MDH researcher receives ”Laura Bassi Award”

Jun 11, 2018 | Research/Cooperation Global

Recently MDH researcher Maria Lindén received the “Laura Bassi Award” from IFMBE (The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering) in conjunction with the World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering. The prize was awarded to Maria Lindén for her contributions within this field.

Maria Lindén.

– This is great! To receive the “Laura Bassi Award” is a great honour and an international recognition, both for the research I conduct myself and for the research that is done within our research team ESS-H, and in collaboration with our cooperation partners, says Maria Lindén, Professor of Health Technology with specialisation in Biomedical Sensor Systems at MDH.

Every third year IFMBE is co-organising the World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering together with IUPESM (International Union for Physics and Engineering Science in Medicine) and IOMP (International Organisation for Medical Physics). All three are worldwide organisations linked to both the UN and the World Health Organisation (WHO). In connection with the Congress the “Laura Bassi Award” is presented to a woman in the world who has made the greatest contributions to medical engineering. 55 member states were allowed to nominate their candidates, and Maria Lindén was awarded the prize for her work in establishing interdisciplinary collaboration within the field between researchers and the private and public sectors. This is something which has also led to the development of the research profile ESS-H (Embedded Sensor Systems for Health) at MDH.

– We work in a very applied way with our research in Health Technology, and our most important goal is to carry out research in collaboration with municipalities, county councils and companies so that our research can be of benefit to society. It’s a great honour to get appreciation for what I and the whole team in ESS-H have done. It’s our teamwork that has made these results possible, she says.

Within the research profile of ESS-H, researchers, companies, municipalities and county councils work together to develop the technology that will promote health in different ways. Maria Lindén is the Project Manager of the profile, where for example technology with the aim to detect breast tumours and stroke with the aid of microwaves is developed. Another example is a mobile application that can both measure and encourage physical activity for a healthier life.

– To be the recipient of the “Laura Bassi Award” is inspiring and makes us feel that we are on the right track. It’s definitely a recognition of the fact that we’re doing the right things, says Maria Lindén.