We are delighted to announce that Federico Moscogiuri started as the new IFMRS CEO on 7 January. Federico was selected out of close to 100 candidates who applied for this position after an international search and a stringent series of interviews of the top candidates.
Federico has previously held CEO positions in three UK medical membership organisations, including the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance. He has extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector, including 11 years in the health and care sector, 8 of which within the musculoskeletal field and has a very strong international outlook.
We are sure you will join us in welcoming Federico to the team and we look forward to working together to develop the strategy for the IFMRS' future.
IFMRS Strategy Discussion
With so much happening and being planned across the MSK research community this year – including the launch of the Musculoskeletal Genomics Knowledge Portal planned for next month – and with a new CEO just come into post, this is a good time for the Federation and its member societies to spend some time reflecting on our overall strategic direction and priorities not just for this year, but for the next few years. Doing so will ensure that we are being as strategic and effective as possible in what we do, while providing real added value to the work of our member societies and supporting our long-term sustainability.
As a first step in this process, we will be organising a Strategy Day for Board members and other key individuals in May, and Federico will continue to have conversations with all key stakeholders before then. Watch this space!
UPCOMING MEMBER SOCIETY EVENTS
ORS Annual Meeting
The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) is the international hub for biologists, engineers, clinicians, surgeon-scientists, orthopaedic surgeons, veterinarians, and those in the field of musculoskeletal science and orthopaedic care.
JOINT ORS/IFMRS SESSION
Sunday 9 February 2020, 13:30-15:00
Single Cell Omics for Musculoskeletal Research Organized by The IFMRS Big Data Working Group representatives:
Jennifer Westendorf, PhD and Muhammad Farooq Rai, PhD
The ability to analyze individual cells within a tissue or cell population is transforming biology and medicine by allowing for the identification of new cell types and lineages that are present during normal and disease states. This workshop will feature speakers who are using cutting edge technologies to study the epigenome, transcriptome and/or proteome of musculoskeletal tissues at the single cell level. Speakers will review the strengths and limitations of current single cell technologies (scRNA-seq, Cy-ToF, and sci-ATAC-seq) as compared to bulk technologies and summarize how these technologies are advancing our understanding of skeletal development and disease.
Using Single Cell RNA Sequencing to Determine Cellular Heterogeneity and Trajectories of Lineage Specification
Chia-Lung Wu, PhD, Washington University Exploring the Regulatory Control of Cartilage Development to Understand Skeletal Disease
Terence Capellini, PhD, Harvard University Single Cell Mass Cytometry (Cytof) Analyses to Map Cellular Heterogeneity in Healthy and Diseased Skeletal Tissues
Nidhi Bhutani, PhD, Stanford University
ISCD Annual Meeting
The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) will be presenting its 26th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on 29 April – 2 May, 2020. Discover educational topics that matter to you, learn about trending topics, explore the latest products and services, and grow your professional network. Expert faculty lead the in-depth courses on all facets of DXA, skeletal health assessment, osteoporosis diagnosis, and treatment as well as other specialty topics.
ECTS Annual Meeting
JOINT ECTS/IFMRS SESSION ON BIG DATA
Monday 18 May 2020, 13:30-14:30
Chair: Ralph Müller
Speakers: Fernando Rivadeneira and Emma Duncan
ANZORS Annual Meeting
Applications for the Phoebe Leboy Professional Development
The Phoebe Leboy Professional Development Award is for a female young investigator who resides outside the United States (preference given to those in an emerging and/or developing country). The award provides monetary resources for the selected individual to attend the 2020 ASBMR Annual Meeting, membership in ASBMR, and mentorship from female senior investigators in related areas of research. The award amount is up to $2,000 USD. To read more about the award and eligibility requirements, click here. Applicants must submit a draft of the abstract they plan to present at the 2020 ASBMR Annual Meeting, one letter of support, a current CV, and a summary of their career objectives. Applications will open Monday, January 13, with an application deadline of 14 February 2020.
Join the ECTS Webinars: interactive programmes including presentations of recent studies and findings, case-based presentations, online assessments and live discussions with key opinion leaders and experts in the field.
ECTS Webinar Series “Osteoanabolic Treatments for Osteoporosis”
A series of two webinars discussing the use of osteoanabolic treatments for osteoporosis.
This Webinar Series is supported in the form of a sponsorship by Lilly.
ECTS Webinar Series “Bone, Muscle & Beyond”
Educational webinars to convey knowledge on musculoskeletal topics, including state-of-the art lectures, novel technologies, debates, management skills.
These webinars feature prominent speakers and allow participants to ask questions.
ECTS Academy Webinar Series with ERC Grant Winners
Further information available here.
The XIVth Congress of the International Society of Bone Morphometry was held at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Orlando, FL, in September, 2019. Details of the meeting are available here. The XVth Congress is tentatively scheduled to be held in Denmark in the late spring or early summer of 2022. Preliminary planning is in progress.