Catherine Van Poznak, M.D.
Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Career Stage: Associate Professor
Research Focus: Breast cancer and bone
ASBMR Committee: ad hoc position on the ASBMR Education Committee
What brought you to the bone field and why have you stayed?
I am a medical oncologist who specializes in the care of those diagnosed with breast cancer. My clinical and translational research includes optimizing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis in women with early breast cancer and in maintaining bone integrity in patients with advanced breast cancer involving the bone. As cancer survivorship increases, so does the need to insure that those affected by cancer have a functional and pain free musculoskeletal system.
I have been drawn to the bone field due to the clinical need to better manage bone integrity in my patient population. The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the premier organization for interdisciplinary cutting edge science. My ASBMR membership and my associated ASBMR activities have profoundly influenced my patient care and my research.
What has been your favorite ASBMR Annual Meeting moment?
I view my ASBMR experiences as a continuum, with each meeting being richer and more rewarding than the prior one. As I take in the new data and perspectives at an annual meeting, I also have opportunities to network, delving deeper into friendships and collaborations while making new connections as well.
How does your research make a difference?
My clinical and translational research is targeted to improve cancer care. I am actively involved in clinical trials and correlative studies to define and mitigate skeletal complications of cancer and toxicities of cancer therapy. This work, in conjunction with that of others, is pushing the field forward.