• Dr. Lian, ASBMR President 2009-2010

     
     
     
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    Hello ASBMR Members,

    Congratulations on submitting 1,721 abstracts for the ASBMR 2010 Annual Meeting in Toronto.
    The submitted abstracts reflect the new directions of the bone field and the Program Committee has organized them into some very exciting sessions for communicating the new work and discussing it at our Annual Meeting. The program we have planned covers the depths of bone biology, and emerging clinical and translational science that truly represents the outstanding science that defines our Society. There will be ample time for exploring and appreciating all the posters. Once again, poster viewing and discussion sessions are protected time without interruption from conflicting sessions. This year, several new formats are being debuted that highlight poster presentations. For those abstracts in the Plenary Poster Session on Friday night, four "short oral poster presentation" sessions are planned. These sessions will take place prior to the Welcome Reception and Plenary Poster Session to kick off the opening night of the meeting. The Oral Poster Sessions are designed to showcase an exciting group of Plenary Posters, creating a lively focus on the poster presenters. We will also recognize additional Young Investigators during the regular poster sessions by giving them the opportunity to receive one of numerous Presidential Poster Competition Awards. Judges will be walking the poster floor and giving out these awards to presenters based on the quality of their discussions and the data embodied in their posters.  These awards and the interactions that will occur in the judging process will be yet another way for young investigators to interact with more senior members who have advanced their own careers through presentations and attendance of ASBMR meetings. The recipients of the Presidential Poster Awards will be announced at the meeting on the day following the competition and will receive an Award certificate.  Keep an eye out on your e-mail in August for announcements of posters selected for the competition. 

    Reflections on Planning the Annual Meeting
    We hope you have all had a chance to look at the Preliminary Program posted online.  In looking over the entire Toronto program, from the plenary sessions, special symposia, and state-of-the-art lectures along with the themes we put together to organize the  concurrent oral sessions, the Program Committee feels that they accomplished their goals for our Annual Meeting. We tried very hard to cover all aspects of bone biology and pathology, osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. This was indeed very challenging. Our symposium sessions have a distinct character in that the three talks will cover different aspects of a broader topic. This is a little different than in previous years when three individuals spoke on the same subject to give different perspectives. For example, in the "Tissue Crosstalk" symposium, you will hear about bone-muscle interactions, bone-cartilage signaling and bone-vascular connections. The session "Treating Osteoporosis in the 21st Century" covers a spectrum of emerging therapies and molecular targets for new therapies that will bring the membership the most up-to-date knowledge on the progress in the field. Program Committee Co-Chairs Dolores Shoback, Vicki Rosen, and I set out to bring to the membership the scientific discoveries being addressed by our field today, the information on new directions that the bone field is expanding towards, and to provide the resources for trainees, young investigators, newly appointed assistant professors, as well as the senior investigators who are training the young investigators. The Working Groups, part of the evening ancillary programs, are another valuable source for staying current in specialized areas and interacting with colleagues. They are all well worth attending with exciting topics!  Another important goal was to bring both established leaders in the field and new faces, new investigators and practitioners, from our membership to the symposium sessions, as chairs in the concurrent oral sessions and participating in the new special events described above. The ASBMR has gained strength over the years as an organization in which the senior leadership realizes  that all of us benefit by providing opportunities for the next generation of scientists to become leaders in the bone field and in our Society. 

    New in Toronto
    Physician Outreach:
    ASBMR has many responsibilities as a society to not only support the needs of its members, but to communicate the impact of our science and clinical studies to the public, particularly to clinicians in practice who look to leadership societies such as ASBMR to provide them the information for making those decisions that are needed to take care of their patients. An ASBMR task force on Clinician Outreach developed the concept of bringing more practicing clinicians to our meeting to better understand the many aspects of bone pathologies and the latest science driving important clinical diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. As a result, you are likely to see new faces at the ever popular Meet-the-Professor sessions and Clinical Roundtables on Saturday and Sunday, and on specially organized poster tours for clinicians.

    Travel Grants: As part of its mission, the ASBMR seeks to support Young Investigators by offering funding opportunities that are of greatest benefit to them in the early-stages of their careers. This year the ASBMR will provide $500 travel grants to more than 150 young investigators who were selected to present an oral or plenary poster presentation at the Annual Meeting. As many established laboratories are sending more than one Young Investigator, and many attendees travel from far away, we feel this will help many. The Program Committee and the Society were very happy to see that a high percentage of the highest scoring abstracts were submitted by young investigators. So again, congratulations to all who are presenting their work at the Annual Meeting in Toronto. 

    Getting to know you
    Since its inception, a key objective of the Society has been to attract and retain young investigators within the bone and mineral research field and increase their involvement in the Society. To this end, the Program Committee in collaboration with other ASBMR Committees has planned several interactive, networking events in Toronto that should give young and new investigators an opportunity to interact with senior investigators, as well as Society and NIH leadership. I encourage all members to make participating in these events a priority while in Toronto. Only together can we nurture and develop the future generations of basic and clinical scientists in bone.

    I also urge members to visit www.asbmr.org to complete their member profiles. This information is of tremendous value to the Society. When seeking out individuals to participate in activities such as reviewing abstracts, moderating sessions and serving on special panels, ASBMR volunteers and staff rely on the information provided in member profiles to identify possible participants. If you have already completed your profile, remember, it's just as important for members to keep their profiles current.

    Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto

    Best wishes to all,


    Jane B. Lian, Ph.D.
    ASBMR President