2006-2008 ASBMR Strategic Directions
The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) will focus its efforts over the coming years on five strategic directions. The 2006-2008 ASBMR Strategic Directions outlined below were developed at a Strategic Planning Retreat on June 8, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. These strategic directions and specific objectives will serve as a roadmap for ASBMR to move forward together in the coming year.
The mission of the ASBMR is to be the premier society in the field of bone and mineral metabolism through promoting excellence in bone and mineral research, fostering integration of clinical and basic science, and facilitating the translation of that science to health care and clinical practice.
2006-2008 ASBMR Strategic Directions
Support Young Investigators and Membership Involvement — ASBMR will implement initiatives to support young investigators in bone and mineral research and to increase involvement of young investigators in the Society.
- Young Investigator (YI) Support
- Increase ASBMR Career Enhancement Awards (CEAs) in number and scope by expanding definition of CEA to broaden applicant criteria and scope of planned projects
- Seek partnerships with foundations to support awards
- Seek pharmaceutical and corporation support
- Seek membership contributions to YI support
- Young Investigator Membership Development and Involvement
- Constitute YI Subcommittee of the Membership Development Committee (MDC) ( U.S. and International)
- Retain list of YIs who expressed interest in participating on committees and seek members from this list to help on task forces, serve as ad hoc committee members, and/or to help with reviewing abstracts
- Provide more networking opportunities with senior members/leaders and National Institutes of Health (NIH) representatives for YIs, such as breakfasts, receptions, and committee assignments
- Offer more YI travel awards to related meetings
Advocate for Research Funding — ASBMR will develop advocacy initiatives to facilitate increased funding for bone research in Congress, at NIH, and from other governmental and non-governmental sources.
- Congressional Support
- Increase ASBMR member awareness and “grassroots” participation
- Increase Congressional support and awareness of biomedical research
- Expand alliances to advocate for research funding (e.g. Orthopaedic Research Society ( ORS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ( AAOS))
- Encourage high-profile individuals to promote the need for bone research
- NIH Support
- Garner support for a Bone Research Blueprint (cross-institution funding for bone research) from Dr. Zerhouni and Institutes
- Identify strategies to access NIH Roadmap funding
- Seek to enhance NIH K award offerings for MDs and PhDs
- Other Governmental and Non-governmental Support
- Meet with Department of Defense (DOD) to expand funding for bone research
- Identify non-government sources of research funding
Improve the Presentation of Quality Science at Annual Meeting and in JBMR — ASBMR will continue to improve the presentation of the quality science at the Annual Meeting to appropriately highlight important presentations. ASBMR will continue to diversify the quality science presented in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research ( JBMR) and will adopt AAMC guidelines for the publication of clinical trials sponsored by industry and other funding sources in order to improve confidence in the reporting of clinical trials.
- Annual Meeting
- Highlight the core scientific presentations (continue highlighting invited and oral sessions and add new emphasis to highlight poster presentations)
- Limit and prioritize the number of extra sessions at the Annual Meeting program by establishing a mechanism for review and approval of Committee-sponsored sessions prior to the meeting
- Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR)
- Reach out to the molecular biology scientists by highlighting areas of special interest (either in print or online versions) and including a well-known molecular biologist as associate editor or Editor-in-Chief for the next editorial team
- Increase the quality of clinical trials reporting:
- Adopt the Association of American Medical Colleges ( AAMC) guidelines and the requirement for a letter signed by industry and academic co-authors mandating full access
- Add statistical reviews to the clinical trial review process
Address Clinical and Basic Science Policy Issues — ASBMR will take the leadership role in identifying, defining and then developing strategic plans to address key problems in basic and clinical science. The outcomes of these initiatives will include accepted definitions, agreed operational criteria, agreed approaches to the science, and endorsement by all stakeholders.
- Clinical Policy Issues
- Develop Osteonecrosis of the Jaw ( ONJ) operational criteria
- Standardize measures of bone quality/strength and biomarkers
- Develop definitions and criteria for addressing other clinical issues
- Basic Science Policy Issues
- Standardize results from microarray data
- Develop definitions and criteria for addressing other basic science issues
Improve Financial Efficiency — ASBMR will match activities to resources.
- Fiduciary Responsibility
- Provide Finance 101 seminar for new Council members (and Finance Committee members) to facilitate fiduciary responsibility
- Develop budgets for committee activities including administrative expenses
- Prioritize ancillary activities
- Avoid duplication of activities undertaken by committees and at home institutions
- Appoint Councilor Liaisons to each committee to improve communication and interaction between Council and committees and to facilitate prioritization of committee activities
- Establish new Investment Policy
- Define “emergent needs” that justify reserve expenditures