ASBMR Fund for Research and Education Research Grantees
In 2017, the ASBMR Fund for Research and Education established the Fund for Research and Education Research Grant. The Fund was able to award three research grants to three 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 young scientists make strides in the bone, mineral and musculoskeletal field.
"The impact of this Fund is very critical because not only does it help facilitate networking, but it also helps facilitate the collaborations especially for early state career individuals like myself. That is essential because you are trying to build these professional relationships to support a long research career" - - Amy Y. Sato, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine; Research Project: Training in novel techniques to evaluate muscle fiber composition and metabolism
Amy Y. Sato, Ph.D.
Xiaoyu Tong, M.D., Ph.D.. Kuopio Musculoskeletal Research Unit, Research Project: "Application of Quantitative Bone Histomorphometry and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging in Examination of Metabolic Bone Disorders."
Daniel Graham Whitney, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Research Project: "Destermine effects of bone marrow secretome from children with CP on osteoblast differentiation."
"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.