I hope each of you enjoyed the opportunity at the end of 2021 to relax with family and friends, and recharge for 2022. I wish each of you a very Happy New Year!
Despite recent concerning headlines, I remain optimistic that we will again be able to come together in-person in 2022. As a reminder, this year’s ASBMR Annual Meeting will be held September 9-12 in Austin, Texas, USA.
I am excited about the innovations that the Annual Meeting Program Committee are planning for the September meeting and being led by Chair Raj Thakker, M.D., FRS and Co-Chairs Christa Maes, Ph.D. (Basic), Marc Wein, M.D., Ph.D. (Translational) and Emily Stein, M.D. (Clinical). I will be highlighting these exciting innovations progressively over the coming months, so stay tuned!
Planning for the pre-meeting symposium occurring one day prior to the Annual Meeting is also underway. This year’s symposium is entitled Rare Diseases: From Molecules and Mechanisms to Therapeutics. The Organizing Committee for this symposium is being led by Anna Teti, Ph.D., Erik Imel, M.D. and Frank Rauch, M.D. The Society is also working with the Rare Bone Disease Alliance on the planning of this event.
The abstract submission deadline for both the Annual Meeting and Pre-Meeting Symposium will be in the spring with the specific date to be announced in the coming weeks.
Over the past two years, the Society has invested significant resources to be there for our members when they needed us the most! This year will be no different. Just last month, the ASBMR Council approved the Society’s 2022 budget. The Society will focus its financial resources on key investments to position the organization for the future, as well as on impactful programs that continue to invest in our ASBMR members.
One important program that the leadership voted to expand is Annual Meeting travel grants for both early stage investigator and mid-career members. For 2022, the Society has doubled the amount of funding available. Our goal is simple. We want to enable as many members as possible to come together in-person at this year’s Annual Meeting to reconnect with colleagues and experience first-hand the exciting innovations to the program and advances in science.
We greatly value your support and engagement and thank you for your commitment to us in 2021. We ask that you continue to be a part of our special community and commit to making ASBMR your scientific home in 2022 and beyond. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2022, I encourage you to visit the ASBMR website to do so. As a special offer to current members, you can now sign up for our discounted 3-year renewal option. If you have any membership questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us or contact email@example.com.
Peter Ebeling, AO, FRACP, MBBS, MD, FASBMR