Michael Econs, M.D.
Institution: Indiana University School of Medicine - Professor of Medicine
Position: Division Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Research Focus: Metabolic Bone disease with a particular focus on disorders of phosphate homeostasis, the genetics of osteoporosis, and osteopetrosis. My laboratory uses a wide variety of techniques and performs studies using human subjects, animal models and cell culture.
ASBMR Committee/Leadership positions:
Chair of Ethics Advisory Committee
Former ASBMR Councilor
What brought you to the bone field and why have you stayed?
I started seeing patients with X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets in clinic with Marc Drezner as a first year fellow. I decided to do my research with him and was put on a project that mixed clinical investigation and molecular genetics. This mix fit my personality very well and I still enjoy being at the interface between clinical medicine and basic science.
What has been your favorite ASBMR Annual Meeting moment?
Seeing Ken White receive the Fuller Albright Award in 2007. Ken did his postdoc with me from 1997 to 1999. There is nothing quite like seeing a former trainee receive this type of well-deserved recognition.
If you knew at the beginning of your career what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself?
Get out of the blocks quickly. It took me too long to publish my first few papers and that got my career off to a slow start. Being productive gives department chairs, grant reviewers, and others confidence that if they give you resources you will do good things with them. This leads to getting more resources and becoming even more productive. Obviously, there isn’t a direct correlation between resources and productivity, but not having adequate resources can inhibit success.
Dr. Econs is a Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine