• Fund for Research and Education Research Grant Awardees

    In 2017, the ASBMR Fund for Research and Education established the Fund for Research and Education Research Grant. The Fund was able to award two research grants to two investigators to help them achieve more training and/or further enhance their research projects. Read below to learn how these grants, made possible by the generosity of ASBMR donors, are helping these two young scientists make strides in the bone, mineral and musculoskeletal field.

    "I am profoundly grateful and honored to have received the New ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Research Award. Such a prestigious award is invaluable at this stage of my scientific career and inspires me to further research in the field. This is a wonderful opportunity not only to advance and broaden my knowledge and skills as a scientist, but also provides unsurpassable networking possibilities for the future. I am looking forward with eagerness to making the most out of this opportunity and to participating in the next ASBMR event."  - - Jessica Alm, Ph.D., Karolinska Institutet, Research Team on Metabolic Bone Diseases, Department of Clinical Genetics, Center of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Sweden; Cellular manifestation of gene defects leading to osteoporosis – Functional characterization of the skeletal cell compartment

    Jessica Alm, Ph.D.

    "Thank you to the ASBMR Research Fund for providing me with the opportunity to travel to Imperial College, London to learn the methods of quantitative backscattered electron scanning microscopy (qBSEM) and Faxitron digital x-ray micro radiographic analysis. These unique high throughput methods were developed in the laboratories of Professor Duncan Bassett and Professor Graham Williams to examine mineral distribution in bone by capturing high resolution and high magnification images. With this opportunity, I will be able to apply both methods to my main model of research, in an effort to develop a technique allowing direct comparison of mineralisation levels detected by high resolution BSEM and Faxitron imaging with synchrotron-based Fourier Transform Infrared Microscopy methods of bone composition, a technique that I have developed during my graduate work. Combining these techniques will identify how calcium content, bone density and bone composition relate to each other in healthy and fragile bones." - - Christina Vrahnas, Ph.D., St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Australia; High throughput methods for quantitative backscattered electron scanning microscopy (qBSEM) and Faxitron digital x-ray micro radiographic analysis to examine mineral distribution in bone

    Christina Vrahnas, Ph.D.