AWRAD. Anders Palmquist, Associate Professor at the Department of Biomaterials at Sahlgrenska Academy, is this year’s recipient of the Jean Leray Award.
The Jean Leray Award is the European Society for Biomaterials’ most prestigious award for young researchers established to recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding research contributions to the field of biomaterials.
“It is an enormous honor to have received the Jean Leray Award! It means a tremendous amount to receive recognition for my research and it is incredibly inspiring and stimulating for the future,” says Anders Palmquist.
His research is aimed at understanding how the healing process with bone implanted, osseointegrated biomaterials works, for example, with dental implants or various orthopedic implants.
“Bone tissue is a complex tissue that is hierarchically built, with well-defined structures of different length scales that are constantly maintained and adapted to current mechanical needs. Many of the characteristics arise from how they appear at the nano level.
In his research, Anders Palmquist looks at questions of how bone tissue is structurally built at the surface of the implant site, how the outer properties of the implant affect healing, the structure and composition of the interfaces and how strong the mechanical attachment is.
“By understanding how bone is formed and is affected by different material characteristics, it is possible to optimize healing of an implant, so that safer and more secure healing occurs, with reduced healing time for the patient,” says Anders Palmquist.
He also works with more applied research where he investigates how new manufacturing methods can be used to individually adapt implants.
“By making use of additive manufacturing, 3D printing opens new possibilities in the design and manufacture of the next generation’s implants.
Anders Palmquist is this year’s recipient of the Jean Leray Award on the motivation that he has shown significant creativity and methodological skills in imaging and analyzing the composition of the interfaces between biomaterials and tissue. By using an innovative interdisciplinary approach, Anders Palmquist has introduced novel sampling and preparation techniques that enable high-resolution and multi-dimensional imaging and spectroscopic techniques for the analysis of experimental and human biomaterial containing tissue specimens.
Anders Palmquist will receive the award in connection with the next ESB Conference in Athens, Greece, Fall 2017.
BY: JOHANNA HILLGREN