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The Pediatric Research Foundation at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital

A healthy and harmonious childhood is the basis for our well-being. One would think, therefore, that medical research in children's diseases would be one of society's priorities. But that is not always so -- there is often a gap between the finances needed for the research and those provided.

By raising funds from a spectrum of private donors -- individual and corporate -- the Pediatric Research Foundation of Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital bridges part of this gap.

The Foundation finances research fellowships as well as the development of research laboratories at the hospital. In addition, collaborative Indo-Swedish research specifically addressing child diseases among poor children in India was launched in 2009, for a five years reseach in partnership with the IKEA Foundation. The fields selected are infectious diseases, immunology and newborn illnesses. The first four-year study concerns pneumonia and will be completed in 2014. The second study concerns meningitis and encephalitis, and has started in the beginning of 2013.

The hospital is part of Sweden's Karolinska Institute & University Hospital, and the research supported by the Foundation is typically carried out by one or several units within the Department of Woman and Child Health, the work focusing on neonatology, pediatric neurology, endocrinology and clinical pediatrics.

The Foundation operates under Swedish government supervision and is under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Silvia.

Scientific Committee

Hugo Lagercrantz, Senior Professor of Pediatrics, Karolinska Institutet (KI)
Eli Gunnarsson, PhD, Pediatric neurologist, Cell and Molecular Biology, KI
Jakob Frie, Chairman, PhD, pediatrician, KI
Ola Nilsson, professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, KI
Ronny Wickström, PhD , Pediatric neurologist, KI
Anna Undeman Asarnoj, PhD, Pediatric allergist, KI

Honorary Member: Professor Bengt Samuelsson, Nobel Laureate

Foundation Board Members

Hans Curman, LL.B, chairman of the board
Cari Hårderup, Lawyer
Annica Wård, Controller
Hugo Lagercrantz, Senior Professor of Pediatrics, Karolinska Institutet (KI)
Svante Norgren, Head of Astrid Lindgrens barnsjukhus, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset
Charlotte Pataky, PR strategist
Olle Söder, Professor of Pediatrics, Karolinska Institutet (KI)
Jakob Frie, MD PhD, Astrid Lindgrens barnsjukhus
Anna Engebretsen, MSc in Business and Economics
Anne-Charlotte Knutsson, Communications Manager

For questions regarding pediatric research, please contact:
Professor Olle Söder
tel 0046 705 939592

For questions regarding donations/contributions/cooperations, please contact:
Mr Hans Curman
tel 0046 70 677 44 07

For questions regarding applications, please contact:
Jakob Frie

Other questions, please contact: 

Postal address and Swedish registration number:
The Pediatric Research Foundation at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital
c/o Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Tema Barn och Kvinnosjukvård, S3:04
Att: Mia Granlund
Karolinska vägen
SE- 171 74 Solna (Sweden)

Reg. no.: 802402-1894

IKEA Foundation, partner since 2009



International collaboration in India: Dr. Aggarwal, Prof. Söder, Dr. Wickström, Prof. Mrs Singhi, Dr. Nilsson, PGIMER Director Dr. Chawla, Prof. Singhi.