AcademiaNet member Hanna Isaksson, Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Lund University, has been elected to join the Young Academy of Sweden for the period 2018–2023. It is an independent, interdisciplinary platform for Sweden’s most prominent young researchers.
The Young Academy of Sweden aims at shaping the academic future of Sweden by initiating cross-disciplinary encounters with the potential to spark innovative ideas and to inspire, promote and disseminate discourse in science and research. Furthermore, the forum provides researchers with a strong voice to represent their interests to the public and policy makers. Members gather four times a year across institutional and disciplinary borders to advance their visions regarding comprehensive cooperation, outreach and research policy.
Prof Isaksson was chosen to be part of the academy for her outstanding track record in the study of bone biomechanics and mechanobiology, focusing on functional imaging, characterisation of bone damage and fracture mechanisms as well as on bone fracture healing processes. Together with her team, she recently began researching early mineralisation in embryonic bones using fluorescence and Wide-angle X-ray scattering. The high resolution lets them see how calcium depositions turn into mineral crystals in the course of development. Moreover, she investigates cartilage and tendon biomechanics and mechanobiology.
The Young Academy of Sweden was formed at the initiative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and currently has 33 members. Membership is limited to a period of five years, which means that the Academy constantly renews itself. Prof Isaksson is one of seven AcademiaNet members to currently hold a seat in the forum. The others are: Anna Rising, Anna Dreber, Ericka Johnson, Sanna Koskiniemi, Virginia Langum and Maria Tenje.