The mission of the ICMRS is to promote scientific and professional excellence and to enhance communication among scientists with Chinese and other national heritages in the field of musculoskeletal research and related areas. ICMRS supports collaborations, networking and research exchange, and career development among our members through sponsoring and organizing scientific conferences, workshops, and academic events. Through these joint and continuous efforts, our ultimate goal is to promote new discoveries and advance basic, translational, and clinical research, and to provide quality care of musculoskeletal disorders worldwide.
ICMRS was established in 1994 at Sun Valley with 25 initial members and was originally named the International Chinese Hard Tissue Society (ICHTS). Currently, the Society is serving more than 600 members worldwide. It has become a matured international scientific society with different levels of memberships, including Lifetime, Regular, and Student Memberships. Many members have achieved their career growth along with the Society and now become the leaders of academic institutions, industries, and government agencies. The Society conducts two membership meetings at the annual ORS and ASBMR conferences and organizes the International Conferences in Osteoporosis and Bone Research (ICOBR) in even years, and the International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Conference (ICMRC) in odd years. During these meetings, outstanding young scientists in the musculoskeletal research field are identified and awarded the Web Jee Young Investigator Awards. Thus far, more than 200 awards have been presented, and many of the awardees have become field leaders. In the past decade, the quality of scientific research conducted by ICMRS members has witnessed rapid growth. To assist our members, ICMRS conducts SCI paper writing workshops, and lab technical seminars. ICMRS promotes collaborative efforts among ICMRS members. Establishing the first two ICMRS Collaboration Centers in 2007-2008 was an initiation and testing process, much like a scientific incubator to enhance basic and clinical research. The success of this collaboration is evidenced by the growing numbers of Collaboration Centers in China that currently stands at 32 in 2020. To meet the growing needs of the Society, the Society establishes affiliation with two new journals, Bone Research and Journal of Orthopaedic Translation. In addition, ICMRS has long-term relationships with many established international scientific societies, i.e., Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies (IFMRS), International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS), Chinese Society of osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Research (CSOBMR), and Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS). These activities have enhanced our collaborations with the reputed worldwide scientific community, and maintain momentum for globally promoting scientific excellence in musculoskeletal research and patients’ healthcare.