• ASBMR Mourns the Passing of Betsy McClung, MN, RN – e-News Weekly

    Type Size

    ASBMR Banner 


    ASBMR Updates & Announcements


    B. McClungASBMR is saddened to announce the passing of long-time member Betsy McClung, MN, RN. Ms. McClung was an active participant in the ASBMR Annual Meeting. She created what is now one of the most popular sessions among attendees, the ASBMR Annual Meeting Highlights, and chaired the session for 20 years.

    Ms. McClung was the Associate Director for the Oregon Osteoporosis Center in Portland, Oregon. She was involved in the clinical evaluation and treatment of patients at risk or diagnosed with osteoporosis for more than 20 years in collaboration with Michael McClung, MD, the Center's Director. Ms. McClung was also active in professional educational activities at the local, national and international level. She served as a past president of the Endocrine Nurses Society, on the Executive Board of Trustees of The North American Menopause Society, and on the Board of Directors for The Paget Foundation. She was the author of numerous papers and book chapters on postmenopausal women's health with a specific focus on osteoporosis evaluation and management.

    To share a kind thought or memory of Betsy McClung, please visit the ASBMR website.

    Dr. Jan De BeurThe Shirley Hohl Service Award is given to an individual who is recognized by members of the Society as having made significant contributions to the mission of the ASBMR.  The 2015 Shirley Hohl Service Award will be presented to Suzanne Jan De Beur, M.D., on Sunday, October 11, 2015 during the Town Hall Meeting at the ASBMR 2015 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA.

    Suzanne Jan De Beur, M.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Endocrinology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  A graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College, she completed her Osler Medical Residency and Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As a Physician-Scientist and a practicing Endocrinologist, her clinical and research work focus on understanding metabolic bone diseases at the basic level and translating these observations to the bedside.  Specifically, her research interests include understanding the physiology of FGF23 and the molecular basis of disorders of phosphate homeostasis, the genetic basis of parathyroid hormone resistance syndromes and the effect of osteoporosis therapies on mesenchymal stem cells. 

    Dr. Jan de Beur has served the ASBMR as the Chair of the Membership Development Committee, the Co-Chair of the ASBMR 2011 Annual Meeting, and the Chair of the Professional Practice Committee.  She has also served as Associate Editor for the Primer on Metabolic Bone Disease and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism for the 6th, 7th and 8theditions.

    Dr. LorenzoIn his latest blog post, ASBMR Scientific Web Editor Joe Lorenzo, M.D. discusses diabetes medications and their effects on bone health. He states, “…diabetes itself is a risk factor for osteoporosis despite the higher bone mineral density that is often seen in diabetic patients. The reasons for this are multifactorial and only partially understood.” Read his full blog post here.



    CapitolThe 3rd Annual Rally for Medical Research is taking place today, Thursday, September 17, 2015. Hundreds of volunteers from national organizations in the U.S. have come together in Washington, DC to call on the U.S. policy makers to make funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and to raise awareness about the importance of continued investment in medical research that leads to more progress, more hope and more lives saved.
    U.S. members:  Support the Rally for Medical Research by contacting your Senator and/or Representative today and urging them to prioritize funding for the National Institutes of Health. 

    Doris DukeThe Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. Pre-proposals from junior physician-scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease are now being accepted. Pre-proposals will be reviewed and up to 50 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. It is recommended that applicants have significant research experience and strong publication records consistent with the rank of assistant professor. Pre-proposals are due October 30, 2015.  For more details, please visit the Clinical Scientist Development Award web page.

    Register for an ASBMR Webinar on Tumor Induced Osteomalacia
    Supported by an educational donation provided by Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals

    ASBMR WebinarDon’t forget to register for this month’s ASBMR webinar on Tumor Induced Osteomalacia! This webinar will be presented by Michael Collins, M.D., and will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 12:00pm EDT.

    The webinar will cover the presentation, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO). Included will be a logical, simple approach to diagnosing TIO, including clinical pearls and pitfalls. Current understanding of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) biology and physiology will be discussed. Special attention will be given to current and future imaging modalities. Treatment will include a discussion of established therapies, as well as those in development for the future.

    This is a free educational activity for ASBMR members and will provide 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.

    Register now for this exciting ASBMR Webinar!

    JBMR® Highlights

    CCN1 Regulates Chondrocyte Maturation and Cartilage Development
    Yongchun Zhang, Tzong-jen Sheu, Donna Hoak, Jie Shen, Matthew J Hilton, Michael J Zuscik, Jennifer H Jonason and Regis J O'Keefe
    Accepted manuscript online: 12 SEP 2015

    The Roles and Mechanisms of Actions of Vitamin C in Bone: New Developments
    Patrick Aghajanian, Susan Hall, Montri D. Wongworawat and Subburaman Mohan
    Accepted manuscript online: 11 SEP 2015


    Bone Science in the News

    Diabetes Drug Boosts Bone Fat and Fracture Risk; Exercise Can Partially Offset the Effect
    MD Linx (9/10/2015)

    Cancer Patient's Ribs Replaced with 3-D Printed Titanium Set The Patient's Ribs and Part of His Sternum Had to be Removed Because of a Chest Wall Sarcoma
    UPI (9/11/2015)

    Earliest Known Case of Rickets in the UK Identified in Neolithic Tiree Skeleton
    News Medical (9/14/2015)

    Twitter The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
    2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC, USA 20036-2209 USA
    Phone: +1(202)367 -1161 Fax: +1(202)367-2161


    September 17, 2015

    ASBMR 2015 Annual Meeting