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Inauguration of the GNC; the Queen Silvia lecture

HRH Queen Silvia inaugurated the GNC on 26th May 2011 at a ceremony in the Wallenberg hall on Medicinareberget in Gothenburg. The ceremony took place in the afternoon and started with a welcoming address by the Prefect at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Professor Agneta Holmäng. Then, the Queen held a spirited inauguration speech in which she displayed great awareness of the issues at hand and thus the importance of the establishment of the GNC.

Professor Brian Neville, emeritus Prince of Wales Professor of Child Epilepsy at the Institute of Child Health in London and world-leading in the field of child epilepsy, followed with the first Queen Silvia lecture, a speech titled ”Febrile seizures – a neurodevelopmental disorder?”. The lecture was an exposé on what we currently know about febrile seizures in children. Professor Neville brought up the fact that even as early as in ancient Greece one knew a great deal about this enigmatic condition. A lot of Professor Neville's presentation centered on atypical febrile seizures, i.e. long-lasting convulsions, and their long-term consequences. In this context Professor Neville also described a correlation with neuropsychiatric conditions. Professor Neville ended his lecture by passing along the best wishes of the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, for the opening of the GNC. Professor Christopher Gillberg then gave a concluding address in which he thanked all the speakers for their respective contributions as well as everyone who has made the formation of the GNC possible.

After the speeches, guests were treated to refreshments and canapés. A little over 150 invited guests, both national and international, participated at the ceremony. Among the guests were for example the family of Sten A Olsson represented by Dan Sten Olsson, managing director and CEO of Stena AB, with his wife Jane Thorburn Olsson, as well as county chief Lars Bäckström and his wife. The event was very well received and Professor Neville's lecture was covered as first-page news in the largest Gothenburg newspaper, Göteborgs-Posten.

The programme in its entirety, complete with all of the speeches and lectures, is available as a video clip at the top right of this page.


Queen Silvia Lecture

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