Mattias Larsson is an associate professor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; a medical doctor in pediatrics and infectious diseases; and an honorary professor at Hanoi Medical University. Currently, he is Director of the Training and Research Academic Centre (TRAC), Sweden/Vietnam – a collaborative project between five Swedish and three Vietnamese universities. He has worked for a total of 10 years in Vietnam on research collaboration focusing largely on HIV/AIDS and drug resistance (antibiotics and antiviral drugs). He has been inspired by the Vietnamese culture and has therefore deepened his knowledge of the culture. He has built effective professional collaborations with the Vietnamese healthcare system, the research community as well as the local and national authorities.
Since successfully defending his doctoral thesis in 2003, Dr. Larsson has been working at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital, combining clinical work with research and teaching while assisting the implementation of an HIV/AIDS program in Vietnam through USAID and the Clinton Foundation. He is also a senior clinical researcher at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam. He has worked in other low- and middle-income countries including Peru, Bolivia, India, Thailand, Laos and Tanzania. He is the principal investigator for the project “A Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Effect of Group Peer Support to Children with HIV in Relation to Adherence, Virological Treatment Failure as well as Physical Development” implemented in Vietnam. He has been the doctoral thesis advisor for four Vietnamese doctoral students who defended their theses at Karolinska Institute.
He speaks Swedish (native language), English (fluent), Vietnamese (fluent in speaking and reading, some writing), German (good command of speaking and reading, some writing) and some Spanish. Through his experience in research, teaching and clinical work, Dr. Larsson has led his team members work effectively in constantly changing environments. He has extensive experience in planning, developing, managing and evaluating programs independently.