Published: 17-09-2014 13:16 | Updated: 17-09-2014 13:16

Award of Håkan Mogren Prize to Carl Johan Fürst

The Håkan Mogren Foundation has selected the Senior Physician and Professor of Palliative Medicine, Carl Johan Fürst, as the recipient of the Foundation’s 2014 medical prize. Professor Fürst is awarded the prize for, and on behalf of, his ongoing contribution to human health and wellbeing

Carl Johan Fürst is a specialist in oncology and works to optimise, as far as possible, the last stages of life for patients where no medical cure is available. During the 1980’s he was involved in building up a consultation service at Radiumhemmet, the department of oncology at the Karolinska Hospital, to other care units in order to provide cancer patients, in the final stages of life, with appropriate oncological and palliative care. He has been a leading figure in building up palliative care at Stockholm Sjukhem (private non-profit hospital and nursing home).

In his work, Carl Johan Fürst has created many national and international contacts facilitating access to knowledge and models for the introduction of palliative care programmes. He is actively engaged in the Swedish Council for Palliative Care and in the Swedish Palliative Network (monthly e-newsletter for those involved in palliative care) and has been a member of the Ethics Committee of The Swedish Society of Medicine. Knowledge of, and different approaches to, palliative care are passed on through such channels to other diagnostic groups. Teaching for healthcare personnel, led by Carl Johan Fürst, play an essential role in knowledge transmission.

Carl Johan Fürst is a Senior Physician and, since 2013, Professor of Palliative Medicine at Lund University. He is Director of the Palliative Centre at Lund University (Region Skåne). He is also closely connected with the Department of Oncology-Pathology at Karolinska Institutet and divides his time between research, development, supervision and active clinical activities.

The Håkan Mogren Foundation was established in 2012. Its purpose is partly to promote education and research within the medical field and partly to promote the education and training of classical musicians, particularly singers.