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ASBMR Publishes Second Report on
Efficacy and Safety of Vertebral Augmentation

There is little to no evidence that vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty reduce pain for patients any better than non-surgical or placebo procedures, according to a new report published today in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). The report was published by an ASBMR task force that was charged with addressing key questions on the efficacy and safety of vertebral augmentation and other nonpharmacological approaches for the treatment of pain after vertebral fracture.
“The message for doctors and their patients suffering from painful spinal fractures is that procedures to stabilize spinal fractures should not be a first choice for treatment,” said task force member and lead author Peter Ebeling, M.D., Head of the Department of Medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University in Australia. “While patients who had these surgeries may have had a short-term reduction in pain, we found that there was no significant benefit over the long-term in improving pain, back-related disability, and quality of life when compared with those who did not have the procedures.”
“This report makes it clear that these procedures are not a magic bullet,” said Bart Clarke, M.D., President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Health, and a practicing endocrinologist, Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and co-author of an accompanying perspective piece published in the JBMR. “Until now, doctors have been left to sift through the data on their own to determine whether these procedures can benefit their patients. This report coalesces all that information concisely and provides recommendations to guide them.”


IN MEMORIAM: NIAMS Staff Reflects on
Passing of Institute Director Steve Katz

The holiday season was a somber one for the NIAMS family. Many of us can still hear echoes of the joyful voice of the institute director, Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., as he sang at a December staff gathering shortly before his untimely passing. His death on December 20, 2018, left all of us numb. For many, Steve was the only institute director we ever knew. His fourth-floor corner office served as the beating heart of our institute from 1995 until his death at the age of 77. As we move forward, staff from across the Institute are pulling together to make sure his commitment to outstanding arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin research continues in the coming months and years. Information about these plans will be coming in subsequent announcement. Read more here.


NIH P2P Workshop Panel’s Draft Report is Now Available for Public Comment! Deadline is February 9, 2019.

The NIH’s Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) invites you to comment on the panel’s draft report from the NIH Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop: Appropriate Use of Drug Therapies for Osteoporotic Fracture Prevention. Public comments will be accepted through February 9, 2019.  Please reference a corresponding line number of the report for which you are commenting on and submit all comments to NIHP2P@mail.nih.gov.  Workshop Resources Available:

For questions about the Pathways to Prevention workshop program, contact NIHP2P@mail.nih.gov. Thank you for your time and input!


Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Rising Star Awards! Deadline to Apply is March 15, 2019.

The ASBMR Rising Star Awards provide $60,000 in funding to six promising young scientists and physician-scientists in the bone field who have already been recognized by individual NIH “K awards” and other similar international professional development programs. The award provides additional funding to the awardees to successfully implement their programs, stay in the field and transition to independent investigators. Grant submissions can be basic, clinical or translational and the primary focus must be on bone, mineral and musculoskeletal research. This award is open to all ASBMR members. International members living outside the United States are encouraged to apply. To read more regarding the eligibility requirements, and required application materials, please visit the ASBMR website. The application deadline is March 15, 2019.


Apply Now for the 2019 Phoebe Leboy Professional Development Award: Application Deadline February 22, 2019

The Phoebe Leboy Professional Development Award is for a female young investigator who resides outside the United States (preference given to those in an emerging and/or developing country). The award provides the resources needed for the selected individual to attend the ASBMR Annual Meeting, mentorship from senior women in related areas of research, and membership in ASBMR. The award amount is up to $2,000. To read more about the award and eligibility requirements, click here. Applicants must submit a draft of the abstract they plan to present at the 2019 ASBMR Annual Meeting, one letter of support, a current CV, and a summary of their career objectives. Applications will open Monday, January 14 with an application deadline of February 22, 2019.

JBMR® Highlights
Mechanical loading promotes the expansion of primitive osteoprogenitors and organizes matrix and vascular morphology in long bone defects
Chao Liu, Pamela Cabahug‐Zuckerman, Christopher Stubbs, Martin Pendola, Cinyee Cai, Kenneth A. Mann, Alesha B. Castillo
First Published: 15 January 2019
JBMR® Plus Highlights
JBMR Plus will publish monthly in 2019!
Read the new January issue here
Bone Science in the News
Spinal Fractures Can Be Terribly Painful. A Common Treatment Isn’t Helping.
New York Times (1/24/2019)
A cross-sectional study on the age-related cortical and trabecular bone changes at the femoral head in elderly female hip fracture patients
Scientific Reports (1/22/2019)
Researchers show how mechanical stress affects bone development
News-Medical.net (1/22/2019)
Hip fracture 2: nursing care from admission to secondary prevention
Nursing Times (1/21/2019)
IUPUI researcher receives $2.85 million grant to find ways to improve bone strength
News-Medical.net (1/21/2019)
Automated text messages improve outcomes after joint replacement surgery
Medical Xpress (1/18/2019)
Stress fracture? Your foot hitting pavement wasn't the main problem
Medical Xpress (1/17/2019)
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, 2019
IFMRS 3rd Herbert Fleish Workshop
Bruges, Belgium

October 20-25, 2019
13th International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues
Montebello, Quebec, Canada
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