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Jan-Ingvar Jönsson

Secretary General for Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council

Jan-Ingvar Jonsson

Jan-Ingvar Jönsson is currently Secretary General for Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council, where he has held several commissions since 2013. His main responsibilities are the development of high-quality research programs and funding schemes in medicine, life science and clinical research as well as in public health and health care research. He is also involved in different aspects of assessment and impact of research within the health care sector.

Jan-Ingvar has a background in immunology and obtained his PhD after five years at the Max-Planck-Institute in Freiburg, Germany. After working as postdoctoral researcher in stem cell biology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, he returned to Sweden in the mid 90’s to establish a career as independent investigator in haematology cancer biology, and drug targeting.  

Jan-Ingvar is national representative of several international organisations and is since 2018 he is chair of International Consortium of Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed). He is also acting chair of the Joint programming initiative of antimicrobial resistance (JPIAMR). In addition, he is involved in collaboration between several other research funding agencies and policy makers worldwide. For example, he is chair of the joint committee of the Nordic medical research councils (NOS-M) and has previously been board member of JPND in neurodegenerative diseases and member of the Governing Council of WHO international agency for research on cancer (IARC).