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Birgit Olsson Lectures

The Birgit Olsson Lecture is a lecture series given by world authorities on autism, adhd, and anorexia nervosa.

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Who was Birgit Olsson?

Birgit Olsson, wife of Stena company founder Sten A Olsson, left money in her will to institute “The Birgit and Sten A Olsson’s foundation for furthering research on psychiatric disorders”.

The foundation contributes to the financing of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, and the Birgit Olsson lectureship linked to the centre. The Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre will primarily conduct research on autism, ADHD and anorexia nervosa.

The Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre was founded in 2010 and features a group of approximately 80 research active people. The Birgit Olsson lecture is a yearly event featuring a distinguished autism, ADHD or anorexia nervosa researcher who will lecture on one of these topics. A written summary along with the film of the lecture can be found on the following pages.

Previous lectures

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2011

Building Coherence from Mechanism to Treatment in Eating Disorders

Professor Janet Treasure, United Kingdom

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2012

Use and Misuse of ADHD treatments in Childhood and Adult Life

Professor Eric Taylor, United Kingdom

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2013

From Synaptic Genes to Brain Connectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Professor Thomas Bourgeron, France

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2014

Toward a Science of Eating Disorders - Replacing Myths with Realities

Professor Cynthia Bulik, USA

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2015

Current Concepts in the Neurobiology of ADHD Across the Lifecycle

Professor Joseph Biederman, USA

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2016

The Changing Face of Autism

Professor Fred Volkmar, USA

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2017

Improving understanding of the avoidance and restriction of food intake: Picky eating, ARFID and Anorexia Nervosa

Associate Professor Rachel Bryant-Waugh, United Kingdom

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2018

The Second Attention Disorder - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo vs. ADHD

Dr Russell Barkley, USA

Birgit Olsson Lecture 2019

Maltreatment-Associated Psychiatric Problems - How Trauma and ESSENCE are Linked

Professor Helen Minnis, United Kingdom

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