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About us

About the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine.

Wallenberg Centre of Molecular and Translational Medicine is a research Center at the University of Gothenburg. The Center is built in cooperation with Region Västra Götaland and AstraZeneca. The close interaction between the partners have been of importance to ensure that researchers from basic research diciplines meet with clinically oriented researchers for a truly translational focus.

The investment covers SEK 620 million over a ten year period. The Wallenberg Foundation has previously decided to contribute 270 million, Västra Götaland 150 million, Astra Zeneca will contribute with time and resources comprising 40 million for the first four years (with a possible extension thereafter), while the University of Gothenburg enters 160 million.

Steering Committee

  • Malin Broberg, Vice-Chancellor (chair)
  • Carina Mallard, Vice-Chancellor for research
  • Göran Hilmersson, Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Lena Carlsson, Assistant Dean for research, Sahlgrenska Academy
  • Anders Carlquist, FoU-director, Region Västra Götaland
  • Pernille Laerkegaard Hansen, Head of Department, Chronic Kidney Disease, CVRM iMED, AstraZeneca Göteborg

Co-Opted Members

  • Göran K Hansson, representing Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
  • J. Gustav Smith, Director WCMTM
  • Margit Mahlapuu, Co-Director WCMTM
  • Camilla Skånberg, Research Coordinator WCMTM

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

  • Professor David Carling, Professor of Biochemistry, Institute of Clinical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
  • Professor Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, MD, Head of Department for Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Professor Leif Andersson, MD,Professor in Pathology,  Helsinki University, Finland


J. Gustav Smith


J. Gustav Smith is the director of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine. He is also professor of cardiology at the Sahlgrenska Academy and chief physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. His research is mainly focused on molecular epidemiology.

Margit Mahlapuu


Margit Mahlapuu is the co-director of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational Medicine. She is also professor of molecular genetics at the Faculty of Science. She runs a research group focusing on type 2 diabetes and has experience from C-level management in drug discovery and development.

Camilla Skånberg

Research coordinator

Camilla Skånberg is responsible for coordination and development towards our fellows, partners and national programs. Camilla holds a PhD in physiology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, and did her post doc at the Wallenberg laboratory. Camilla also has an upper secondary school teacher's degree in biology and chemistry, and has work as teacher and team leader.

Charbel Sader

Communications and event

Charbel Sader is responsible for external and internal communication at the centre, and coordinates both local and national events that WCMTM are part of or organizes. Charbel has previously worked with the university-wide research infrastructure Core Facilities at the Sahlgrenska academy as well as with national efforts supported by SciLifeLab and the Swedish Research Council.

Kristina Lindblom


The National Effort

The Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine the University of Gothenburg along with the universities in Lund, Umeå and Linköping, and also SciLifeLab, forms a part of a national initiative to help Sweden regain its world leading position within medical research.


The Wallenberg Centers for Molecular Medicine represents a ten-year and more than 800 million SEK investment from KAW encompassing young scientists from the fields of molecular and translational medicine. This recruitment of fellows and associated clinical fellows, specialists in clinical medicine, builds on the KAW national effort to reposition Sweden as a world-leading life science nation. The four WCMMs are located at University of Gothenburg, Linköping University, Lund University and Umeå University. Each center is co-funded by the universities, municipalities, regions, industry organizations and other local funding.