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History of Forensic Psychiatry Research Group and CELAM

Anders Forsman hired as visiting professor of forensic psychiatry at the National Board of Forensic Medicine and the University of Gothenburg. Agneta Brimse and Monika Montell joined the staff as research secretaries.
1995. Henrik Anckarsäter (Söderström at that time) began his doctoral studies and one year later began specialist training at the National Board of Forensic Medicine in Gothenburg. He worked with Anders Forsman to launch the Gothenburg Forensic Neuropsychiatry Project and the Gothenburg Sexual Child Abuse Studies. Anita Carlstedt, Anna-Kari Sjödin and Anders Manhem collaborated in the Projects.

1998. Psychologists Thomas Nilsson, PhD, and Åsa Bergwall, PhD, hired as postdocs.

2000. The group published its first international research manuscript, followed by a growing number of publications each year.

2002. Henrik Anckarsäter defended his thesis ‘Neuropsychiatric background factors to violent crime’.

2003. Ola Ståhlberg hired as research assistant. Collaboration with philosophers at the University of Gothenburg began (FILUR) under Professor Helge Malmgren. The Swedish Research Council and the Swedish National Board of Institutional Care approved major research grants to the group for the first time. This event also marked the start of the CATSS and SiS-CAT studies.

2004. Henrik Anckarsäter appointed chief of staff at the Forensic Psychiatry Clinic in Malmö, and through a collaborative effort between Malmö and Gothenburg, a southern Swedish research network was established. The next year, several employees hired in Malmö, including six doctoral candidates (Björn Hofvander, Tomas Larson, Sara-Lina Hansson, Pontus Höglund, Christina Gustavson, Sebastian Lundström), along with department secretary Anita Larsson.

2006. Henrik Anckarsäter appointed visiting professor at Université de Paris XII, establishing extensive collaboration with clinicians and geneticists in Paris.

2007. Through a collaboration agreement between the University of Gothenburg, the National Board of Forensic Medicine and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, a professorship of forensic psychiatry was established. Associate Professor Lennart Meyer became head of the Forensic Psychiatry Department in Malmö and Anders Yngvesson Rastenberger hired as secretary. Henrik Anckarsäter was on sick leave half-time for most of the year; several projects postponed. Nevertheless the DOGSS project was able to continue under the leadership of Sebastian Lundström. Björn Hofvander, Marielle Nyman and Helena Andreas initiated the UPRIGHT project in Malmö as part of their degree project.

2008. Henrik Anckarsäter appointed professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Gothenburg on January 1, and along with Anders Forsman, established the Forensic Psychiatry research group in Gothenburg. Associate Professor Peter Andiné joined the group and was appointed clinical director of the Forensic Psychiatry Department at the National Board of Forensic Medicine in Gothenburg. The research group was assigned to the premises of Lillhagsparken, with Åse Holl as secretary. By agreement, the Swedish Prison and Probation Service supported three full-time researchers for the group, who formed a local research and development team within the administrative agency under the leadership of Fredrik Dahlin. Considerable work within FILUR and gathering of data by architect Morgan Andersson regarding all new construction of forensic psychiatric clinical departments in Sweden.

2009. A number of strategic appointments carried out, including postdoctoral researcher Sebastian Lundström, who moved from Malmö to Gothenburg. Dr. Nóra Kerekes, Dr. Caroline Wass and Associate Professor Alessio degl’Innocenti hired to expand our biological research in order to prepare for possible treatment studies. Dr. Eva Billstedt hired to initiate the DIS-CAT 2.0/DAABS project, along with Björn Hofvander and Märta Wallinius, who became registered doctoral candidates. Dr. Susanna Radovic and Dr. Christer Svennerlind hired to work with the group’s philosophical collaborative projects. On May 8, the research group was inaugurated by the Minister of Justice, Beatrice Ask. The goal of the group for the next ten years was to understand the developmental process associated with antisocial aggression in the 1% group of the population that is responsible for over half of all violent crimes, in order to be able to prevent some of these crimes. Björn Hofvander defended his thesis ‘AD/HD and autism spectrum disorders in adults’ in Malmö. Henrik Anckarsäter became visiting professor at Lund University to further develop the Malmö portion of the research group. Textbook on accountability presented at the Gothenburg Book Fair in September. Charlotte Jakobsson hired as project coordinator. Christian Munthe and David Brax joined the group.

2010. Two theses defended during the year: Rolf Anckarsäter ‘Neurochemical and neuroendocrine reactions during non-neurological surgery’ in Gothenburg and Christina Gustavson ‘Risk assessments in forensic psychiatry’ in Malmö. Dr. Sven Brändström did a post doc in the group.

2011. The research group presented a large program at the Forensic Psychiatry world conference in Berlin (IALMH, www.ialmh.org). An online course in forensic psychiatry for resident physicians was developed. Sebastian Lundström defended his thesis ‘Autistic-like traits’ in Malmö. Hedvig Krona, Alva Stråge and Ida Hallgren registered as doctoral candidates. Stefan Axelsson became a new member of the group. Dr. Ann-Sophie Lindqvist joined the group as a postdoc. Agneta Brimse, who had been with the group from the start and who played a key role in its development, passed away in November and is greatly missed.

2012. Out of the old research group and the FILUR network, a new university centre formed in Gothenburg, the Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health (CELAM), headed by Dr. Susanna Radovic and a steering committee, with plans for an international advisory board. The group moved from Lillhagsparken to Wallingatan in Mölndal. Two theses defended: Anita Carlstedt ‘Child sexual abuse’ in Gothenburg and Märta Wallinius ‘Aggressive antisocial behaviour’ in Malmö. Tova Bennet hired for the research project ‘Insiktsförmåga och handlingskontroll’ [‘Capacity for insight and control over actions’] and to coordinate the review of the Psychiatry Law Commission. Thomas Nilsson appointed senior lecturer in forensic psychology. Örjan Falk, MD, registered as doctoral candidate. Dr. Danilo Garcia began his postdoc in the group.

2013. Sebastian Lundström received the Life Watch Young Autism Researcher Award, which is awarded to researchers in autism or oncology. Sara Bromander defended her doctorate thesis ‘Neurobiological markers for personality, inflammation and stress’ in Gothenburg. Christina Lund defended her thesis ‘Mentally disordered offenders – longitudinal study of forensic psychiatric assessments and criminal recidivism’ in Gothenburg, and Tomas Larson defended his thesis ‘A-TAC, The Autism-Tics, ADHD and other Comorbidities inventory: studies in reliability and validity’ in Malmö/Lund. Lena Lundholm became acting head of the group for staff employed within the Swedish Prison and Probation Service. Henrik Bergman registered as doctoral candidate. Dr. Steinn Steingrimsson and Dr. Irini Alexiou became postdocs in the group. Tova Bennet registered as doctoral candidate.

Page Manager: Stefan Axelsson|Last update: 8/27/2014

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