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"Small Child Foundation" - the latest "kamikaze" project

Stefan Johansson


I am a "project-oriented" person, i.e. I get a lot of "brilliant ideas", and try to realize some of them. With variable success/failure. Another side of this personality trait is that I get bored quite easily, if things get... boring :)

The latest project I took the initiative is... a large Swedish charity foundation for peri-/neonatal research: Lilla barnets fond (Small child foundation). We (me, five other neonatologists, and one premie-parent) are just about to finish the formal paperwork and we plan for an official launch in a few months.

Swedes are donating increasing amounts of money to charity foundations. For example - last year the Child cancer foundation recieved 14 million euro. Since research in neonatal medicine lacks funding from a large-scale fund-raising organisation, I thought we should start one. With the ultimate aim to marginalise the (generally accepted) idea that research is something that can be done with embarrasingly low scholarships, or during free time (evenings, weekends). There's no natural law that neonatal research in Sweden should not paid by salaries.

"kamikaze" project?! Well, similar to other projects, there's a great risk this project will drive me to the rim of work-overload. If I had been in therapy, someone would have told me that it is part of the "pattern".



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