Jonas Halfvarson is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Örebro University Hospital and Professor of Gastroenterology at Örebro University in Sweden. Professor Halfvarson graduated with an MD from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, before training in gastroenterology at Örebro University Hospital. He undertook research with Professor Gunnar Järnerot and obtained his PhD, entitled “Inflammatory bowel disease in twins; studies of genetics and environmental factors” in 2004; some of the research for his PhD was carried out at the University of Oxford, UK, with Professor Derek Jewell.
Professor Halfverson has contributed to numerous impactful clinical studies across multiple facets of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); his current research focuses on biomarkers in IBD, from both a clinical and mechanistic perspective. Prof Halfvarson was named a Rising Star in Gastroenterology at the United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW) in 2011. Currently he heads the task force for genetics and pathophysiology at the Swedish Organisation for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (SOIBD), and serves as the Scientific Director of the Swedish national quality registry for IBD (SWIBREG) and as a board member of the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IOIBD). He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications.