ASBMR Hosts Bone and Skeletal Muscle Research Meeting in Kansas City

ASBMR Hosts Bone and Skeletal Muscle Research Meeting in Kansas City

















UMKC and Kansas City welcomed research scientists from around the world to the first American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) “Topical Meeting on Bone and Skeletal Muscle Interactions,” which took place at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center Hotel, July 17–18, 2012.

The goal of the meeting was to draw together leading muscle and bone researchers nationally and internationally along with invited experts to exchange ideas and identify critical research areas that would lead to collaborations to address musculoskeletal disease. The meeting sought to address the fact that throughout life bone and muscle are intimately connected, and although this coupling clearly exists in both health and disease, little is known about responsible mechanisms other than loading. With that in mind, the meeting’s objectives were:

1. To begin to understand the close association between muscle and bone during development and growth and how nutrition and physical activity affect general health.
2. To dissect the association between sarcopenia and osteoporosis and determine what role aging plays in these processes.
3. To identify molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for the close association between muscle and bone in both health and disease and with aging.
4. To define defective mechanotransduction in both muscle and bone and identify means to treat musculoskeletal disease.
5. To identify means to prevent, treat or reverse muscle and bone loss.
6. To determine if muscle communicates with bone independent of mechanical loading.
7. Based on the proceedings of the meeting, assess the feasibility of establishing a combined research field that integrates muscle and bone physiology in order to generate a better understanding of how these two tissues integrate and crosstalk in both health and disease.

The organizing committee of the meeting included:
Lynda F. Bonewald, Ph.D., Chair: University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D., Co-Chair: Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Thomas L. Clemens, Ph.D.: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Karyn Esser, Ph.D.: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H.: Institute for Aging, Hebrew SeniorLife and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Regis J. O’Keefe, M.D.: University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA
Eric S. Orwoll, M.D.: Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
Charlotte A. Peterson, Ph.D.: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

The meeting was supported by Grant R13AR063602 from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), National Institutes of Health (NIH).