ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Awards
Through the gifts from our generous donors dedicated to supporting young investigators, the ASBMR Fund for Research and Education provides two awards annually to two young investigators who are awarded based on their outstanding abstracts presented at the ASBMR Annual Meeting. See below for the stories on how these awards have helped the recipients with their careers:
2020 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Awardees
The recipients of the two awards were Samantha Weaver, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic for the abstract, "Phlpp1 and Phlpp2 differentially regulate endochondral ossification and chondrogenesis" and Kosei Nagata, M.D., University of Tokyo for the abstract "Runx3 protects articular cartilage by direct induction of Prg4."
Samantha Weaver, Ph.D.
Kosei Nagata, M.D.
2020 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Diversity Young Investigator Award
The recipient of the award was Claudia Cristina Biguetti, University of Texas at Arlington for the abstract "A Simultaneous Bone and Muscle Surgical Injury Model Reveals Age/Gender Differences in Musculoskeletal Healing."
Claudia Cristina Biguetti, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
2020 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Emerging Country Young Investigator Award
The recipient of the award was Priyanka Singh, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh, India for the abstract "Quantitative histone acetylation analysis of GATA3 and PAX1 transcription factor genes in primary hyperparathyroidism."
2019 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Awardees
The recipients of the two awards were Mackenzie Hagan, Augusta University for the abstract, "Impaired pericellular matrix production and selection for enhanced cell membrane repair with aging may impair responses to mechanical loading in the aging skeleton" and Owen Cronin, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh for the abstract Evolution of early Paget’s disease in SQSTM1 mutation carriers: baseline analysis of the ZiPP study."
Mackenzie Hagan (L), ASBMR 2019 President Bart Clarke, M.D. (R)
Owen Cronin, Ph.D.
"It is a real honor to receive a Young Investigator Award from ASBMR. Attending and presenting at the conference has been hugely rewarding experience. The award has already elecated my C.V., as well as allowing me to present in the U.S.A for the first time. I hope to use the funds from the award to further my research skills."-Owen Cronin, Ph.D.
2019 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Diversity Young Investigator Award
The recipient of the award was Laura E. Flores, University of Nebraska Medical Center for the abstract "Evaluating the Relationship Between Physical Activity Level and Bone Structure: a pQCT Analysis."
Laura E. Flores (L), ASBMR 2019 President Bart Clarke, M.D. (R)
"As a recipient of the 2019 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Diversity Young Investigator award, I was able to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in Orlando and present my work! This award not only made this conference possible for me, but made me feel very appreciated by the society. I think this award symbolizes ASBMR's dedication to improving diversity among young researchers, and throughout the society. This is a meaningful statement to early researchers from underrepresented populations, like myself, and does not go unnoticed. I also had the tremendous opportunity to network with other award winners, donors, and ASBMR board members, and make connections across the nation. I truly feel like ASBMR is making meaningful progress in diversity and inclusion, and I am grateful for the support! ."-Laura E. Flores
2019 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Emerging Country Young Investigator Award
The recipient of the award was Yiming Lei, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Cell Microenvironment and Disease Research, Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Cell Microenvironment, and Department of Biology, Southern University of Science and Technology for the abstract "Pinch regulates chondrogenesis by control of TGF-β1 signaling and expression of Sox9 and Runx2 in chondrocytes"
Yiming Lei (L), ASBMR 2019 President Bart Clarke, M.D. (R)
2018 ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Awardees
The recipients of the two awards were Amy T. Bunyamin, University of Saskatchewan for the abstract "Reliability of annual changes and monitoring time intervals for bone strength, size, density and micro-architectural development at the distal radius and tibia in children: A 1-year HR-pQCT follow-up" and Jayenth K. Mayur, M.B.S., Rutgers University Medical School for the abstract "Vanadyl Acetylacetonate Increases Bone Formation and Inhibits Osteoclast Differentiation in a Diabetes-Related Osteoporotic Rat Model."
Amy T. Bunyamin (L), ASBMR 2018 President Michael J. Econs, M.D. (R)
"The grant I received from the ASBMR fund has helped me and my career because being fairly early in my career as a master’s student, the grant has helped elevate my CV and my future plans on pursuing possible Ph.D. positions elsewhere in the field."- Amy T. Bunyamin
Jayenth K. Mayur, M.B.S.
"The grant from the ASBMR Fund is going to help me in my career because our lab has so many projects going on right now, it’s not just the project we receive an award for, we have several projects going on, so I would really like to use that money towards furthering those projects."-Jayenth K. Mayur, M.B.S.
2017 Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Awardees
The recipients of the two awards were Jasna Aleksova, Ph.D., Endocrinology Fellow, Monash Health, Australia and Thomas Funck-Brentano, M.D., Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenberg, Sweden.
"It was a great privilege and honor to receive the ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigators Award. As an emerging researcher it was incredibly encouraging and motivating to receive such a prestigious award recognizing the hard work behind the scenes. The awards ceremony was also a great opportunity to meet with other young researchers and engage with more senior members of the ASBMR. These awards established by the ASBMR are a generous contribution to promising young investigators providing them encouragement to pursue their research in the bone field." - Jasna Aleksova, Ph.D.
Pictured L to R: Jane Cauley, Ph.D., ASBMR 2017 President, and Jasna Aleksova, Ph.D.
"It is a real honor to receive this “ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Award”. This recognition is a wonderful booster to keep going further in improving the prevention and treatment of bone diseases. The ASBMR annual meeting is a great opportunity to gather researchers from all around the world and with diverse and complementary backgrounds. I’m so glad that this Award enabled me to be one of them!" - Thomas Funck-Brentano, M.D., Ph.D.
Pictured L to R: Jane Cauley, Ph.D., ASBMR 2017 President, and Thomas Funck-Brentano, M.D., Ph.D.
2016 Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Awardees
The recipients of the two awards were Yuvaraj Sambandam, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina for the abstract, "MVNP Modulation of NFAM1 Signaling Enhances Osteoclast Formation and Bone Resorption Activity in Paget's Diseas of Bone" and Chantal Wiepjes, VU Medisch Centrum for the abstract, "The Effects of Cross-sex Hormonal Treatments in Transgender Persons on their Bone Mineral Density: a 1 year Prospective Observational Study."
"I feel extremely pleased and grateful for receiving this important “ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigator Award” which boosts my confidence to next level. Also, I am very appreciative of the award which definitely encouraged and helped me to keep moving forward with my future research endeavors in the field of bone biology. As always I am enthusiastic about an association with ASBMR which brings top scientists together and provide a platform to interact and discuss with them which motivates young scientist like me.” - Yuvaraj Sambandam, Ph.D.
|Pictured L to R: Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., ASBMR 2016 President, and Yuvaraj Sambandam, Ph.D.
“I felt deeply honored to receive the new ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Young Investigators Award. As I was still in the first year of my PhD trajectory, receiving this award was a great incentive to go ahead in the field. In addition, attending the Award Ceremony was a wonderful opportunity to meet other young investigators in the bone field.” - Chantal Wiepjes
|Pictured L to R: Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., M.P.H., ASBMR 2016 President, and Chantal Wiepjes