Dr Freysdottir obtained a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Technical College of Iceland in 1985. She received a PhD degree in Immunology from Royal Postgraduate Medical School (now part of Imperial College, Hammersmith Hospital campus), London. She then studied the participation of the immune system in various diseases affecting the oral mucosa as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Farida Fortune, first at Guy´s Hospital in London and then at Leeds Dental Institute, University of Leeds. Since 2004 Dr Freysdottir has been working as a Scientific Researcher at Centre for Rheumatology Research and Department of Immunology, Landspitali – The University Hospital of Iceland. She became an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iceland in November 2010.
Research focus: Dr Freysdottir’s research focuses on inflammation and mainly how to alleviate chronic inflammation. The two major projects aim to determine the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on immune parameters in animal models of inflammation and the effects of natural compounds from Icelandic nature on the activation of human dendritic cells and their subsequent stimulation of T cells. Dr Freysdottir’s collaborators are Dr Ingibjorg Hardardottir, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iceland, Dr Arnor Vikingsson, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Landspitali – The University Hospital of Iceland, and Drs Sesselja Omarsdottir, Associate Professor, and Elin Soffia Olafsdottir, Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Iceland.
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