent researchers in the field.
Moreover, I found the research project very interesting as I would be able to keep one foot in the clinical world, and I liked that the team of supervisors had such diverse expertise – I learn a lot from their broad experience".