2017 Mark A Atkinson
2015 Harry Heimberg
2014 Andrew F Stewart
2013 Ezio Bonifacio
2012 Susumo Seino
2011 Gordon Weir
2010 Steven E. Kahn
2009 Timo Otonkoski
2008 Frances M Ashcroft
2007 Nicholas J Wareham
2006 Susan Bonner-Weir
2005 Patrik Rorsman
2004 Jean-Phillipe Assal
2003 Anne Clark
2002 Lois Jovanovic
2001 Ray V Rajotte
2000 Mikael Knip
1999 Claes B Wollheim
1998 Oluf Pedersen
1997 Ole D Madsen
1996 Hannele Yki-Järvinen
1995 Danny Pipeleers
1994 Robert C Turner
1993 Donald F Steiner
1992 C Nicholas Hales
1991 Eleuterio Ferrannini
1990 David ER Sutherland
1989 Philip E Cryer
1988 Norbert Freinkel
1987 Jörn Nerup
1986 Paul E Lacy

Kroc lectures...

Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc Lecture

Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc
Ray A. (right) and Robert L. Kroc

The annual Kroc lecture at the medical faculty, Uppsala University, was originally financed by a donation from The Kroc Foundation, Santa Barbara, California, USA. In 1954 Ray A. Kroc (1902-1984) started the well-known hamburger chain McDonald’s, which soon made him one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in USA. His desire to donate some of the profit to charity was realized in 1965 by the establishment of Ray A. Kroc Foundation in Chicago. The aim of the Foundation was to support research on chronic diseases including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. The following 20 years Ray’s brother Robert L. Kroc (born 1907; originally working with endocrine research within the drug industry) was chairman of the foundation. During this period about 370 million SEK were distributed to research groups within USA but also to some foreign groups, one of which were at the Department of Medical Cell Biology, Uppsala University. The latter support focused on research on treatment of diabetes by transplantation of insulin producing cells.

After Ray A. Kroc’s demise the foundation was dissolved in April 1985. On this occasion several donations were awarded including 3 grants to Professorships (1 million USD each) and 84 grants to annual lectures (50 000 USD each) at different universities and research centres. Five of those were awarded to countries outside USA (Canada, England and Sweden). The donation to Sweden went to Uppsala University and the purpose was that the revenue should support an annual lecture about diabetes research. All lecturers have been internationally leading scientists in the diabetes field and the donation has played an important role to develop an international network for diabetes research in Uppsala.

Kroc lectures...