Public Release: 

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Annual Meeting Oct. 12-15

This year's annual meeting, being held in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, Oct. 12-15, 2012, brings together an estimated 5,000 researchers and clinicians from more than 60 countries


(Washington, DC) The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2012 Annual Meeting is the largest scientific meeting in the world on bone and mineral metabolism, offering an exceptional scientific program on innovative research, technology and new clinical treatments in bone diseases and disorders of mineral metabolism.

This year's Annual Meeting, being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, October 12 - 15, 2012, brings together an estimated 5,000 researchers and clinicians from more than 60 countries.

The meeting includes lectures and symposia plus more than 1,400 poster presentations and 200 oral presentations.

A Sampling of Highlights

Friday, October 12

  • Gerald D. Aurbach Memorial Lecture: Prospects for Therapies with Adult Stem/Progenitor Cells (MSCs) or Proteins They Produce
    Friday, October 12, 8:15-9:15 am (Main Auditorium)
    Keynote Speaker: Darwin J. Prockop, M.D., Ph.D., Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Medicine
  • Secondary Fracture Prevention Task Force Report - An Update, 10 - 11:00 am (Room 101C)
  • Symposium: Fracture Healing: Creating a Path to Regulatory Success, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Auditorium Room 1)
  • ASBMR/ECTS Clinical Debate - FRAX Is More Useful than Individual Risk Factors for Identifying Patients who will Experience Larger Reductions in Fracture Risk with Treatment, 3:30 - 4:30 pm (Main Auditorium)
  • ASBMR Discovery Hall Grand Opening, 5:45 pm (Lobby B)

Saturday, October 13

  • Louis V. Avioli Memorial Lecture: Advanced Bone Imaging in Osteoporosis: Monitoring Disease Progression, Predicting Fracture Risk, and Providing Surrogacy for Fracture Outcome - the "Holy Cow" or the "Holy Grail"
    Saturday, October 13, 8 -- 9:00 am, (Main Auditorium)
    Keynote Speaker: Harry Genant, M.D., University of California, San Francisco (USA)

  • Concurrent Oral Session 12: Bone Acquisition and Pediatric Bone Disease (Room 200DE)
    • Effects of a Specialized School Physical Education Program on Bone Structure and Strength: A 4-year Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial, 3:00 - 3:15 pm
    • Sustained Effects of Physical Activity on Bone Health: Iowa Bone Development Study, 3:15 - 3:30 pm
    • Does Stage of Sexual Maturation Determine Relationship of Calcium Intake and Physical Activity to Bone Mass Accrual, 3:30 - 3:45 pm
    • Symposium: Duration of Safety of Osteoporosis Therapy, 4:00 - 5:30 pm (Main Auditorium)

Sunday, October 14

  • Clinical Roundtable /Case Conference - Vitamin D and Repercussions of the IOM Report, 1:30 - 2:30 pm (Main Auditorium)Concurrent Oral Session 19: Muscle and Bone Interactions, 2:45 - 4:15 pm (Auditorium Room 1)

Monday, October 15

  • Concurrent Oral Session 30: Bone Acquisition and Pediatric Bone Disease (Auditorium Room 3)
    • Pre-Pubertal Bone Mass Predicts Peak Bone Mass - A 28 Year Prospective Observational Study of 214 Children, 10:45 - 11:00 am
    • Clinical Roundtable/Case Conference: Parathyroid Hormone, Hyperparathyrodism, and Hypothyroidism, 1:30 - 2:30 pm (Main Auditorium)
    • Concurrent Oral Session 36: Osteoporosis in Special Populations (Auditorium Room 3)
    • Determinants of Low Bone Mineral Density (BMD) in Young Women with Severe Anorexia Nervosa, 5:00 - 5:15 pm


For more media information, please go to and see "Media" under the ASBMR 2012 Annual Meeting or contact Amy Goetz, ASBMR Marketing & Communications,

NOTE: ASBMR will update its online press room throughout the conference with new releases, conferences highlights and images. For access, contact

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the leading professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism. ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, an official journal (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research), the Primer on Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, advocacy and interaction with government agencies and related societies. To learn more about upcoming meetings and publications, please visit

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.