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  • 11 Jul 2017 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

    WEBSTER JEE YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD

    2017 ICMRS-ASBMR MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    Colorado Convention Center, Denver, USA

    September 8th, 2017

    The International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS) will hold its 2017 ICMRS-ASBMR Membership Meeting at Denver, Colorado, on September 8th, Friday. The meeting is organized to provide a forum for ICMRS members to exchange the information in all frontiers of musculoskeletal research to bridge the knowledge gap between the scholars from different research fields. To recognize the achievement of young ICMRS members, three Webster Jee Young Investigator Awards will be presented to the winners at the meeting. The winners will be announced during the membership meeting and each awardee will receive an award certificate/plaque and a cash award of $500. All applicants are asked to attend the meeting because the award will only be given to the attendees. Applicants may find details about ICMRS at http://www.icmrs.net. For ICMRS, this is an year of transition  for the Presidency and new leadership will be announced in the meeting too. The program of 2017 ICMRS-ASBMR Membership Meeting will be announced soon.

    Eligibility

    l  Current ICMRS member (for registration: http://www.icmrs.net/join-us)

    l  First author of accepted ASBMR abstract for 2017 annual meeting

    l  Current graduate and/or medical student, post-doc or equivalent, junior faculty  

    and professionals who received PhD or MD no more than 5 years

    l  Has not received the award previously

    l  Applicants are not required to be of Chinese heritage

    Selection

    The accepted ICMRS abstract in both blind and un-blind formats should be submitted to the following e-mail address: icmrs@icmrs.net, no later than August 1, Tuesday. The size of attached documents should be smaller than 10 MB. All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed in blind fashion by a review panel appointed by the ICMRS Program Committee. The top scored abstracts will be selected as the winners. As a general rule, no more than one award will be given to the applicants from the same research laboratory/group.

    Meeting Information

    Time: September 8th, 2017, Friday, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Location: Colorado Convention Center Denver

    Registration: Free for members 


  • 05 Jun 2017 6:31 PM | Anonymous

    The International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS) cordially invites you to submit abstracts to the 3rd International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Conference (第三届国际华人骨科研究大会, ICMRC-2017), which will be held in Shihezi, Xinjiang, China on August 17-20, 2017. ICMRC-2017 is jointly organized by ICMRS and Shihezi University. It will also be held in conjunction with the 5th International Biomedical Forum of West China (第五届西部生物医学国际论坛). The theme of this conference is to “Enhance basic research, promote scientific and technological innovation, and serve The Belt and Road”.

    In addition to the presentations by distinguished ICMRS representatives, we are happy that eight world renowned scholars have confirmed to attend ICMRC-2017 and deliver plenary lectures as follows.

    Prof. Anne-Marie Malfait, Rush University       

    Title: Neurobiology of joint pain in osteoarthritis

    Prof. Regis O'Keefe, Washington University in St. Louis

    Title: TBD

    Prof. Henry Kronenberg, Massachusetts General Hospital

    Title: PTH receptor signaling in osteolineage cells and growth cartilage

    Prof. Mone Zaidi, Mount Sinai Hospital

    Title: Treating osteoporosis and obesity with a single agent

    Prof. Jonny Huard, University of Texas

    Title: Depletion of adult stem cells during aging and disease: implication for stem cell therapy

    Prof. Stuart Goodman, Stanford University      

    Title: Repair of bone defects in the 21st century: Is it as easy as it seems?

    Prof. Rocky Tuan, University of Pittsburgh     

    Title: Adult stem cell, tissue-specific extracellular matrix, and biomimetic scaffold for skeletal tissue engineering and regeneration: repair, restore, and re-create

    Prof. Nicola Partridge, New York University

    Title: Parathyroid hormone signaling to the nucleus and comparison to the new osteoanabolic, Abaloparatide

    The conference welcomes abstracts from the following themes.

         - New Perspectives in Musculoskeletal Research

         - New Insights in Osteoporosis

         - Advances in Joint Biology

         - Advances in Tissue Regeneration       

         - Musculoskeletal Stem Cells

         - Targeting Osteoporosis

         - Musculosketal Tissue Regeneration

         - Heterotopic Ossification

         - Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

         - Orthopaedic Biomaterials and Implants

         - Translational Medicine

         - Metabolic Bone Diseases

         - Spine Fractures and Innovative Therapies

         - Bone Tumors and Rare Bone Diseases

    Please prepare your abstract using the enclosed template. The Scientific Committee of ICMRC-2017 will select oral/poster presentations from submitted abstracts on a merit basis. Please indicate whether the presenting author is willing to give an oral presentation (preferably in English) if the abstract is selected. A number of awards (1st prize, 1; 2nd prize, 3; 3rd prize, 6) will be presented to the most outstanding presentations and the presenting author should be at the meeting to accept these awards.

    Abstract submission is open now. The submission deadline is June 20, 2017.  Notification of acceptance will be sent to the corresponding author on July 15, 2017. Please follow the abstract template and submit your abstracts to icmrs2017@sina.com

    For more information, please visit the ICMRC-2017 website:

    http://www.icmrs2017-shz.cn/

    We look forward to seeing you in Shihezi soon.

    Sincerely,

    Conference chairs:

    Prof. James H-C. Wang, President of ICMRS, University of Pittsburgh

    Prof. Xu Cao, Immediate Past President of ICMRS, Johns Hopkins University

    Prof. Jianxin Xie, Dean, School of Medicine, Shihezi University

    Prof. Chenhui Shi, President, The First Affiliated Hospital of Shihezi University

    Chairs of academic committee:

    Prof. Ling Qin, University of Pennsylvania

    Prof. Cunyu Wang, University of California, Los Angeles

    Prof. Regis O'Keeffe, Washington University

    Prof. X. Edward Guo, Columbia University

    Chairs of organizing committee:

    Prof. Youhui Chen, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Prof. Xinyu Peng, School of Medicine, Shihezi University

    Prof. Tingting Tang, Ninth People‘s Hospital of Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Prof. Li Cao, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University

    Executive chairs:

    Prof. Yi-Xian Qin, Stony Brook University

    Prof. Bin Li, Soochow University

    Prof. Mingxia Jing, School of Medicine, Shihezi University

    Prof. Weishan Wang, The First Affiliated Hospital of Shihezi University

  • 20 Apr 2017 11:48 AM | Anonymous


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    The 3rd International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Conference and the 5th International Biomedical Forum of West China

    Dear ICMRS members:

    Our society’s official meeting, the 3rd International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Conference (ICMRC), together with the 5th International Biomedical Forum of West China will be held this summer in Shihezi, Xinjiang, China, a beautiful city known as “The jade of desert”. This combined conference is organized and sponsored by International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS), Xinjiang Production & Construction Corps, Shihezi University, and Xinjiang Medical University.

     The theme of this conference is to “Enhance basic research, promote scientific and technological innovation, and serve The Belt and Road”. Aiming at enhancing communication among medical research colleagues, spreading the latest research findings and expanding the international view of domestic scholars, we will invite leading scholars from the United States, Australia, Japan etc and excellent domestic scholars from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and the mainland as speakers. They will share their cutting-edge research findings and technologies in the biomedical research field and exchange scientific information by various means, including presentations, seminars, and posters.

    The 5th International Biomedical Forum of West China, hosted by Shihezi University and jointly organized by ICMRS, is an international academic conference aiming to promote the biomedical research. It also aims to improve the level of diagnosis, treatment and comprehensive prevention of major diseases in the West China, especially in Xinjiang, by academic exchange and research collaboration with domestic and foreign colleagues in related fields.

    We cordially invite you to join us in the city of Shihezi and look forward to commencing a new chapter of biomedical research through communication and cooperation with you.

    Dates:

    August 17-20, 2017 

    Registration fee:

    Foreign representative: US$ 300; domestic representative: 1200 RMB (individual), 1000 RMB (group); ICMRS member: 800 RMB; students: 500 RMB.

    Venue:

    Henghe Hotel, 4 North Road, Shihezi, Xinjiang, China

    Accommodation:

    1. Henghe Hotel (5-star)

       Address: 4 North Road (on the west side of city hall), Shihezi, Xinjiang, China

       Tel.: (+86)-993-7522-030

    2. Corps Cadre Institute Training Center of Shihezi University

       Address: Boyuan building (East Gate of North Area of Shihezi University)

       Tel.: (+86)-993-265-4821

     

    Contacts:

    Address: School of Medicine, Shihezi University, 2 North Road, Shihezi, Xinjiang 832000, China.

    ContactsXiaohui Zou, Haoruo Jia, Sibo Wang

    Tel.:  18299088803, 18602900968, 13179932899

    Fax:  0993- 2015620

    E-mail zouxiaohui_lorna@126.com, icmrs2017@sina.com         

    Websitehttp://www.icmrs2017-shz.cn

    Organization:

    Organizers

    International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS)

    International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies (IFMRS)

    Science and Technology Committee of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps

    Foreign Experts Bureau of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps

    Shihezi University

    Sponsors

    School of Medicine, Shihezi University

    The First Affiliated Hospital of Medical College, Shihezi University

    The First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University


    Conference chairs:

    James H-C. Wang

    Xu Cao

    Jianxin Xie

    Chenhui Shi


    Chairs of academic committee:

    Ling Qin

    Cunyu Wang

    Regis O'Keeffe

    X. Edward Guo


    Chairs of organizing committee:

    Youhui Chen

    Xinyu Peng

    Tingting Tang

    Li Cao


    Executive chairs:

    Yi-Xian Qin

    Bin Li

    Mingxia Jing

    Weishan Wang


    Conference secretaries:

    Xiaohui Zou

    Haoruo Jia

    Sibo Wang


    Members of the academic committee (alphabetical):

    Xu Cao

    Youhui Chen

    Thomas L. Clemens

    Sheng Ding

    Neil Dong

    Xinzhing Dong

    Shiqing Feng

    Yun Guan

    X. Edward Guo

    Dingjun Hao

    Li Jin

    Qing Jiang

    David Ke

    Henry Kronenberg

    Bin Li

    Guoan Li

    Zhuojing Luo

    Peter Ma

    Anne-Marie Malfait

    Regis O'Keefe

    Ling Qin

    Yi-Xian Qin

    Herb Sun

    Tingting Tang

    Mei Wan

    Cun-Yu Wang

    James H-C. Wang

    Xisheng Wen

    Yin Xiao

    Jiake Xu

    Yingzi Yang

    Mone Zaidi

    Min Zhang

    Yingze Zhang

    Chenggong Zheng

    Minghao Zheng

    Hong Zhou


    Members of the organizing committee (alphabetical):

    Zhengdong Cai

    Li Cao

    Jiang Chang

    Keming Chen

    Lianfu Deng

    Cunyi Fan

    Feng Li

    Feng Li

    Gang Li

    Xianghang Luo

    Weijia Lv

    Dengshun Miao

    Hongwei Ouyang

    Guoxian Pei

    Jiang Peng

    Ling Qin

    Peng Shang

    Zengwu Shao

    Chenhui Shi

    Meishu Shi

    Bing Wang

    Weishan Wang

    Yongjun Wang

    Zhihong Wu

    Guozhi Xiao

    Jianxin Xie

    Jinglong Yan

    Huilin Yang

    Liu Yang

    Bin Yu

    Shengmin Zhang

    Xuedong Zhou

    Yiting Zhou

    Xuenong Zou


  • 28 Mar 2017 10:34 AM | Xuanliang Dong (Administrator)

    The 2017 ICMRS-ORS Membership Meeting was held at San Diego on March 20. More than 120 ICMRS members attended the meeting. After a special dinner and socializing event, Dr. Tingting Tang, Chair of Program Committee and President-Elect, announced the opening of the meeting. This was followed by a speech from the President, Dr. James Wang. He reviewed those ICMRS events in 2016 and accomplishments, particularly in membership reform, and finally announced the upcoming biennial meeting in Xinjiang this year.


    A major event in the meeting was the education workshop on opportunities and grant applications at the NIH, which was organized by Dr. Herb Sun, Chair of Education Committee of ICMRS. Dr. Fei Wang from NIH, and Dr. Yi-Xian Qin, Board Director of ICMRS, each gave a speech. Drs. Di Chen and Jeremy Mao then joined the panel discussions to share their views and experience as grant applicants and reviewers in NIH grant application. Two representatives from Chinese Orthopaedic Research Society (CORS), Dr. Shi-qing Feng and Dr. Hong-bin Lu also commented on their experience as reviewers for grant applications from National Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

     

    Following the workshop. Dr. Tingting Tang announced three winners of the Webster Jee Young Investigator Awards. Mr. Chao Liang from Hong Kong Baptist University, Ms. Qing Li from Drexel University, and Mr. Yun Gao from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, received an award, with a plaque and $500 check each.




    For more information about this ICMRS membership meeting, please visit the ICMRS website.


  • 27 Mar 2017 8:49 AM | Xuanliang Dong (Administrator)

    The Education Workshop “Opportunities and Grant Applications at the NIH” was held during the 2017 ICMRS-ORS Membership meeting organized by Dr. Tingting Tang, the President Elect, in San Diego on March 20, 2017. The workshop started with two keynote speakers: Dr. Fei Wang, Program Director of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Program, Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases at NIAMS, NIH, and Dr. Yi-Xian Qin, Professor and Director of Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory at Stony Brook University.


    Keynote speakers, Dr. Fei Wang and Dr. Yi-Xian Qin, and panelists, Dr Di Chen and Dr. Jeremy Mao, at the workshop.  From left to right: Dr. Yi-Xian Qin, Dr. Di Chen, Dr. Fei Wang, Dr. Jeremy Mao.

    Dr. Wang’s presentation titled “Initiatives of NIH and logistics for applications,” provided an overview of the NIH grant opportunities available for scientists at various stages of career development.  Dr. Qin’s presentation “Grant writing perspective” discussed how to choose an appropriate funding mechanism to apply to, and how to write a proposal with scientific rigor and to avoid potential fatal flaws. The slides from Dr. Fei Wang and Dr. Yi-Xian Qin are available to ICMRS members on the website.


    Panel discussion during the Education Workshop.

    The panel discussion was co-led by Dr. Wang, Dr. Qin, and panelists Dr. Di Chen, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Jeremy Mao, Professor of Dentistry and Director of the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration at Columbia University.  Dr. Chen and Dr. Mao shared some of their personal experiences and lessons regarding the strategy on applying for NIH grants.

    Dr. Rocky Tuan addressing a question raised by an ICMRS member.


    Dr. Shi-Qing Feng sharing his personal experience with the audience.


    Dr. Hongbin Lu giving her persepctive regarding grant applications and writing.

    Several ICMRS members in particular raised questions and joined the discussion with the panel, and other participants such as Dr. Rocky Tuan, University of Pittsburg, joined the discussion and shared their valuable insight.  The delegates from China, Dr. Shi-Qing Feng and Dr. Hongbin Lu also attended the meeting and shared their strong enthusiasm and personal experiences with the audience.  Many discussions continued after the meeting, with great feedback and suggestions on the workshop topic.

    The Education Committee would like to thank the speakers and panelists for their great contribution and outstanding work, the guidance from the ICMRS leadership, and the participation and support from the ICMRS members. 
  • 17 Nov 2016 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

    WEBSTER JEE YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD

    2017 ICMRS-ORS MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    March 20th, 2017, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

     

    Description

    The International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS) will hold its 2017 ICMRS-ORS Membership Meeting on Monday, March 20th, 2017 at San Diego. The meeting is organized to provide a forum for ICMRS members to exchange the information in frontiers of all musculoskeletal research, to bridge the knowledge gap between the scholars from different research fields, to promote young investigators in the field for successful career developments, and to share the successful experience in career development by senior researchers. To recognize the achievement of young ICMRS members, three Webster Jee Young Investigator Awards will be given at the meeting. The winners will be announced during the membership meeting and each awardee will receive an award certificate/plaque and a $500 check. All applicants are asked to attend the meeting because the award will only be given to the recipients who attend. Applicants may find details about ICMRS at http://www.icmrs.net. The program of 2017 ICMRS-ORS Membership Meeting will be announced soon.

    Eligibility

    l  Current ICMRS member (for registration: http://www.icmrs.net/user/register)

    l  First author of accepted ORS abstract for 2017 annual meeting

    l  Current graduate and/or medical student, post-doctor or equivalent, junior faculty  

    and professionals who received PhD or MD in less than 5 years

    l  Has not received the award previously

    l  Applicants are not required to be Chinese heritage

    Selection

    The accepted ICMRS abstract in both blind and un-blind formats should be submitted to the following e-mail address: icmrs@icmrs.net no later than January 9 (Monday), 2017. The attached documents should be smaller than 10 MB. All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed in blind by a review panel appointed by the ICMRS Program Committee. The top scored abstracts will be selected as the winners. As a general rule, no more than one award will be given to the applicants from the same research laboratory/group.

    Meeting Information

    Time:              Monday, March 20th, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Location:        San Diego Convention CenterSan Diego

    Registration: Free for members

     

  • 28 Oct 2016 10:15 AM | Minyi Hu (Administrator)

    International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS) Workshop on "Advances in Multidisciplinary Basic and Clinical Research on Spinal Disorders" was held in Shanghai, China on October 23, 2016.  The workshop was one of the five sessions of the Annual Meeting of the Chinese Traditional Medicine Society Musculoskeletal Injuries.  The six keynote speakers and their lecture topics were - Dr. Peter Ma (马晓龙), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, "Regenerating nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc using biodegradable nanofibrous polymer scaffolds"; Dr. Lin Qin (秦岭), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, "Spinal disorders induced by osteoporosis and clinical treatment"; Dr. Yi-Xian Qin (钦逸仙), New York University, Stony Brook, "Biomechanical mechanism and finite element simulation"; Dr. Yong-Jun Wang (王拥军), Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, "Prolonged instability induces calcified hypertrophy in the endplate of lumbar"; Dr. Bin Li (李斌), Soochow University, "Biomaterials for spinal repair and regeneration" and Dr. Di Chen (陈棣), Rush University, "Beta-catenin is a key mediator in the development of spondyloarthritis." 

    The workshop was chaired by Dr. Herb Sun (
    孙慧斌), Chair of the ICMRS Education Committee.  The workshop emphasized the basic concepts while providing the attendees with up-to-date advances in the field.   The workshop turned out to be a truly exciting event.  Although the Chair extended the discussion time, due to active participation, the discussion proceeded beyond the tea break and lunch time.  As Dr. Qi Shi (施杞) from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine said, "This workshop is a milestone that combines the treasures of traditional Chinese medicine with the cutting edge modern biomedical science and technology in the field."  Dr. Qingping Dong (董清平) from Hei-Long-Jiang Traditional Chinese Medical University made the following comment, "This was the most impressive symposium I ever attended. I hope this kind of Chinese traditional medicine and modern science communication and dialog will continue, and the workshop will be held again in the near future."  As Dr. James Wang (王惠聪), President of ICMRS, addressed in his opening remarks, education is one of the major missions of ICMRS. This workshop is the first of its kind, while many are on the way.  When the meeting concluded, Dr. Wang agreed with many of the meeting participants that the meeting accomplished its objective: "The workshop aims to promote scientific and professional excellence in the field of spine disorders.  The workshop will provide up-to-date, state-of-the-art science, and cutting edge research technology development in basic, translational, and clinical research."  The major contents of the workshop will be posted on the ICMRS website, which will be accessible to all ICMRS members.

    Group photo - Dr. James Wang, President of ICMRS, Dr. Yong-Jun Wang, acting president of the annual meeting (also keynote speaker), and keynote speakers and workshop faculty.

    Dr. James Wang delivering the opening remarks.

    Dr. Peter Ma delivering his keynote lecture.

    Dr. Ling Qin delivering his keynote lecture.

    Dr. Yi-Xian Qin delivering his keynote lecture

     

     

    Dr. Yong-Jun Wang delivering his keynote lecture.

     

    Dr. Bin Li delivering his keynote lecture.

     

    Dr. Di Chen delivering his keynote lecture.

    Dr. Herb Sun chairing the workshop.  Meeting in discussion.

     

     

    Audience at the workshop

     

    Workshop in discussion.

    Dr. Di Chen, Dr. Lian Ping Xing, and Dr. Yong-jun Wang - collaborators meeting at the workshop. 

     

  • 16 Oct 2016 9:41 AM | Anonymous

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    Advances in Multidisciplinary Basic and Clinical Research in Spine Disorders

    Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China

    October 23, 2016

    Sunday, October 23, 2016

    Program

    Introduction and Acknowledgement: Dr. Herb Sun (孙慧斌)

    Welcoming remark: Dr. YongJun Wang (王拥军)

    Opening remarks: Dr. James HC. Wang (王惠聪), ICMRS President

    Presentations

    Chair: Dr. Herb Sun (孙慧斌)

    8:158:50am

    Regenerating nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc using biodegradable nanofibrous polymer scaffolds.

    Peter Ma (马晓龙), PhD University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

    8:509:25am

    Spinal disorders induced by osteoporosis and clinical treatment.

    Ling Qin(秦岭), PhD
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, China

    9:2510:00am

    Biomechanical mechanism and finite element simulation.

    YiXian Qin (钦逸仙), PhD Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York, USA

    10:00am10:15am

    <Tea break>

    10:1510:50am

    Lower back pain and clinical consequences.

    YongJun Wang (王拥军), MD, PhD
    Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Shanghai, China

    10:5011:25am

    Biomaterials for spinal repair and regeneration.

    Bin Li (李斌), PhD Soochow University Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

    11:2512:00pm

    Betacatenin is a Key Mediator in the Development of Spondyloarthritis.

    Di Chen (陈棣), MD, PhD Rush University
    Chicago, Illinois, USA

    Organizing committee: Dr. YiXian Qin (钦逸仙)
    Dr. Yongjun Wang (
    王拥军)

    Dr. Tingting Tang (汤亭亭) Dr. Bin Li (李斌)
    Dr. Herb Sun (
    孙慧斌, Chair)

    Meeting coordinators: Dr. Hao Xu (徐浩) Dr. Sheng Lu (卢盛)

    Dr. YueLi Sun (孙悦礼) Dr. XueJun Cui (崔学军) Dr. Bin Li (李斌)

    主办单位:国际华人骨研学会 协办单位:上海中医药大学附属龙华医院 上海中医药研究院脊柱病研究所


  • 07 Oct 2016 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    17-21 June 2017, Brisbane, Australia.
    Combined meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) and the International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies (IFMRS), in conjunction with the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research (JSBMR).
    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – ICMRS members are entitled to a reduced registration fee and also have access to various awards and grants
    Further details at http://anzbms-ifmrs.org/ 

  • 19 Sep 2016 11:51 AM | Xuanliang Dong (Administrator)

    The annual ICMRS-ASBMR Membership Meeting was held in Atlanta on September 16, 2016. Dr. Ling Qin, the Membership Committee Chair, presided over the meeting. She started by thanking Dr. Tingting Tang, the chair of program committee for his leadership in the preparation of this meeting, and Dr. Neil Dong for an excellent job in putting together this meeting. Dr. James Wang, the President of ICMRS, gave a presidential report on the state of ICMRS and the society’s progresses in the last one year under his leadership. He stated that his team has achieved the initially set goals, thanks to the hard work from the ICMRS Executive Committee. In particular, he announced that a fully functional ICMRS website is in place now. This website has all-in-one solution, including website management, membership management, e-mail announcement, online payment and event registration. ICMRS membership has been reformed, and now there are more than 370 active members, including 129 student members, 159 regular members, and 82 life-time members. The membership continues to grow. Additionally, ICMRS has set up a mentor program, so far with 12 senior ICMRS life time members signed in to be mentors. Education Committee led by Chair Dr. Herb Sun has been very active in organizing various workshops for members, including the one on career development in the membership meeting, and one more is being planned on Advances in Multidisciplinary Basic and Clinical Research on Spinal Disorders in October this year. The China Development Committee, chaired by Dr. Bin Li, has expanded three new China Collaborative Centers in this year. For a more detailed report slides, please click here.

    As a tradition, the membership meeting was highlighted by the Webster Jee Young Investigator Awards. The winners in this meeting are Wanqing Xie from Rush University, Min Jin from Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, and Yanzhi Liu from University of Nebraska Medical Center and Guangdong Medical University. The three awardees were presented with an award plaque, and a cash prize of $500 each.

    More than 70 active ICMRS members and scientists attended the meeting. The following is the photo gallery from this meeting.










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