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    ASBMR Mourns the Passing of Colleague and Friend, Steven Boonen, M.D., Ph.D.

    Date: May 22, 2013

    We are sad to announce the sudden death of Steven Boonen, M.D., Ph.D. on May 20, 2013, in Lisbon, Portugal at the age of 50.

    Dr. Boonen was an internationally recognized expert in the field of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, who was actively involved in bone disease research, education and patient care. His translational and clinical research activities focused on determinants of age-related skeletal fragility and on strategies to reduce fracture risk.

    Specific areas of expertise included musculoskeletal frailty, osteoporosis in old age and innovative trial design. In recent years, he was intimately involved in the design and coordination of a number of multicenter clinical trials of various pharmacological agents for the promotion of musculoskeletal integrity in patients with osteoporosis. He was an active and regular contributor to the ASBMR Annual Meeting for many years, participating as an abstract reviewer, session moderator, symposium speaker and Meet-the-Professor presenter.

    He was also a prolific author, having published widely on age-related bone fragility and fracture risk in numerous journals, including: Annals of Internal Medicine, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, Osteoporosis International and New England Journal of Medicine. Over the years, he was an author on 126 papers published in JBMR

    Dr. Boonen was Professor of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Leuven University Faculty of Medicine; Head of the Gerontology and Geriatrics Section of the Leuven University Department of Experimental Medicine; Head of the Leuven University Hospital Division of Geriatric Medicine; Director of the Leuven University Hospital Center for Metabolic Bone Diseases and Senior Clinical Investigator of the National Fund for Scientific Research.

    To share a message of support or a fond memory for his family to receive, please post them on the ASBMR website.