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ASBMR Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for Sustained Funding for Research/DXA Reimbursement Bill

Yesterday (January 30), ASBMR leadership, committee chairs and members of the Advocacy and Science Policy Committee descended upon Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to advocate for NIH funding as well as stable and predictable funding for research. Twenty-five ASBMR members spent the afternoon visiting a total of 28 congressional offices from 10 states and 11 congressional districts. Their message was clear: Support a $2.5 billion increase in FY20 for important research at the National Institutes of Health and predictable funding for scientific research in fiscal year 2020 and beyond. Capitol Hill Day participants also asked their representatives to support legislation that would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to, and utilization of, bone mass measurement benefits under part B of the Medicare program by establishing a minimum reimbursement for office-based DXA tests.


Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) Reintroduces Bill to
Increase DXA Reimbursement

While ASBMR members were visiting their representatives yesterday during the Society’s Annual Hill Day in Washington D.C., Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) reintroduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would raise the minimum reimbursement rate for office-based DXA tests. Senate Bill S.283 would raise the Medicaid minimum reimbursement rate at $98. The bi-partisan legislation was introduced with the following co-sponsors: Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Angus King (I-Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Minnesota). We urge all U.S. members to contact their Senators and urge their support of S.283. 


Volunteers Needed for ASBMR 2019 Annual Meeting

The ASBMR Scientific Program Committee is seeking members who are willing to serve as abstract reviewers and oral session moderators for the ASBMR 2019 Annual Meeting, September 20-23 at the Orange County Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA.
As an exclusive benefit of ASBMR membership, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to engage with fellow researchers, physicians and experts in the bone, mineral and musculoskeletal field by completing the volunteer form no later than Tuesday, February 12.


Congratulations to the 2019 Recipients of the
ASBMR Travel Grant to the IFMRS Herbert Fleisch Workshop!

ASBMR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 ASBMR Travel Grant to attend the IFMRS Herbert Fleisch Workshop! Congratulations to Maria Materozzi, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Siena, Italy (pictured left), Erin Bumann, DDS, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City (pictured center), and Madison Doolittle, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Rochester, New York (pictured right). The ASBMR Travel Grant provides funding to send three early-career researchers to the IFMRS Herbert Fleisch Workshop in Brugge, Belgium to present their research in an intimate setting with peers and a few senior scientists in the field of bone biology and pathology. Please join us in congratulating these three recipients!


Soft Bones Research Grant Application Now Open

Soft Bones: The U.S. Hypophosphatasia Foundation has officially opened applications for its 2019 Research Grant, offering two seed grants of $25,000 each for basic, clinical or translational research directly related to HPP. Founded in 2009, Soft Bones provides valuable information, education, and support for people living with hypophosphatasia (HPP), their families, and caregivers.
Soft Bones is interested in promoting the development of innovative research by new and established investigators in 2019. Proposals are welcome from faculty members at a private research center or university. Applications from senior post-doctoral trainees or research associates are acceptable as long as the individual and his/her mentor have a record of commitment to research relevant to HPP. Please note that this grant cannot be used for investigator salaries or indirect costs.
All applications must be received before Wednesday, May 1st in order to be considered, and the announcement of awardees will be made on June 5th, 2019. Please click here for more information about the grant (including past awardees) or click here to access the application.


ASBMR Still Accepting Applications for Volunteer Leadership Positions!

We need you! ASBMR volunteer leaders play an active role in developing and leading the worldwide research agenda in bone, mineral and musculoskeletal science. Nominate yourself or a colleague for a leadership position to actively contribute to ASBMR’s strategic goals, develop crucial leadership skills and make important career connections. The deadline for applications is March 11, 2019. Click here for more information, and to submit a nomination!


Deadline Approaching: Apply Now for ASBMR’s Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Annual Workshop Travel Grant!

ASBMR is partnering with the Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Annual Workshop to provide a $1,500 travel grant to send an early career investigator to attend this event. The major objective of NMRI and its annual workshop is to encourage and facilitate participation of members of underrepresented population groups and others interested in minority health in the conduct of biomedical research in the fields of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, digestive diseases, nutrition, kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. A second objective is to encourage and enhance the potential of investigators in choosing a biomedical research career in these fields. To find out if you qualify and to begin the application, click here. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 19th.

JBMR® Highlights
Anemia and Risk of Fractures in Older Korean Adults: A Nationwide Population‐based Study
Eun Ae Lee, Dong Wook Shin, Jun Hyun Yoo, Hyeon Young Ko, Su Min Jeong
First Published: 28 January 2019
Thoracic kyphosis on chest CT scans is associated with incident vertebral fractures in smokers
Mayke J. van Dort, Johanna H.M. Driessen, Elisabeth Romme, Piet Geusens, Paul C. Willems, Frank W.J.M. Smeenk, Emiel F.M. Wouters, Joop P.W. van den Bergh,
First Published: 28 January 2019
Observations on the Natural History of Camurati‐Engelmann Disease
Peter Hughes, Ibrahim Hassan, Lorna Que, Patricia Mead, Jessica Heejong Lee, Donald R. Love, Debra O. Prosser, Tim Cundy
First Published: 28 January 2019
JBMR® Plus Highlights
The osteocyte transcriptome is extensively dysregulated in mouse models of Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Sarah M. Zimmerman, Milena Dimori, Melissa E. Heard‐Lipsmeyer, Roy Morello
First Published: 28 January 2019
Multiple Myeloma and Fatty Acid Metabolism
Majdi Masarwi, Abigail DeSchiffart, Justin Ham, Michaela R. Reagan
First Published: 28 January 2019
Osteogenesis Imperfecta New Perspectives from Clinical and Translational Research
Josephine T. Tauer, Marie‐Eve Robinson, Frank Rauch
First Published: 28 January 2019
Bone Science in the News
Teitelbaum awarded 2019 King Faisal International Prize in Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (1/30/2019)

Estradiol level influences fracture risk during menopause transition
Endocrine Today (1/29/2019)
WNT1-associated osteogenesis imperfecta with atrophic frontal lobes and arachnoid cysts
Journal of Human Genetics (1/28/2019)
Factors Associated With Bone Erosion Identified in Gout
Renal & Urology News (1/25/2019)
Rate of bone loss may predict mortality among older adults
Endocrine Today (1/25/2019)
Events Calendar
February 18, 2019
NASEM Report Webinar: Breaking Through: the Next Generation of Biomedical and Behavioral Science Researcher
Online Webinar
February 20 - 22, 2019
8th International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR2019)
Miami Beach, FL United States
March 7 -8, 2019
32nd Euro Congress on Cancer Science & Therapy
Barcelona, Spain
March 11 - 12, 2019
U13 Bench-to-Bedside Conference: "Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue Disorders"
Bethesda, MD United States
March 17 – 19
IFMRS 3rd Herbert Fleish Workshop
Bruges, Belgium
Contact ASBMR
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Washington, DC 20036-3309 USA
Tel.: +1 (202) 367-1161
Fax: +1 (202) 367-2161
Email: asbmr@asbmr.org

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