University of Gothenburg
Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Overview of GNC's hub in the Faroe Islands

In the 1980s when Christopher Gillberg was a Visiting Professor at the University of Odense, Kirsten Horder and her associates inspired travels to Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. Here, Christopher Gillberg met with Åsa Ellefsen, Hanna Kampmann, and the then leader of the Faroese parliament, and together they started the Faroese autism studies (with Carina Gillberg and Eva Billstedt joining as well after a few years). Thomas Bourgeron from the GNC hub in Paris came on board in the early 2000s, and this has resulted in a number of groundbreaking genetic autism studies in the Faroe Islands. Rannva Biskupsto and Jonrit Halling have been instrumental in keeping up the collaborative autism studies in the Faroe Islands.