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    Keith Hruska, M.D., Takes Office as President of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

    Date: September 15, 2011


    Washington, DC (September 20, 2011) – Keith Hruska M.D., will begin his term as president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), on September 20, 2011, the final day of the ASBMR 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, USA.  ASBMR is the world’s leading scientific organization for bone health research.

    “With more than 40 million Americans affected by bone diseases and an aging population, now is a critical time for bone health research,” Dr. Hruska said.  “The ASBMR is the epicenter of translating research into clinical practice and advancements in our field are being realized at a rapid pace. I am very enthusiastic about the potential to improve the health and quality of life for patients with skeletal diseases through cutting edge scientific research being conducted today.”

    Dr. Hruska is currently professor of pediatrics, medicine and Cell Biology at Washington University and Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. His current research focuses on the skeletal contribution to cardiovascular morbidity associated with kidney disease He has uncovered an important relationship between the skeleton and vascular calcification in early chronic kidney disease, the time for life saving intervention.

    A graduate of Creighton University and Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Hruska did his internship and residency at Cornell University. His distinguished career with Washington University began as a post-doctoral trainee in the Renal Division, where he continues to practice and teaches today.

    In addition to his many articles in peer-reviewed publications, he has served as editor of American Journal of Physiology Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology; editor of Calcified Tissue International, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

    Prior to stepping into the role of president -elect and now president of ASBMR, Dr. Hruska previously served the Society as Secretary/Treasurer from 2006-2009.

    The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the leading professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism. ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, an official journal (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research), the Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, advocacy and interaction with government agencies and related societies. To join ASBMR, and to learn more about upcoming meetings and publications, please visit www.asbmr.org.