Bone Research Society Bone Research Society

Dear Member

It’s an honour and privilege to take up the Presidency of the Bone Research Society.

My first duty is to thank our retiring President, Professor Cyrus Cooper, for his enormous contribution to the society. During his stewardship, the BRS has continued to develop its mission particularly in fostering links between basic and clinical science and in supporting the needs of younger investigators. I would also like to pay a special thanks to our out-going secretary, Colin Farquharson, for his tireless support in ensuring the smooth running of the society. I should also like to thank out-going committee members Andy Pitsillides and Nick Harvey, and welcome Tim Arnett as President-Elect, and Debbie Mason, Sanjeev Patel and Celia Gregson as new committee members. I am also looking forward to working with Eugene McCloskey, who will be taking over as secretary, and Nigel Loveridge who remains as treasurer.

  Jon Tobias

Before looking ahead to the next two years, I would like to reflect on one or two things. First, I would like to echo sentiments expressed at the recent AGM in Glasgow at the recent loss of two stalwarts of the society, namely Mike Horton and Trudy Roach, whose contributions and enthusiasm will be sadly missed. Secondly, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone involved in making our last two meetings, jointly held with the British Society for Matrix Biology and European Calcified Tissue Society in UCL and Glasgow respectively, such a success. Even though BRS was only a junior partner in Glasgow, we had a major presence, with the BRS dinner, BRS oral session, BRS clinical session and young investigator meeting all representing memorable highlights. A special thanks is due to Roger Smith for presenting the Dent Lecture in which he gave us a fascinating insight into rare bone diseases.

Looking to the future, I am keen to continue with the format of holding our main annual meeting jointly with another society. Rather than simply being of economic necessity, I see this as a positive step towards achieving our mission of improving links between clinical and laboratory scientists in the bone field. I’m therefore delighted that our next meeting, in Cambridge June 27th-29th 2011, will be held jointly with the British Orthopaedic Research Society. I am hopeful that the 2012 annual meeting will also be held in partnership with a like-minded society, possibly the National Osteoporosis Society. In addition, I would like to encourage members to continue to come forward with suggestions to run shorter local meetings, and am keen that the BRS does everything it can to support these. As well as a forthcoming BRS clinical day meeting which is currently being planned, I would welcome suggestions from laboratory groups, for example to run technique based workshops.

I’m also keen to build on efforts to encourage and support the entry of young investigators into the bone field. I was delighted that the BRS was able to offer 24 Diamond jubilee bursaries to younger members attending the recent Glasgow meeting. We also offer support in the form of the Barbara Mawer travelling fellowship to help young investigators spend a period of time learning techniques in another centre. In addition, the young investigator session held at the annual meeting, intended to discuss practical aspects of developing a research career, has gone from strength to strength. A number of related initiatives are being planned, such as setting up of a discussion board on our website, and developing a mentoring program for young investigators coming into the bone field.

I’m eager to receive further suggestions for anything the society can do to help support its members and develop its mission statement, so please feel free to contact me by e-mail on

With best wishes

Jon Tobias MD PhD FRCP