Rick Sumer, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60612
October 15, 2016
Welcome to the web site of the International Society of Bone Morphometry (ISBM). Please help us make this a living site so that we can help advance the field. By becoming a member, you have direct access to protocols and easy access to experts in the field. This is increasingly important, as many studies are showing bone phenotypes for genes not thought to directly affect the skeletal system. Take advantage of the expertise offered by our society!
ISBM was founded in 1973, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1996. The mission of ISBM is to emphasize the importance of traditional morphometric techniques in the field of bone research, to embrace new technologies that result in refinements and advances in bone morphometric analyses, and to facilitate the education and training of basic scientists and clinicians in all aspects of bone morphometry. Many preclinical and clinical studies utilize bone morphometry as an essential technique to assess changes in bone structure and function in response to a variety of influences such as hormones, cytokines, growth factors, mechanical loading, and bone-active drugs. Very importantly, bone morphometry is critical for skeletal phenotyping of knockout and transgenic mice. Current progress in the technology of genome editing such as CRISPER/Cas 9 further increases the demand for bone morphometry to understand the functions of molecules in vivo. Recent rapid advances in human bone imaging such as HR-pQCT are emphasizing the importance of bone morphometry as a tool for patient evaluation and monitoring drug efficacy in clinical practice. In addition, the basic principles for performing bone morphometry and some of the techniques, such as microcomputed tomography, can now be extended to the study of other skeletal tissues such as articular cartilage.
Last year we held the XIIIth Congress of the Society on April 27-29, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. This meeting was highly successful in exchanging new scientific information, technological advances and provocative ideas and thoughts. ISBM not only serves to educate and instruct young scientists in skills and technologies, but also promotes the value and excitement of morphology in the field of skeletal biology and pathology. Our next ISBM meeting is tentatively scheduled for Orlando in September, 2019, immediately after the ASBMR meeting. I very much look forward to seeing all of you at the next congress.