The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health

The Swedish Research Council's Scientific Council for Medicine and Health supports research of the highest scientific quality in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and healthcare science. The Scientific Council has eleven members, nine of which have been elected by researchers at Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs).

Responsible for allocating research funding

The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health decides which calls will be made within medicine, odontology, pharmacology and healthcare science. They also decide on which applications will be awarded grants. To help them, they have 20 review panels with some 160 members, who examine and prioritise the applications that are submitted to the Swedish Research Council, before the Scientific Council takes a decision. It is the Scientific Council that appoints members to the review panels.

Following up and evaluating research in the area

The Scientific Council follows up, evaluates and develops strategies for the area, for example through research overviews. The Scientific Council finances Swedish participation in several international collaborations and conducts a regular dialogue with the HEIs through a reference group with representatives (deans and pro-deans) from the country's pharmaceutical and medical faculties.

Composition of the Scientific Council

The Scientific Council for Medicine and Health has eleven members. Nine of the members are active researchers and are elected by researchers at Swedish HEIs‌. The Government appoints the other two members, one from the healthcare sector and one from the pharmaceutical industry or the biotechnology industry. The term of office is three years and members can be reelected for a further three years.

The Scientific Council meets six times a year.

Members 2019–2021



Anna M Blom (chair)

Lund University

Dan Andersson

Uppsala University

Niklas Arnberg

Umeå University

Elias Arnér

Karolinska Institutet, KI

Elisabeth Björk

Pharmaceutical industry

Johannes Blom

Healthcare sector

Charlotta Dabrosin

Linköping University

Abdel El Manira

Karolinska Institutet, KI

Louise von Essen

Uppsala University

Ann Hellström

University of Gothenburg

Marie Wahren-Herlenius

Karolinska Institutet, KI


PublISHED ON 25 May 2018

UpDATED ON 16 May 2019

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