Welcome to the Hjelt Foundations
The three Hjelt Foundations were created because of very important events that have considerably influenced my life.
Having lost a child due to Spina Bifida, a most traumatic experience that no family should have to go through, the Bo Hjelt Foundation for Spina Bifida in memory of Madeleine Hjelt was set up to aid research into its’ prevention.
The Bo and Kerstin Hjelt Foundation for research into Diabetes II was set up because, being a diabetic myself, I wanted to contribute to research in this field as it is increasing rapidly worldwide.
Finally, The Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation was created in honour of my parents. I wanted to return to Finland some pieces of art that my Finnish-born father had collected; and to create the Falsterbonaset Open Air Museum in memory of my mother’s happy times in Falsterbo (five bronze statues by the Swedish sculptor Gudmar Olovson).
The Hjelt Foundations’ main objectives are to support scientific research and to work towards the internationalization of Finnish art life.
Architect, professor Toshiko Mori and Master’s Students in Architecture, Florence Lam and Benjamin Hayes, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will explore future opportunities for the Säynätsalo Town Hall, one of Alvar Aalto’s icons of modern architecture. Read more
We congratulate the new Diabetes grant holders for 2018! Enming Zhang and Isabella Artner, Lund University Diabetes Centre – LUDC. Karim Gariani and Cecilia Jiménez Sánchez, University of Geneva. Read more
During the World Diabetes Day on November 5 in Malmö, Sweden, Kerstin Hjelt represented the Hjelt Diabetes Foundation by sharing information about the Foundation’s aim to support diabetes researchers in Lund and Geneva. The World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. In addition to the exhibition, visitors came to listen to lectures on current research. The theme for WDD 2017 is Women and Diabetes.