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Academy selects new members

25 April 2023
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has selected 18 new members, two of which are professor of finance Albert J. Menkveld of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and professor of oral function theory Frank Lobbezoo of ACTA.

The approximately 600 members of the Academy are leading scientists and scholars from all disciplines. Membership is for life. The new members will be installed on Monday 30 October.

Albert J. Menkveld, professor of finance, is the Netherlands' most productive researcher in economics and business administration. His work focuses mainly on the role of technology in modern financial markets, such as high-frequency trading, in which transactions take place every nanosecond. How can this benefit – or in fact harm – securities trading? Prof.  Menkveld also examines the role of clearing houses, which handle the settlement of transactions. These became mandatory after the 2007-2008 financial crisis as a means of reducing risks, but they may themselves also be at risk. Prof.  Menkveld’s research, including a critical evaluation of changes since the financial crisis, is of great importance to understanding how financial markets work. 

Frank Lobbezoo professor of oral functioning, in particular orofacial pain and dysfunction, at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) of  Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam).As a dentist, he researches teeth grinding; a problem that is often difficult to treat and can lead to pain and tooth wear. His research shows that such grinding also involves a behavioural component; it has led to innovative methods for treating this sometimes debilitating problem. He also studies facial pain and sleep disorders in relation to dentistry (for example obstructive sleep apnoea). His research has resulted in closer collaboration between dentistry and such disciplines as neurology, otolaryngology, and anaesthesiology. His focus on a non-invasive biopsychosocial approach to facial pain has led dentists to adopt a more cautious and scientifically sound approach, thus reducing complications and costs.

Read the KNAW press release about the 18 new members here. The complete overview of the 600 Academy members can be found here and all VU members here.