National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

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NIAMS and ASBMR Hold Scientific Meeting to Better Understand Bone Quality

What: Bone Quality: What Is It and Can We Measure It? This two-day scientific meeting will bring together scientists from around the world to identify needs and future directions in bone quality research; highlight basic science, clinical, regulatory (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), and pharmaceutical perspectives; assess established and new methods for measuring bone fragility and how to facilitate their inclusion in clinical trials; and discuss novel mechanisms to bring together research efforts on bone quality to move the field forward.
When: Monday, May 2: 8:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Where: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

Sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). Co-sponsored by the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).


Osteoporotic fractures occur because of the failure of bone to resist loading. "Bone quality" is an ill-defined term used to describe the diverse factors influencing skeletal health and fracture risk that go beyond bone mineral density (BMD) measurement. Although BMD measurement is among the most useful clinical tools for diagnosing osteoporosis, its limitations have become apparent. Thus, bone quality and skeletal fragility are among the hottest topics for basic scientists, clinical investigators, and clinicians.

Contact: To register or for more information, call Melissa Haynes, ASBMR Media Manager, at 202-367-1219, send an e-mail to, or visit the Bone Quality Meeting Web site at
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