Thanks to the grey, white and blue flyer on the wall
The story of Hanna Aludden and the Osteology Foundation began a few years ago, in 2016 to be precise. Hanna was doing her specialist training at Aalborg University Hospital. One day she went into the building and discovered a small blue, white and grey leaflet on the wall in her coffee room. It was then that she was introduced to the Osteology Foundation. Hanna was always looking for an opportunity to expand and deepen her knowledge outside the university environment, in an international context. After learning more about the Osteology Foundation, she realised that this opportunity was just around the corner.
The beginning of a great long-term partnership
She registered for the International Osteology Symposium in Monaco 2016. After this successful event it was clear to Hanna that this was the beginning of a great long-term partnership. She looks back on this time with pleasure: “The Osteology Monaco 2016 was my first real congress, and everything was so new to me. I was really impressed by it all.” Hanna got a great overview of the different research topics in the field of tissue regeneration which really helped her to keep up with the latest developments. In Monaco she attended the workshop with Dr Istvan Urban on ‘the sausage technique’. “After this workshop, I began to apply the technique in my own work, even conducting a clinical research project using the technique,” she said with a proud smile on her face.
Besides all this new knowledge in science, research and technical skills, she also learned more about the country of France and its people. Especially how beautiful and enchanting Monaco is. She added: “I had never been to Monaco before and it was absolutely amazing.”
The first Osteology Foundation success
Back home in Sweden her first official act was to register on the Global Osteology Community Platform - THE BOX. She describes this as her first real success with the Osteology Foundation. During her doctoral thesis on bone regeneration, she realised how useful the tools on THE BOX could be for her. At that time, she found the ‘Biostatistics Wizard’, the ‘Osteology Research Guidelines’ and the ‘Research Wizard’ to be the most helpful. “I will certainly continue to use these tools in the future,” she said, still convinced today.
Keep going and take opportunities
Two years later, in 2018, Hanna attended the two-day National Osteology Symposium in London. A few months later she was a participant at the Congress of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) in Vienna. During these events she was always inspired to develop her clinical skills. “The experiences gained by participating in such events really keeps the research interest alive,” Hanna added. Due to all the positive experiences with the Osteology Foundation in recent years, she also took part in the International Osteology Barcelona last year. She wanted to take a more active role in the Osteology Barcelona. Therefore, she participated in the ‘Poster Session’ of the symposium. She presented one of her studies from her doctoral thesis. In this study she histologically evaluated different compositions of deproteinized bovine bone mineral (Bio-Oss) and autogenous bone for lateral ridge augmentation. The poster session is a good opportunity to talk to other people and learn more about their research. “I liked where the posters were placed. I could always take a look at it when I walked in and out of the convention centre.”
Like-minded people and impressive encounters
All the events and symposia Hanna attended were great experiences. She got to know many people with whom she still keeps in contact with. “To meet so many people with the same interest is impressive,” she said, still amazed. She also had the pleasure to collaborate with Christer Dahlin. He is a current Board Member and an amazing inspiration to Hanna.
One should set oneself high goals
Currently Hanna is working as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Aalborg University Hospital and in a private practice in the same city. As a future goal in a few years, Hanna aims to become an Osteology Foundation Board Member. True to the motto: One should set oneself high goals. On the way there, she will submit a clinical case to THE BOX, apply for an oral presentation at the next International Osteology Symposium and be inspired again and again by all the amazing people involved with the Osteology Foundation. “Without a doubt, I can recommend to everyone who has an interest in the regeneration of oral tissue to register to THE BOX and become inspired. No matter whether it is a clinical or research interest, or both. And last but not least, take the opportunity to participate in the International and National Osteology Symposia. They are a life-long experiences,” Hanna concludes.