Kristina Åkesson

SSkane University Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine,
Lund University.
Lund, Sweden

Kristina Åkesson is professor of Orthopedics at the Department of Orthopedics at Skane University Hospital Malmö, and at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden. She is currently serving as deputy dean (prodean) at the Faculty of Medicine. At present she is leading the Clinical and Molecular Osteoporosis Research Group; her research projects are focused on risk and protective factors in young adult and old women, delineating their importance for fracture, osteoporosis and aging. This includes factors to maximize bone mass but also genetic contribution and factors of importance with advancing age (kidney function, low grade inflammation; frailty and neuromuscular function). She is also engaged in translational bone research to understand underlying mechanisms of osteoporosis . She is a founding member of the Bone and Joint Decade and member of the international steering committee Global Alliance of Musculoskeletal Health, and member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation committee of scientific advisors chairing the IOF working-group on fractures. She was co-chair of the WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-based Health Care in Musculoskeletal Disorders (Lund) and has served as advisor to the Swedish Medical Product Agency and Board on Health and Welfare. She is deputy member of the editorial board of “Osteoporosis International” and previously associate editor of “BMC Geriatrics” and on the board of “Acta Orthopedica”.