Professor Jan-Eric Litton, Director General BBMRI-ERIC

Jan-Eric Litton is Professor of Biomedical Computing Technology at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He was appointed BBMRI-ERIC's first Director General on 22 January 2014. Litton acts as the chief executive officer and legal representative of BBMRI-ERIC and is responsible to the Assembly of Members. Litton was Executive Director and head of one of the largest medical infrastructure in Sweden – (The Biobanking and Molecular Resource Infrastructure of Sweden). He also coordinated the Nordic BBMRI (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Island, Faroe Island and Estonia). Litton is renowned for his expertise in biobanking and leadership in large-scale projects. He is also heading the development of e-epidemiology by using Internet, cell-phones, digital paper and digital TV for collecting epidemiology data. Litton is involved in 8 large EU projects in medicine, including the: BiobankCloud – Scalable, Secure Storage of Biobank Data. He was one of the driving forces in the FP5 project GenomEUtwin, where an infrastructure was built to link information between the 600 000 twins in seven European Countries and Australia between 2002–2007. He led an infrastructure group in the "EU Coordination Action; Harmonising population-based biobanks and cohort studies to strengthen the foundation of European biomedical science in the post-genome era" 2006, and has been involved in P3G since 2004, he led IWG2 (Information Curation and Information Technology) in P3G during 2004–2008. He was the co-director for the Swedish LifeGene initiative, a prospective cohort based biobank with the aim of 500,000 participants until 2010. Since 2012, Litton is part of the e-science initiative in Sweden with a yearly budget from the Swedish government. Jan-Eric Litton has also made major contributions to the current knowledge in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and was one of the first researchers showing receptor binding with PET technique. He did his post doc at The Research Medicine Department of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Donner Laboratory of the University of California, USA, 1986–1987. Litton has been giving more than 32 invited keynote lecture last six years.