Wissler-Kumar Lectureship in Pathology

Göran K Hansson, MD, PhD
Professor of Cardiovascular Research
Department of Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital
Stockholm, Sweden

The Cross Roads of Immunology and Atherosclerosis

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 12 NOON
BSLC - Auditorium 109

924 E. 57th Street

The University of Chicago is delighted to announce that the inaugural Wissler-Kumar lectureship in Pathology will be given by Professor Göran K. Hansson, from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Göran K. Hansson is Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Karolinska Institute and works in the Department of Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital and its Center for Molecular Medicine. He received his MD and PhD at Gothenburg University School of Medicine in Sweden, was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA, and has been Professor of Cell Biology at Gothenburg University and Leducq Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA.

From 1 July 2015, Dr. Hansson is the Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nobel Foundation and has been a member of the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute since 1997. He chaired its Nobel Committee 2004-6 and was its secretary and Director of the Medical Nobel Institute 2009-2014. He is a member of Academia Europaea and has received several awards and honorary doctorates for his contributions to medicine.

Dr. Hansson´s research deals with immune and inflammatory mechanisms in atherosclerosis. He discovered that atherosclerosis involves a local inflammatory immune response in the artery wall, that low-density lipoprotein (LDL) can act as an autoantigen, and that immunosuppressive drugs inhibit arterial restenosis, a principle used in current therapy. His current work deals with T cell differentiation, immunoregulatory mechanisms, and atheroprotective immunity.

Dr. Hansson has published 410 scientific papers (including original papers, reviews, and chapters), supervised 24 PhD students and 18 postdoctoral fellows.