February 2012

In This Issue

Welcome to the February Edition of ASBMR E-News. There are exciting details about ASBMR offerings and important news items to share with you, so please click on the links to the left and below for the latest news.
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Submit an Abstract for the ASBMR 2012 Topical Meeting on Bone and Skeletal Muscle Interactions

Abstract submissions are now open for the ASBMR 2012

Topical Meeting on Bone and Skeletal Muscle Interaction. This “state of the science”, held July 17–18, 2012, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, will draw together leading muscle and bone researchers to exchange ideas, develop new collaborations and accelerate the emerging scientific discoveries in the area of muscle and bone interactions.

Abstracts are due Wednesday, February 29, 2012, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Abstract categories include:

All abstracts will be included in the poster sessions and published in the Program and Abstracts book. Top-scoring young investigator abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. Oral and poster presenters will be notified in early April.

Review abstract submission frequently-asked-questions, and submit your abstract today.

All abstracts will be included in the poster sessions and published in the Program and Abstracts book. Top-scoring young investigator abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. Oral and poster presenters will be notified in early April.

Deadline and Submission Instructions
Abstract submission will open on February 1 and abstracts are due Wednesday, February 29, 2012, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). EST is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The submission site will be accessible via the
ASBMR website.

ASBMR 2012 Annual Meeting: Save-the-Date

Mark your calendars for the premier scientific meeting on the latest concepts and innovations in bone and mineral research. On October 12-15, 2012, join scientists, physicians, and other health and research professionals in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, for an outstanding line-up of plenary and poster sessions, informal panel discussions and exciting networking events. Abstracts will be accepted beginning in early March and the abstract deadline is Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

John Haddad Young Investigators’ Meeting-Register Today

The ASBMR and Advances in Mineral Metabolism (AIMM) invite you to attend the AIMM/ASBMR John Haddad Young Investigators' Meeting being held April 9-12, 2012, in Snowmass, Colorado, USA. Important concepts in bone biology and clinical bone disease will be presented. Register today to join a mix of established and new investigators in a small and informal group setting. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please click here.

Fourth International Conference on Osteoimmunology

The 4th International Conference on Osteoimmunology: Interactions of the Immune and Skeletal Systems will be held this year from June 17-22, 2012. The conference will be held at the Corfu Chandris Conference Center in Corfu, Greece. ASBMR is proud to be a co-sponsor of this meeting, and to provide support for Trainee Travel Awards, at $1,000 each, to offset a portion of the travel expenses to the Workshops.

Abstracts and trainee travel award applications for this meeting are due Thursday, March 15, 2012. To find out more about the conference and to apply for travel awards, please click here.


ASBMR Call for 2012 Leadership Nominations — Deadline March 21, 2012

Effective leadership of the ASBMR is critical for the future of the bone field. Please consider nominating yourself or another ASBMR member to fill one or more of the leadership opportunities. The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect and Councilors (three positions) to go on the ballot in the fall of 2012, with terms beginning in the fall of 2013. We are also seeking candidates for appointment to programmatic committees, to begin in the fall of 2012, including:

Please consider nominating other ASBMR members, or yourself, for ASBMR positions of leadership.

Nomination materials are available on the ASBMR website. Nomination materials must be submitted by March, 21, 2012.

If you would like to nominate someone for ASBMR positions of leadership, please send an email with the following information:

Please email your list of nominees to: asbmr@asbmr.org no later than Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The ASBMR Business Office will contact all nominees to confirm their willingness to be nominated and, once confirmed, will provide the ASBMR webpage with the instructions for completing and submitting the required nomination form and supporting materials.

ASBMR Election Results

Roberto Civitelli, M.D.
Washington University School of Medicine (USA)

The new Councilors elected for three-year terms are




Robert Adler, M.D.

Deborah Novack, M.D., Ph.D.

Eileen Shore, Ph.D.

 McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (USA)


Washington University
School of Medicine (USA)


Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

All will assume their roles on Council at the conclusion of the ASBMR 2012 Annual Meeting, which will be held on October 12-15, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

We thank all those who voted and are most grateful to the outstanding and fully deserving members who agreed to run for office.

ASBMR Applauds President Obama's Call for Sustained Investment in Scientific Research

In his January 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress not to gut investments in scientific research and development, warning that current trends “could jeopardize our world class standing.” The ASBMR applauds the President’s call for sustained research funding and his recognition that research and development can improve quality of life. We believe this is particularly true for bone health research. Click here to read the full press release.

Open Conference Call With PCORI Leadership on Draft Research Priorities & Agenda- RSVP Today!

An open conference call on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Draft Research Priorities & Agenda will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. EST.PCORI wants your input on the first draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. The priorities and agenda will guide PCORI’s first primary research funding announcement, and PCORI will work closely and continuously with all stakeholders to refine the agenda and to identify specific areas and questions where PCORI’s research can have the greatest impact. PCORI wants feedback on if they reflect the areas where more evidence is needed to support health care decision-making.
To view the full agenda for the call, click here. To reserve your spot for the conference call, or if you have any questions, send an e-mail to PCORI@AAMC.ORG.

Clinical Research Update from NIAMS

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the majority of its Institutes and Centers support a broad spectrum of research—ranging from basic to translational to clinical—in their mission to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability. On February 7, 2012, NIH released a Clinical Research Update reporting on recent progress with NIAMS mission and goals.

In 2009, the Institute engaged many parts of its community through discussions with its Advisory Council and at its 2009 Scientific Retreat, as well as through a series of Clinical Trials Roundtables in each of the NIAMS mission areas. This roundtable was convened as part of a broader NIAMS effort to assess its support of clinical trials across the Institute’s mission areas. Goals include identifying needs and opportunities, as well as finding key steps for evaluating trials and the significance of individual studies in the broader context of future clinical needs. To read more about the roundtables, click here.

The Institute has also established a standing study section to review NIAMS clinical trials applications. Its members have expertise in rheumatic, musculoskeletal, and skin diseases as well as clinical trials and biostatistics methodology. The NIAMS website consolidates all of this information on its Clinical Trials web page. To read more about the Trials, click here.

To read the rest of the Update, click here.

ASBMR Young Investigator Awards Availble for PhD Training

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with the European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) to provide five Young Investigator Awards for the ECTS PhD Training Course. These awards will cover registration and travel expenses to attend the ECTS PhD Training Course in Oxford, UK, on June 24 – 27, 2012.

The ECTS four-day training course for PhD students provides young investigators with a valuable opportunity to network with other PhD students in the bone field as well as increase their knowledge about physiology and pathology of mineralized tissue and discuss key methods in bone research.

This year, the award recipients will also be offered complimentary registration and accommodations to attend the International Workshop on Advances in Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Bone Disease which will take place immediately following the training course from June 27-30, 2012 in Oxford.

The online application will be available beginning Monday, February 13, 2012. The deadline for receipt of ASBMR application will be Thursday, March 15, 2012. For more information, please visit the ASBMR website.

Harold Frost Young Investigator Award Announcement

ASBMR will begin accepting applications for the 2012 Harold Frost Young Investigator Award starting Monday, March 5th. This year the ASBMR will provide support for nine young investigator awards of $1,500, based on competitive application. These awards give young investigators a unique opportunity to present their research and connect with senior investigators at the Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology which will be held on August 5- 8 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 5, 2012. For more information about the award, eligibility and to apply, please visit the ASBMR website.

Research!America Announces New "Inside the Lab" Program

Are you a bright young scientist who is conducting research that is funded from an NIH-based grant? If so, we want to hear your story! Research!America has launched the “Inside the Lab” campaign to highlight that health research not only supports the discovery of new treatments for deadly diseases, it also supports the economy by creating new jobs and business. Help others understand how your research impacts them by creating your own short video detailing the significance of your research. We can help you create your video! To learn how you can participate in “Inside the Lab”, please contact the ASBMR Business Office.

NIAMS Update – January Issue

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) was created to support research of the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases. Each month, they issue a newsletter with updates on new research, innovations and grants.

To read the rest of the NIAMS January 2012 update click here

USBJI Winter Newsletter

The Bone and Joint Initiative is a global, multi-disciplinary initiative targeting the care of people with musculoskeletal conditions—bone and joint disorders. Its focus is advancing the understanding and treatment of those conditions through research, prevention and education. The USBJI has released its Winter 2012 Newsletter. To view the newsletter, click here.

JBMR Announces First “Video Abstract”

The JBMR is pleased to announce the first JBMR video abstract,” an author-created video summary of an article selected by Editor-in-Chief Thomas L. Clemens, Ph.D. The first JBMR video abstract is now available on the ASBMR web site. The featured paper is "Proteoglycan 4: A dynamic regulator of skeletogenesis and parathyroid hormone skeletal anabolism,” by Chad Novince and colleagues. The video summary is presented by co-author Laurie K. McCauley, D.D.S., Ph.D.

February 2012 JBMR Highlights

The February 2012 issue of the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR) is now off press. Highlights in this issue include:

This Week’s Scientific Web Editor Blog

In this week's ASBMR Scientific Web Editor Blog, Joseph Lorenzo, M.D., comments on ‘How Often Do Bone Density Measurements Need To Be Repeated In Postmenopausal Women?

To receive the regular ASBMR Scientific Web Editor Blog on your homepage or by email, subscribe to the ASBMR RSS News Feed. You can share your thoughts on these subjects by commenting on the website. To provide your ideas and feedback on topics you would like Dr. Lorenzo to address in future blogs, please email webeditor@asbmr.org

In the Field: Open Discussion & Viewpoints Around the Current Literature

Representing significant advances in the areas of basic, translational and clinical bone and mineral research, "In the Field" articles on the world's literature are updated weekly to facilitate open discussions and a variety of viewpoints. ASBMR Scientific Web Editor Joseph Lorenzo, M.D., provides short commentary about recently published articles in journals other than the JBMR. This week features the following articles:

Job Seekers – Stay Up to Date on New Opportunities!

For members searching for new job opportunities, the ASBMR Job Board features “Job Alerts”. Job seekers can enter their professional interests, location, and how often they prefer to receive alerts. The Job Board will notify you by email of new jobs posted that match your search preferences. Organizations are posting new positions several times a week, so visit the ASBMR website to learn more. Create a Job Seeker account now and never miss a new opportunity!

Make your 2012 Donation Today

The leadership of the ASBMR continues to make it a priority to support Young Investigators, and we hope you will share our founders' vision to assure the future of bone and mineral science. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to support ASBMR using the online donation form.

NIH Opportunities & Grant Information

NIH Common Fund has issued two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

The National Institutes of Health Common Fund has issued two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for the Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory program. The overall goal of this program is to strengthen the national capacity to implement cost-effective large-scale research studies that engage health care delivery organizations as research partners. These FOAs solicit applications for a Coordinating Center (RFA-RM-11-021) and Pragmatic Trials Demonstration Projects (RFA-RM-12-002).

Coordinating Center letters of intent are due March 27, 2012 and the application receipt date is April 27, 2012.

Pragmatic Trials Demonstration Projects letters of intent are due April 2, 2012. The application receipt date is May 2, 2012.

Webinars are available for the Coordinating Center and the Pragmatic Trials Demonstration Projects.

Calendar of Events

March 5-6, 2012

ISCD Bone Densitometry Course

The Westin Bonaventure
Los Angeles, California, USA

March 7-10, 2012

ISCD 18th Annual Meeting

The Westin Bonaventure
Los Angeles, California, USA

March 21-24, 2012

European Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis

Palais des Congres de Bordeaux
Bordeaux, BP, France

March 23-24, 2012

2nd IOF-ESCEO Pre-Clinical Symposium

Palais des Congres de Bordeaux
Bordeaux, BP, France

April 9-12, 2012

AIMM/ASBMR John Haddad Young Investigators' Meeting

Colorado, USA

April 25-28, 2012

International Symposium on Osteoporosis


Orlando, Florida, USA

May 1-3, 2012

Rheumatology 2012

Scotland, United Kingdom

May 4-7, 2012

8th International Workshop on Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions

Unversity Campus Suffolk
Ipswich, United Kingdom

May 4-8, 2012

Immunology 2012

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

May 16-19, 2012

Sixth International Symposium on Alkaline Phosphatases and Hypophosphatasia - From bench to bedside

Le Triangle
Huningue, France

May 19-23, 2012

39th European Symposium on Calcified Tissues

Stockholm, Sweden

May 19-23, 2012

The European Calcified Tissue Society Conference

United Kingdom 

June 9-10, 2012

ISCD Bone Densitometry Course

Hilton Norfolk Airport
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

June 27-30, 2012

5th International Workshop on Advances in the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Bone Disease

St Catherine's College, University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom

July 7-8, 2012

ISCD Bone Densitometry Course

Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh Airport
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

July 9-12, 2012

3rd International Congress on Abdominal Obesity

Quebec Congress Center
Quebec, Canada

August 8-9, 2012

ISCD Bone Densiometry Course

Boston Marriott Newton
Newton, Massachusetts, USA

August 8-9, 2012

ISCD Bone Densiometry Course

Crown Plaza Albuquerque
, New Mexico, USA

September 8-9, 2012

ISCD Bone Densiometry Course

St. Louis Airport Marriott
St. Louis
, Missouri, US

September 20-23, 2012

ISN Nexus Symposia

Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center
DK-1577 Copenhagen, Denmark

September 27-28, 2012

OsteoRheumatology 2012

Milano, Genoa, Italy

October 12-15, 2012

ASBMR Annual Meting

Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

October 16-19, 2012

XIIth Congress of the International Society of Bone Morphometry

Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel
Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA


October 20-21, 2012

ISCD Bone Densiometry Course

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Des Moines
, Iowa, USA

November 29- December 1, 2012

International Conference on Progress in Bone and Mineral Research

TechGate Vienna
Donau City Str. 1, Austria

December 1-2, 2012 

ISCD Bone Densitometry Course

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O'Hare Airport
Des Plaines, Illinois, USA