News and media
July 2017 – ANZBMS conference prizes
The OBCD team had a very successful outing at the Joint ANZBMS-IFMRS meeting held in Brisbane, Australia. PhD candidate Scott Youlten, based at the Garvan Institute in Sydney, was awarded the Christopher and Margie Nordin Young Investigator Poster award for his poster titled The osteocyte transcriptome shows major temporal changes during maturation and sexual dimorphism in adulthood. Additionally, post-doc Dr. Vicoria Leitch, based at Imperial College in London, was awarded an Amgen-ANZBMS Outstanding Abstract Award for her oral presentation titled Tram2 is a novel genetic determinant of bone mass and strength.
May 2017 – OBCD team join Imperial Festival
The OBCD team spent a wonderful weekend at the South Kensington Campus for the annual Imperial Festival. As well as speaking to thousands of people about our research, we played a number of bone-related games, including cardboard-tube trabeculae and bendy bones. Read more about the Imperial Fesitval here.
December 2016 – An interview with Prof. Graham Williams
The Society for Endocrinology interview OBCD Principal Invistigator and SfE President Prof. Graham Williams about his career and interests. Find out more about Graham in the society's winter newsletter.
November 2016 – OBCD Principal Investigators at the Society for Endocrinology conference
OBCD Principal Investigators Prof. Graham Williams and Prof. Duncan Bassett spoke about aspects of thyroid hormone physiology in health and aging at the 20th Annual Symposium of the Dutch Thyroid Research Foundation. Read more about the event at the Thyrage project website.
October 2016 – Australian Osteoporosis national action plan launched
OBCD Principal Invistigator Prof. Peter Croucher is a member of the working group who have launched a new action plan, on World Osteoporosis Day. Read more about the plan on the Garvan Institute website.
September 2016 – Prof. Graham Williams elected President of the Society for Endocrinology
OBCD Principal Invistigator Prof. Graham Williams has been elected the new President of the Society for Endocrinology. See the announcement in the society's autumn newsletter.
June 2016 – OBCD Principal Investigators at the Annual Symposium of the Dutch Thyroid Research Foundation
OBCD Principal Investigator Prof. Duncan Bassett spoke about osteoporosis, while Prof. Graham Williams delivered the British Thyroid Association Pitt-Rivers Medal Lecture at the 2016 Sfe BES conference. Read more about the event at the Thyrage project website.
December 2015 – EMBL Australia Symposium prize
OBCD PhD candidate Scott Youlten, based at the Garvan Institute in Sydney, was awarded a prize for the best presentation at the recent EMBL Australia PhD Symposium. His presentation was titled Exploring the osteocyte transcriptome and you can find out more about the prize on the Garvan website.
November 2015 – ANZBMS conference prize
OBCD PhD candidate Scott Youlten, based at the Garvan Institute in Sydney, was awarded the Christopher and Margie Nordin Young Investigator Poster award for his poster titled Exploring the Osteocyte Transcriptome which he presented at the ANZBMS meeting in Hobart, Tasmania.
October 2015 – OBCD images added to Wellcome Images collection
A number of images showing 3D reconstrustions of microCT images of quail bones were recently accepted into the Wellcome Images collection. The images, captured by members of the OBCD team at Imperial College, highlight the presence of medullary bone – a trait unique to egg laying birds. Have a look at the images here, here, here, here and here.
October 2015 – BRS conference prize
OBCD member Dr John Logan, based at Imperial College London, was awarded a prize for 'Best Oral Communication' for his talk titled The origins of bone and cartilage disease: high throughput bone phenotype screen to identify new genes that determine bone structure and strength which he presented at the BRS meeting in Ediburgh. See the full list of award winners here.
July 2015 – Three minute thesis competition
Garvan Institute PhD student Scott Youlten, who is working with samples from the OBCD mouse pipeline, delivered a great entry for the 'Three minute thesis' competition. Watch the video of his presentation here.
March 2015 – Cover image of Thryoid journal
A figure of articular cartilage and subchondral bone analysis in wildtype C57BL/6 mice has been selected as the cover image of the March issue of Thyroid. See the image in our gallery and download the paper the figure is from here.
March 2015 – Winners of the 2015 Visions of Endocrinology image competition
A BSE-SEM image from Duncan Bassett, Alan Boyde and Graham Williams has been selected as one of the five winners of the 2015 Visions of Endocrinology image competition. Read more about the competition and its winners here.
April 2014 – Society for Endocrinology Summer Studentship 2014
Medical student Sam O'Boy was awarded a scholarship to spend the Summer in the laboratory of Profs. Bassett and Williams. Sam's time was spent using RT-qPCR to assess whether thyroid hormone membrane transporter MCT8 is essential for normal skeletal develop-ment and maintenance of adult bone mass. The Society for Endocrinology is again offering Summer Studentships in 2015, more information can be found on the society's website.
9 October 2017 – President's Autumn letter 2017: Universities for the benefit of society
Reported by Imperial College: read the letter here.
8 September 2017 – Osteoporosis cure on the horizon: Discovery could lead to NEW treatment for symptoms
Reported by Express UK: read the story here.
6 September 2017 – Scientists link 153 new genetic variants to osteoporosis in largest ever study
Reported by Imperial College London: read the story here.
6 September 2017 – Osteoporosis: major study identifies 150 new genetic sites that affect risk
Reported by The Garvan Institute of Medical Research: read the story here.
5 September 2017 – Osteoporosis study identifies genetic link
Reported by ABC Radio Australia: listen to the story here.
5 September 2017 – Genetic research ushers drugs, screening for osteoporosis
Reported by The Australian: read the story here.
5 September 2017 – New genetic clue in osteoporosis found
Reported by SBS Australia: read the story here.
4 September 2017 – Genes link to thinning bones
Reported by The West Australian: read the story here.
30 March 2016 – Molecular Endocrinology laboratory, home of the OBCD pipeline
Reported by WebsEdge Health for EndoTV: watch the video here.
17 May 2015 – Deben reports on the research of the OBCD
Reported by The Journal of Industry and Technology: read the story here.
24 March 2015 – Origins of Bone and Cartilage Disease Initiative
Reported by The Bone Research Society: read the story here.
18 March 2015 – Deben reports on the research of the OBCD
Reported by LabBulletin: read the story here.
5 January 2015 – Researcher spotlight: Professor Graham Williams
Reported by Wellcome Trust Blog: read the story here.
2 August 2012 – Close to the bone
Reported by ScienceDaily: read the story here.
30 August 2012 – New genes implicated in bone strength
Reported by Laboratory News: read the story here.
29 September 2011 – Genetic library will speed up disease research international consortium will reveal gene function from mouse genetics
Reported by Highbeam Research: read the story here.
5 September 2017 – Largest ever genetic study marks likely osteoporosis treatment target
Scientists are homing in on a potential treatment for osteoporosis, after performing the largest ever genetic study of the common age-related bone-thinning disease.
Researchers from The University of Queensland and McGill University in Canada led the study, identifying 153 new gene variants associated with the loss of bone mineral density, which often result in fractures. Read the full press release here.
3 August 2012 – Knockout finding reveals large number of genes that affect our bones
A large percentage of genes are likely to affect bone strength, potentially around 2,000 of the 21,000 genes in our bodies.
Australian and UK scientists have shown that a large percentage of genes are likely to affect bone strength, potentially around 2,000 of the 21,000 genes in our bodies. Identifying genes that lead to osteoporosis is an important first step in helping to treat this serious condition, which affects over 2 million Australians. Read the full press release here.
2 August 2012 – Close to the bone
100 gene deletions in mice identifies 9 genes associated with bone strength
A genetic screening approach to studying bone disease has found nine genes associated with bone health and suggests a new way to discover genes that may be implicated in human skeletal diseases. A collaborative study of the mineral content, strength and flexibility of bones has found clues to the cause of bone disorders such as osteoporosis, osteogenesis imperfecta, and high bone density syndromes. The study, which brings together specialist skills in mouse gene deletion and bone measurement to assess the strength of bones in 100 mutant mouse lines, is the largest reported screen of its type for genes that regulate bone health. Read the full press release here.
2 Septmeber 2011 – Genetic library will speed up disease research
International consortium will reveal gene function from mouse genetics
An international project to create one of the largest libraries of mammalian genetic function data is launched on 29 September 2011. The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) is building a library of mammalian gene function that will describe the function of every gene in the mouse genome. Read the full press release here.