The Jonasson Centre for Medical Imaging was founded after Kerstin and Rune Jonasson decided on a donation to the Royal Institute of Technology. The donation have been placed in a fund called Kerstin and Rune Jonasson's fund. The donation funds shall mainly be used for research in the field of medical technology.
The vision of the Centre is to create a high-tech infrastructure that forms a platform for research collaboration between KTH, Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in the field of medical technology, by acquiring advanced equipment for medical imaging.
During the time that has passed since the donation was created, a number of important activities have been started. Investments have been made to support ongoing research activities, particularly within the School of Technology and Health. A major investment for medical imaging equipment has been prepared. Staff who can handle and use the equipment have been identified and also hired. A special effort has been made to build cooperation between the Royal Institute of Technology and the Technical University of Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea, comprising both research exchanges and scholarships so that people can develop competencies in the subject area of medical imaging.
It is important that the activities that are built up with the donation as a prerequisite are gathered in a special organizational unit. One reason for this is that the visibility of the donation should last both while it is being used and after it has been fully utilized. Another reason is that the donation has provided the prerequisite for a future sustainable addition to KTH's research infrastructure and created a link between activities in the field of medical imaging towards Karolinska Institutet (KI) and at the Karolinska University Hospital. The sustainable development of the Centre will depend on other future collaborations and financiers.