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    Jane B. Lian, Ph.D., Takes Office as President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

    Date: November 04, 2009

    Washington, DC (November 4, 2009) - Jane B. Lian, Ph.D., began her one-year term as President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) on September 16, the concluding day of the ASBMR 31st Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, USA.  A longstanding member of ASBMR, Dr. Lian is Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    "I am honored to serve ASBMR, its members and the people who benefit from bone and mineral research worldwide," Lian stated. "In a difficult economic climate that threatens to slow the pace of biomedical research, ASBMR serves a critical role as the leading professional, scientific and medical society for experimental and physician scientists and clinical investigators involved in studies of the skeleton and bone-related diseases.  ASBMR is dedicated to translating the research to health care and clinical practice."

    An internationally respected researcher and author of more than 300 journal articles, Dr. Lian provides a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership to the Society and is widely recognized for her achievements in bone research.  She received the Kappa Delta Award and the Elisabeth Winston Lanier Award (with collaborator Gary Stein, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Cell Biology at UMMS) from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Brown University Vitamin D Research Award and the International Association of Dental Research Award.  In 2005, ASBMR presented Dr. Lian with the Shirley Hohl Award for her contributions in education and service to the scientific community.  In 2006, she received the ASBMR William Neuman Award for lifetime achievements in osteoblast biology.  Her current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and three patents resulted from her research.

    In addition to her own research, which focuses on the processes by which progenitor cells become specialized in the skeleton for bone formation and renewal, Dr. Lian is a prolific contributor to the field in various roles.  She serves on review panels for the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the Research Advisory Board of the Shriner's Hospital and the Board of the International Conference of Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues.  Dr. Lian is active on the editorial boards of Bone, Calcified Tissue International, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, the Journal of Cellular Physiology and co-editor of the Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression.


    The American Society Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the premier professional, scientific and medical society established to promote excellence in bone and mineral research and to facilitate the translation of that research into clinical practice. The ASBMR has a membership of nearly 4,000 physcians, basic research scientists, and clinical investigators from around the world.