The European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS, https://ectsoc.org/) was created in 1963 as a forum for basic and clinical researchers, allied health professionals, to join forces and foster a multidisciplinary approach and promote excellence in research in the musculoskeletal field. The ECTS Academy has been founded as a daughter society of the ECTS. The concept follows the model of interdisciplinary Young Academies: young researchers self-organise their society to foster personal contact and networking among the most talented young scientists. The ECTS Academy gathers a maximum of 50 of the most talented young researchers and clinicians in the musculoskeletal field in Europe and is aimed at strengthening the future of musculoskeletal research by attracting top scientists and assisting them in setting up their research network.
The selection procedure for new members within the ECTS Academy in 2021 determined that Gonzalo Sanchez-Duffhues will join the Academy for the next 5 years. This is a great honor and recognition to his work on Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling and calcification disorders, specially Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP).