Jo Price, BSc, BVSc Ph.D.
Institution: Bristol University, UK
Career Stage: Mid-Nearing End; Professor since 2005; Head (Dean) of Bristol University Veterinary School
Research Focus: Mechanobiology
ASBMR committee/leadership positions held: Member of Women’s Committee 2010-2013,
Former AIMM Board member
What brought you to the bone field and why have you stayed?
I started working in the bone field for two main reasons; while I was a veterinary undergraduate I was inspired by excellent role models working in bone research and during my time working as an equine veterinarian I developed a clinical interest in orthopaedics.
During my undergraduate training at Bristol I was taught by Lance Lanyon, who at that time was working with Clint Rubin on the avian ulna model in order to decipher how bones respond to their mechanical environment. Clint occasionally taught in the anatomy dissection room and spoke with great passion and enthusiasm about his research. He even tried to persuade me to give up my veterinary training and study for a PhD. However, I did qualify as a veterinarian and went on to spend some years in general equine practice where I had to deal with a range of musculoskeletal problems, many of which were career ending and had a major impact of animal welfare (e.g. fractures). What was frustrating for me as a clinician was that the pathogenesis of many of these conditions was `poorly understood and the treatment options were very limited.
I have remained in the bone field because it offers opportunities to address scientific questions that are clinically relevant, and I have always felt that my veterinary training has helped me make a difference. I also thoroughly enjoy the integration of basic and clinical science that is a defining characteristic of the bone field.
As an international researcher, how has membership with ASBMR benefitted you?
ASBMR has been of enormous benefit to me as an international researcher. The most important benefit has to be the quality and breadth of the science one is exposed to at the Annual Meeting. For me, inclusion of cutting edge research from other fields is one of the most positive features of the meeting. During my time as a member, JBMR® has also proved to be an incredibly useful resource. Being an ASBMR member has also enabled me to develop and maintain international collaborations and I have made some very good friends through the Society. In addition to the science, I have also found the many developmental activities that ASBMR supports to be incredibly valuable (grant writing workshops, career development events etc.). I have particularly enjoyed events organized by the ASBMR’s Women’s Committee and it has been a pleasure and privilege to have recently served on this Committee.
If you knew at the beginning of your career what you know now, what advice would you give yourself?
I would have advised her to study medicine, not veterinary science. I would also tell her to seek career advice from mentors, to make choices based on what feels right for herself, to learn how to say “No”, and to remember that there is more to life than work. I would also tell her to write up every paper and to plan experiments that tell a coherent story!