Göran Gustafsson lecture in medicine

Welcome to this year’s Göran Gus­tafs­son lecture in medi­cine. Every year, Uppsala University, together with the The Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research at Uppsala University and KTH, invites an inter­national­ly renowned research­er in medicine to give a lecture.

The 2023 Göran Gus­tafs­son Lecture

Antibiotic resistance – joint actions towards sustainable solutions

Symposium with the 2023 Göran Gustafsson Lecture in Medicine.

The 2023 lecture is part of a larger symposium in collaboration with Uppsala University’s Uppsala Antibiotic Center, UAC. Göran Gustafsson lecturer and key note lecturer is Gerry Wright, Executive Director for Canada’s Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats and Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, Canada.

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Professor Gerry Wright
Professor Gerry Wright

Time: Thursday 13 April, 13:00–17:00.

Place: University Main Building, Lecture Hall IX.

Registration: bit.ly/GG2023registration.

Other: The symposium is in English.

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Chairpersons: Eva Tiensuu Janson, Deputy Vice-Rector, and Anders Karlén, Professor.

13.00–13.10 Welcome
Anders Hagfelt, Vice-Chancellor of Uppsala University.
13.15–14.10 “Resistance-guided Antiobiotic Discovery”
Keynote lecturer Gerry Wright, Director at the Institute for Infectious Disease Research and Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, Canada.
14.10–14.35 Coffee break
14.35–14.50 “Resistance Dynamics: Past, Present and Future”
Linus Sandegren, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
14.55–15.10 “Development of New Antibiotics”
Diarmaid Hughes, Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, and ENABLE-2 co-coordinator.
15.15–15.30 “Current Ideas on How to Incentivise New Antibiotics R&D”
Francesco Ciabuschi, Professor, Department of Business Studies.
15.35–15.50 “Consumer Behaviour and Antibiotic Resistance – The Average Joe Latency”
Anna-Carin Nordvall, Associate Professor, Department of Business Studies.
15.50–15.55 Break
15.55–16.10 “Micro-Fluidics Against a Macro-Problem: Rapid Diagnostics of AMR in Bloodstream Infections”
Christer Malmberg, Chief Scientist at Gradientech.
16.15–16.30 “Perspectives on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Among Swedish Physicians and Veterinarians”
Hedvig Gröndal, postodoc, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
16.35–16.50 “Making the Antibiotics Hit the Right Bacteria: New Delivery Approaches to More Efficient Medicines Without Adverse Reactions”
Christel Bergström, Professor, Department of Pharmacy.
16.50–17.00 Concluding remarks
Anders Karlen, Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry.
17.00–17.10 Break
17.10–18.00 After session with Professor Gerry Wright (exclusive for young researchers who have registered to attend)
Moderator: Eva Garmendia, Coordinator, Uppsala Antibiotic Center.

Göran Gustafsson – a true philanthropist in the world of science

Göran Gustafsson
Göran Gustafsson (1919–2003)

Göran Gustafsson was born in the far north of Sweden. Becoming a successful businessman, notably in real estate, Göran Gustafsson created the economic basis for his donations to two foundations that promote basic scientific research. Through these donations, Göran Gustafsson’s vision was to provide Swedish researchers with the required conditions for competing with the best researchers in the world.

In 1986 Göran Gustafsson created a foundation to support basic research in the field of medicine at Uppsala University and in the field of engineering physics at both the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Uppsala University. The Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research at Uppsala University and KTH started with a donation of 136 million Swedish SEK and currently Awards 14 million crowns in grants annually.

In 1989 The Göran Gustafsson Foundation for Research in Natural Sciences and Medicine was established, with a donation of 270 million SEK. Today the foundation makes awards of approximately 27 million SEK annually. The primary objective of this foundation is to promote basic science in molecular biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and medicine.

In an interview in 1993, Göran Gustafsson explained why he sold his property portfolio and donated more than SEK 400 million to foundations, where the return goes to rewarding outstanding researchers:

“The money has been my tools. When the craftsman retires, he leaves the tools for those who can best take over. I want to create conditions for researchers to develop methods that improve nature and our environment. I feel bad when I think about the environmental damage that we have contributed to. This is a thank you to the society that gave me the chance!”

Göran Gustafsson's efforts have not remained unpaid, already in 1987 he received the Uppsala University Gustaf Adolf medal. The same year he was made a technology honorary doctor at KTH. When King Carl XVI Gustaf and three other friends of Uppsala University were awarded the title of honorary member of Uppsala University in 1990, Göran Gustafsson was one of the three.

Last modified: 2023-04-12