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The mission of the International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS) is to promote scientific and professional excellence, and enhance communication among scientists of Chinese heritage and other international scholars in the field of musculoskeletal research and related areas. ICMRS aims to advance the global musculoskeletal research agenda through excellence in education, research collaboration, and networking through sponsorship and organizing various scientific conferences, workshops, and scientific events worldwide. ICMRS fosters early career researchers among members. ICMRS promotes the development of basic scientists and clinical researchers to assure continuing efforts for exploring new discoveries and advances for providing quality of musculoskeletal research and care in countries including outreach regions.  

Brief History

Established in 1994 at Sun Valley with only about 25 members,  ICMRS has grown tremendously, riding through waves of excitement and challenges, and has matured into a cohesive and strong academic organization in the past 26 years,. was ICMRS was originally named the International Chinese Hard Tissue Society (ICHTS). To date, the Society is serving more than 500 members worldwide. It has become a matured international scientific society with different levels of memberships, including Life Time, Regular, and Student Memberships. Many members have seen their careers grow along with the Society, and some of them are now leaders in academic institutions, industries, and government agencies. The Society conducts two annual 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 of these awards have been awarded, and many of the awardees have become field leaders. In the past decade, the quality of scientific research conducted by ICMRS members has witnessed a rapid boom.. To increase the quality of research and publications in the field of musculoskeletal research, ICMRS conducts SCI paper writing workshops, which are always well received. ICMRS also 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 clinic researches. The success of this collaboration is evidenced by the growing numbers of Collaboration Centers in China that currently stands at 32. To meet the growing needs of the Society, two new journals fully affiliated to the Society have been established. These are Bone Research of the Nature Publishing Group, and Journal of Orthopaedic Translation of Elsevier Publisher. ICMRS has had also established long-term relationships with many established international scientific societies, i.e., ORS, ASBMR, IFMRS, ICORS, and CSOBMR. Such momentum will lead the Society to its next excellence!

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