Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Appointed to Veterans Affairs Study Section

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Appointed to Veterans Affairs Study Section
Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, has been appointed to serve a 3-year term as a member of the Merit Review Subcommittee, Endocrinology – B, Special Emphasis Panel, Veterans Affairs (VA). Members are selected on the basis of their competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, […]

Mahshid Mohseni, MD, Top 10% Doctor in Patient Satisfaction; Accepted in the Washington University Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation

Mahshid Mohseni, MD, Top 10% Doctor in Patient Satisfaction; Accepted in the Washington University Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation
Bone and Mineral Division faculty Mahshid Mohseni, MD, ranked in the top 10% of patient satisfaction scores for the last 6 months of 2018. Electronic surveys are sent to patients after office visits to rate their experience, and Mohseni was among those Washington University Physicians with more than 10 survey responses and scores high enough […]

Division Faculty Advocate for NIH Funding and DXA Bill on Capitol Hill

Division Faculty Advocate for NIH Funding and DXA Bill on Capitol Hill
On January 30th, 2019, faculty of the Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases and of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery joined other members and leaders of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) in Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C., to advocate for the National Institutes of Health and predictable funding for scientific research […]

Advances in Marrow Adiposity by the Scheller & Craft Lab

Advances in Marrow Adiposity by the Scheller & Craft Lab
In a trio of recent papers, members of the Scheller & Craft lab and colleagues provide key insights about the function of the bone marrow adipocyte and its relationship with cells of the skeletal niche. First, they identify adrenergic receptors as key mediators of the biochemical and functional distinctions between peripheral fat and bone marrow […]

Mbalaviele Lab and Colleagues Published in PLOS Biology

Mbalaviele Lab and Colleagues Published in PLOS Biology
Jianqiu Xiao PhD, Chun Wang MD, PhD, Gabriel Mbalaviele PhD, and colleagues, published a paper in PLOS Biology in which they show that pyroptosis mediated by the pore-forming protein gasdermin D plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of a severe genetic autoinflammatory disorder known as neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease. Citation: Gasdermin D mediates the […]

Michael P. Whyte, MD, Awarded the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal 2019

Michael P. Whyte, MD, Awarded the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal 2019
Bone and Mineral Division Faculty Michael P. Whyte, MD, has been awarded the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal 2019. The Transatlantic Medal is awarded, on an annual basis, to a North American endocrinologist judged to have made significant contributions to the discipline. The award of this Medal was instituted to promote connections between endocrinology in […]

Five Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Best Doctors in America 2018

Five Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Best Doctors in America 2018
Congratulations to five of our Bone Health Physicians for being placed on the Best Doctors in America for 2018 list: James Avery, MD, Roberto Civitelli, MD, Laura Colletti, MD, Kathryn Diemer, MD, and Michael P. Whyte, MD. The Best Doctors in America is an online resource developed by Best Doctors, Inc. Best Doctors believes physicians […]

Clarissa Craft, PhD, Awarded a New NIH Grant

Clarissa Craft, PhD, Awarded a New NIH Grant
Although not immediately obvious to many, nerves are present in bone and they do affect the skeleton in its response to systemic and local stimuli. Division faculty, Clarissa Craft, PhD, has been awarded a $272,000 grant by the NIH-NICDR to study key extracellular matrix determinants that modulate nerve growth in the craniofacial skeleton. She will […]

Michael Whyte, MD, Co-Author of a Landmark Study on a New Therapy for X-Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets (XLH)

Michael Whyte, MD, Co-Author of a Landmark Study on a New Therapy for X-Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets (XLH)
XLH is a rare metabolic bone disease, but it is the most frequent cause of hereditary rickets nowadays, leading to permanent skeletal deformities, functional impairment and chronic pain. Conventional therapy for XLH, oral phosphorus and active vitamin D metabolites, can help control the metabolic abnormalities, but is unsatisfactory for preventing or reversing the skeletal deformities. […]

Kathryn M. Diemer, MD, Promoted to Professor of Medicine

Kathryn M. Diemer, MD, Promoted to Professor of Medicine
Kathryn Diemer, MD, has been promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine on the Clinician Track effective July 1st, 2018. Diemer is a nationally recognized expert in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases and has been at the forefront in the application of bone densitometry in clinical practice to assess fracture risk. She is an […]

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Featured in The St. Louis American (Links to an external site)

Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, Featured in The St. Louis American
Gabriel Mbalaviele, PhD, was featured in the November 30, 2017 issue of The St. Louis American weekly newspaper highlighting his research in inflammation to fight disease. The St. Louis American has been a continuously published newspaper since 1928.  It is a voice of the area’s African American community, and has extended its reach to become […]

Deborah Veis Novack, MD, PhD, Participates in Rally for Medical Research

Deborah Veis Novack, MD, PhD, Participates in Rally for Medical Research
On September 13-14, 2017, Deborah Veis Novack, MD, PhD, participated in the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, DC. This annual event brings together 300+ researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates from 300+ organizations to meet in the offices of our Senators and Representatives to demonstrate the value of medical research to all citizens. Through this […]

Roberto Civitelli, MD Receives the ASBMR Shirley Hohl Service Award

Roberto Civitelli, MD Receives the ASBMR Shirley Hohl Service Award
On Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, Roberto Civitelli, MD was presented with the Society’s Shirley Hohl Service Award by ASBMR President Jane Cauley, DrPh. This award is given to an individual whose activities best represent the dedicated and unselfish devotion in […]

N-cadherin involved in the “osteoanabolic” effect of Wnt stimulators

N-cadherin involved in the “osteoanabolic” effect of Wnt stimulators
In an article published in June 2017 issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Francesca Fontana, MD, PhD, and colleagues in the laboratory of Roberto Civitelli, MD, report that mice genetically deficient in N-cadherin – a molecule that allows cells to adhere to each other and modulates Wnt signaling – accrue more bone […]

Steven Mumm, PhD, Received Fifteen-Year Service Recognition from the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program

Steven Mumm, PhD, Received Fifteen-Year Service Recognition from the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program
Steven Mumm, PhD, has recently received his Fifteen-Year Service Recognition from the Student and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program. The STARS Program offers academically-talented students who are entering their senior year of high school a rare opportunity to work within a laboratory research setting with top scientists at Confluence Life Science, Donald Danforth Plant […]

Five Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Best Doctors in America 2017

Five Bone Health Program Physicians Selected as Best Doctors in America 2017
Congratulations to five of our Bone Health Physicians for being placed on the Best Doctors in America for 2017 list: James Avery, MD, Roberto Civitelli, MD, Laura Colletti, MD, Kathryn Diemer, MD, and Michael P. Whyte, MD. The Best Doctors in America is an online resource developed by Best Doctors, Inc. Best Doctors believes physicians […]

Mbalaviele and Colleagues’ Article in PLOS ONE is in the Top 25% Most Cited

Mbalaviele and Colleagues’ Article in PLOS ONE is in the Top 25% Most Cited
The article published by Mbalaviele and colleagues (PLoS One, 2012, 7:e35979) on the development of a mouse model of neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID) is among the top 25% most cited PLOS ONE articles as of July 3, 2017. NOMID, which is caused by NLRP3 activating-mutations, is associated with excessive IL-1β secretion and skeletal deformities, […]