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Letter from ASBMR President Teresita Bellido, Ph.D. June 11, 2020
 

Dear Colleagues,
 
Earlier today a message was sent out to all members announcing that the ASBMR Council has decided to transition our 2020 Annual Meeting to a completely virtual event, taking place September 11-15. This decision was not made lightly, but with the safety, health and well-being of our members and attendees as our top priority. We are confident that a virtual event will allow us to provide the same caliber of content and knowledge exchange as our in-person meetings – only with more dynamic and more interactive digital presentations.
 
We also recognize that many of our members and attendees have been financially impacted by COVID-19. To help during these extraordinary circumstances, I am pleased to share that the ASBMR Council decided that registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting will be free for all ASBMR members.
 
After extending the 2020 Abstract Submission deadline, we received nearly 1,000 abstracts which is comparable to our 2019 regular submission total. Sixty one percent of this year’s abstracts were submitted by our young investigators—10% higher than last year. We also had a large number of submissions from outside of North America. With this strong participation, we are excited and confident that the 2020 Annual Meeting will have the top-quality research, presentations and sessions for which our program is known.  More details regarding the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting will be shared over the coming weeks and registration will open in July. We have compiled a FAQ page on the ASBMR website.


In a statement to the membership last week, I noted that as an organization, we “have an opportunity and obligation to listen to each other and lift our collective voice against social injustice and racism.”
 
As a first step, ASBMR hosted a virtual listening session on June 4th to provide members with the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings on the horrific loss of life of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and began to discuss actions that we can take as a community. Over 40 members from around the world participated for an hour of emotional and powerful conversation. A recording of the listening session is available here. A follow up session will occur tomorrow, Friday, June 12th at 10:00AM EDT/9:00AM CDT and you can register here for this event.
 
Also last week, the ASBMR Council unanimously voted to upgrade the ASBMR Diversity Subcommittee to a full standing committee. Discussion of this change started in February 2020 with the Council recognizing the importance of the subcommittee’s initiatives to our mission and strategic plan and the need for these goals to be driven by a full standing committee. The charges and members of the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have been posted to the ASBMR website.
 
ASBMR is committed to placing a deliberate focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), beginning with the following areas of focus:

  • Development of a Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Principles
  • Incorporation of DEI goals into our current Strategic Plan
  • Commitment to diverse representation within all ASBMR volunteer opportunities and award programs
  • Engagement on DEI topics through conversations and educational offerings 

I encourage each of you to play an active role in our efforts to help address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Engage in the conversation, reach out to your colleagues, listen and educate yourself. The ASBMR DEI Committee has compiled a list of suggested anti-racism resources, and again invites you to join them in their Listening Session tomorrow.
 
Each of us has agency and a responsibility to act and help bring about a more inclusive scientific community. Let us do so today.
 
Sincerely,
 
Teresita Bellido
ASBMR President

 
 

Last week, the ASBMR Council voted to transition the 2020 ASBMR Annual Meeting to a completely virtual event, taking place September 11-15 as a result of health and safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.

While this is not the event we envisioned when we began planning in early 2020, we are excited by the opportunities it will provide our members and attendees to experience the cutting-edge research our meeting is known for through a more dynamic digital means, as well as with a wider global audience. Our virtual meeting will allow for more engagement with your peers and offer new interactive presentation opportunities.

We also recognize that many of our members and attendees have been financially impacted by COVID-19. To help during these extraordinary circumstances, the ASBMR Council has approved that all ASBMR members will receive free registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting. Please click here for more FAQs and information on the 2020 ASBMR Annual Meeting.
 

Join Us for Tonight’s ASBMR Virtual Happy Hour at 6:00PM EDT/3:00PM PDT Sponsored by the ASBMR Women’s Committee


All ASBMR members are welcome to come together for a virtual happy hour/coffee break, today at 6:00PM EDT/3:00PM PDT. Join the ASBMR Women’s Committee for a chance to network and chat with your colleagues and discuss how you have been adjusting to life during COVID-19. Click this link to register for this free event. We hope to have you join us later!
 
Join us for the ASBMR Webinar: “Osteohematology: Interactions of Bone and Blood in Health and Disease” tomorrow from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT. Listen in as Dr. Joy Wu, M.D., Ph.D. provides an overview of the mechanisms by which the osteoblast lineage can influence hematopoiesis, shows examples of reciprocal interactions between bone health and blood counts, and presents future research directions at the intersection of hematology and bone biology.
 
Please click here for more information on the webinar, speaker and registration.
 

ASBMR Council Votes to Move the Diversity Subcommittee to a Full Standing Committee: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee


Last week, the ASBMR Council unanimously voted to upgrade the ASBMR Diversity Subcommittee to full committee status. The new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) will ensure that ASBMR embodies all facets of diversity so that all members, irrespective of race, ethnicity, nationality, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, income, physical and mental ability thrive in the bone and mineral research field. The immediate goals, charges and list of members of the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee are available on the ASBMR website.
 

You're Invited to Tomorrow's ASBMR Listening Session at 10:00AM EDT


Last Thursday ASBMR hosted a virtual listening session on June 4th to provide members with the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings on the horrific loss of life of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and began to discuss actions that we can take as a community. A recording of this listening session is available here.

We invite you to join us for another listening session tomorrow, Friday, June 12 at 10:00AM EDT. We are committed to providing a platform for hard conversations and taking the time to listen to each other and lift our collective voice against social injustice and racism. Register for this listening session here.
 

Agreement Between Wiley and Jisc Covers Open Access Fees for JBMR® Plus


A new agreement between our publisher Wiley and Jisc means that United Kingdom-based researchers at participating institutions may now publish open access in JBMR® and JBMR® Plus at no direct cost. The agreement aims to support and accelerate open access publishing in the UK and is the most extensive UK-based transitional agreement, covering 138 Jisc member institutions. If you are based at a participating institution, you can now also browse and read the entire portfolio of journals available on Wiley Online Library. To find out more and see if you are eligible to have your publishing fees covered, go to wileyauthors.com/Jisc.
 
Wiley now has agreements covering open access publishing fees for researchers in a number of countries. You can read more and find out if you’re eligible here.
COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resources

ASBMR is compiling a list of COVID-19 resources for our members to access. All of these resources can be accessed on our website here. Have a resource that you would like to share? Email us at asbmr@asbmr.org
 
Upcoming Webinars: 

Thursday June 18, 2 P.M.EST: Research!America Webinar: Partnership, Progress, Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Discovery
 
Friday, June 19, 2020, 12 p.m. ET: Research!America Webinar: Dr. Jeff Allen, President and CEO of Friends of Cancer Research, will discuss the COVID-19 Evidence Accelerator, an initiative launched by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA in collaboration with Friends of Cancer Research. Dr. Allen will also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected clinical trials for cancer and what it may take to ramp up research again.
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1 p.m. ET: Research!America Webinar: Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at NIH, will discuss the Institute’s COVID-19 response and the precarious intersection between the pandemic, individuals with substance use disorders, and substance misuse.


Listen Now:

Subway Summit Webinar Series: COVID-19 Lessons Learned from the Epicenter

News:

How COVID-19 is Changing Research Culture
Digital Science
(June 4, 2020)

Scientific Journal Articles:

Scientific Editing in the COVID‐19 Era – Personal Vignettes from the JBMR Editors
JBMR®
In this editorial, JBMR® Editors share personal experiences coping with the current COVID-19 crisis, with the hope that putting a human face to it may help and inspire our readers. As an ASBMR member, we encourage you to share your own story with the @ASBMR community on social media using the hashtag #BonehealthCOVID.
 
Osteoporosis Management in the Era of COVID‐19 
JBMR®
 
COVID-19, Medical Education, and Bone Health: Insights from Project ECHO
Journal of Clinical Densitometry®

Partner Resources:

Wiley COVID-19 Resources
FASEB Coronavirus Information
 
JBMR® Highlights
Gene‐metabolite network linked to inhibited bioenergetics in association with spaceflight‐induced loss of male mouse quadriceps muscle
Nabarun Chakraborty MS MBA David L. Waning PhD Aarti Gautam PhD Allison Hoke MS Bintu Sowe MS Dana Youssef BS Stephan Butler BS Michael Savaglio MS Paul J. Childress PhD Raina Kumar MS Candace Moyler BS George Dimitrov MS Melissa A. Kacena PhD Rasha Hammamieh PhD
First Published:  8 June 2020
 
A polygenic risk score as a risk factor for medication‐associated fractures
Despoina Manousaki MD Vincenzo Forgetta PhD Julyan Keller‐Baruch MSc Kaiqiong Zhao MSc Celia M.T. Greenwood PhD Vincent Mooser MD J. H. Duncan Bassett MD William D. Leslie MD J. Brent Richards MD
First Published:  8 June 2020
 
Genetic ablation of osteopontin in osteomalacic Hyp mice partially rescues the deficient mineralization without correcting hypophosphatemia
Betty Hoac, Maja Østergaard, Nina K. Wittig, Tchilalo Boukpessi, Daniel J. Buss, Catherine Chaussain, Henrik Birkedal, Monzur Murshed, Marc D. McKee
First Published: 05 June 2020
JBMR Plus® Highlights
The June Issue of JBMR Plus® is now online!
Career Opportunities in Bone
Do you have an open position you are looking to fill? Contact us at asbmr@asbmr.org to have your listing added to e-News Weekly.
Bone Science in the News
Bone Drugs May Have Added Benefit: Lower Pneumonia Risk
New York Times
(June 9, 2020)
 
Genetic risk score can predict timing of fractures in elderly people and aid prevention
Medical Xpress
(June 9, 2020)
 
Osteoporosis treatment may also protect against pneumonia
Medical Xpress
(June 3, 2020)
 
Amenorrhea & Bone Mineral Density in Women with HIV
Physician’s Weekly
(June 6, 2020)
 
Guidance for assessing bone density and microarchitecture in vivo with HR-pQCT
News Medical Life Sciences
(June 2, 2020)
 
Researchers caution against ‘misinformation’ on vitamin D during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Healio Endocrinology
(June 2, 2020)
Events Calendar
June 11, 2020
ASBMR Virtual Happy Hour
Sponsored by the ASBMR Women’s Committee
Online, United States

June 12, 2020
ASBMR Listening Session
Online, United States
 
June 12, 2020
ASBMR Webinar: Osteohematology: Interactions of Bone and Blood in Health and Disease
Online, United States
 
June 18, 2020
ASBMR Research Interest Call
Presented by the ASBMR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Online, United States
 
June 18, 2020
IOF Bonecast: Making the Best of FLS –Key Performance Indicators
Online, United States
 
June 23-25, 2020
ECTS-Gemstone Digital Masterclass for PhD Students, Trainees and Young Investigators
Online, United Kingdom
 
July 2, 2020
Rare Bone Disease TeleECHO Clinic Series: Management of Pregnancy & Delivery in the Patient with a Skeletal Disorder
Online, United States
 
 
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