Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre (GNC) was founded in September 2010, and officially inaugurated by HRH Queen Silvia in May 2011. GNC works actively to recruit young scientists in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Our aim is to significantly increase the number of PhDs, dissertations, post-doctoral positions and senior researchers within research areas such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder/Conduct Disorder (ODD/CD), anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, intellectual developmental disorder, communication disorders, dyslexia, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and other ESSENCE (Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examinations). Since 2011 twelve public defences have taken place at the GNC (see Public defences and theses).
The staff at GNC Gothenburg consists of individuals from different departments within the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology as well as from the Institute of Clinical Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Staff and co-workers at other Swedish universities and in other countries work in child and adolescent psychiatry, child neurology, community medicine, general medicine, epidemiology, psychology, neurophysiology and health and care sciences. Eight visiting professors are associated with the GNC.
There are several intense ongoing collaborations with other universities nationally and internationally. The centre’s external collaborators include, among others, University College London, Glasgow University, University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Bergen, Kōchi University, Young Epilepsy, Pasteur Institute and the University of Lisbon.
The GNC works to ensure the dissemination of research using scientific and popular science publications. The GNC also communicates through newsletters, Facebook and Twitter. The GNC arranges conferences on a national and international basis as well as the recurrent Birgit Olsson- och Mary Coleman lectures.
More than 75 researchers are currently linked to the GNC.
GNC Reports October 2010-present
As part of her last will and testament, Birgit Olsson, married to Sten A Olsson, founder of the Stena sphere, donated money to create the "Birgit and Sten A Olsson foundation for research on mental disabilities".
The foundation is financing the creation of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre and Birgit Olsson's lectureship, which will be tied to the centre.
According to the foundation, GNC and the lectureship will primarily focus on research in the field of neuropsychiatry/neurodevelopment, including ADHD, autism and anorexia nervosa.
In conjunction with the instatement of GNC in September of 2010, the centre also received strategic grants from the Sahlgrenska Academy.