On 29th September 2010, it was decided that the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre (GNC) would be founded within the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg. The centre was established at its current location at Kungsgatan 12 in Gothenburg as early as 1st February 2011. The centre is being led by Professor Christopher Gillberg, along with Elisabet Wentz, the holder of the Birgit Olsson lectureship. Some 80 researchers are currently affiliated with the centre, which focuses on research concerning neurodevelopment and neuropsychiatry, particularly autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and anorexia nervosa across the lifecycle. In its first year the GNC organised several notable events. The GNC in Gothenburg was inaugurated by HRH Queen Silvia and 2011 also saw the inauguration of the GNC in Kōchi, Japan.
Since 2011 the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre has been organising the annual Birgit Olsson lecture. The lecture is given by an international authority in the field of one of the centre’s preferred research areas: anorexia nervosa, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. In 2011 Professor Janet Treasure gave a lecture on the link between anorexia nervosa and autism spectrum disorder. In 2012 Professor Eric Taylor held a lecture on ADHD treatment. In 2013 the Birgit Olsson lecture was held by Professor Thomas Bourgeron and covered the progress in autism genetics in recent years.
2014 professor Cynthia Bulik gave a lecture on the myths associated with eating disorders. Professor Joseph Biederman, the lecturer in 2015, talked about neurobiological aspects of ADHD across the lifecycle. In 2016 the lecture will be held by Professor Fred Volkmar and the title of his talk is ”The changing face of autism”.
In 2015 a new series of lectures were instituted, ”The Mary Coleman lecture”, which will be held every two years by a prominent researcher within the field of autism spectrum disorder or related conditions. The first lecture was held by Professor Mary Coleman herself. The second Mary Coleman lecture will take place in 2017 and Professor Christopher Gillberg will talk on “Autism from A to Z”.
In the left margin of the page, links to lectures, inaugurations, and conferences can be found. Several of the links also contain entire films and clips of the events.