Rune Jakobsen is currently employed as a phD-student at the University of Oslo working at the Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research at the Faculty of Medicine and Oslo University Hospital. He graduated from The Medical Faculty of the University of Oslo June 2008, and finished his internship at Healt Trust Buskerud in Drammen.
As an integral part of his medical studies (The Medical Student Research Program) he took part in the research project “Cartilage injuries – the use of stem cells and scaffolds in joint resurfacing” and the research project “Scientific methodology in clinical studies”. In conjunction with a clinical rotation at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota he also took part in the biomechanical studies of the posterlateral structures of the knee under the supervision of professor Robert F. Laprade MD Ph.D.
The cartilage research takes place in close collaboration between clinicians headed by professor Lars Engebretsen MD, Ph.D. and basic scientists headed by Senior Researcher and Head of Cell Therapy at the Institute of Immunology/Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research, Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet Jan E. Brinchmann, MD, Ph.D. The basic science part of the research focuses on characterising adult mesenchymal stem cells from fat, synovium and bone marrow before and after three dimensional culture with and without growth factors. These studies are also performed in an experimental model using rabbits.
Rune is a former kayak paddler and being originally Danish he moved to Norway prior to his medical studies due to an avid skiing interest; cross country as well as alpine skiing (he has spent several winters in the French Alps).