Society Spotlight: The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
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By Sylvia Christakos

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) recently held its annual meeting on October 4 -7 in Baltimore. The program included novel, cutting-edge, outstanding science in the bone field.  Highlights of the meeting included the Gerald Aurbach Lecture, “Wnt/beta Catenin Signaling and Stem Cell Control,” by Roel Nusse, PhD, of  Stanford University and the Louis V. Avioli Lecture, “Epigenetic Regulation of Skeletal Biology and Pathology,” given by Jane Lian, PhD, from the University of Vermont.  Symposium topics included Malignancy and Bone; Personalized Medicine: Application to Bone Disease; What’s Hot in Inflammatory Bone Disease and Hidden Regulators of Skeletal Metabolism: Energy, Fat, Fluid.  New this year was the ASBMR Symposium Cutting Edge Discoveries in Muscle Biology, Disease and Therapeutics held one day prior to the Annual Meeting. This special one-day symposium was organized to advance the understanding of muscle-bone interactions necessary to discover novel approaches to prevent both sarcopenia and osteoporosis. The 2014 meeting will be in Houston, Texas, on September 12 -15.

ASBMR was founded in 1977 and is the premier professional, scientific and medical society established to promote excellence in bone and mineral research and to facilitate the translation of that research into clinical practice.  The Society aims to accomplish its mission through annual scientific meetings as well as through the official ASBMR Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and the Primer on Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism. There are approximately ASBMR 4,000 members worldwide, with interests in osteoporosis, biomechanics, cell biology, molecular biology, dentistry, developmental biology, endocrinology, epidemiology, internal medicine, metabolism, molecular genetics, nephrology, rheumatology and other research/clinical areas.

ASBMR has worked with other organizations on clinical guidelines in osteoporosis and also plays a lead role in advocacy.  ASBMR is a founding member of the National Coalition of Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases (“Bone Coalition”) and joined the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology in 1997 to advocate for increased U.S. government research funding for all of science.  ASBMR is proactive in shaping research and health policies based on scientific advances in the field.  

ASBMR is also dedicated to the nurturing and development of future generations of basic and clinical scientists and the dissemination of new knowledge in bone and mineral metabolism. The Society has developed slide sets and online offerings geared towards improving education about bone research and bone related diseases and treatments.  In addition, there are career-related sessions at the annual meeting including grant writing workshops as well as young investigator and minority networking events and an ASBMR networking breakfast for young investigators to interact with established investigators. ASBMR has a Grants in Aid program for both young and established investigators, young investigator awards based on the quality of abstracts submitted, as well as president’s awards for outstanding poster presentation by young investigators.

To learn more about ASBMR and its annual meetings, visit the Society’s website.