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  1. Please share a memory of Dr. Baruch Frenkel here. Baruch Frenkel passed away July 18, 2022 in Pasadena, CA. He was born in Jerusalem, Israel in March 1958. He obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine and PhD in biomedical sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After a few years of working as a dentist, he quickly realized that his passion was for research and in 1990, he moved to the USA to start a post-doc under the mentorship of Prof Gary Stein. In 1997, he started his independent career at the University of Southern California, where he obtained his full professorship 10 years ago. In addition to being an accomplished scientist, all will agree that he was an extraordinary mentor, as Baruch was not simply doing research; he was passionate about research. His great thirst for scientific knowledge was palpable every time he talked about it. While, his research interests were mostly focused on steroids and bone biology, he also demonstrated how mechanisms of action in bone cells were also relevant in breast and prostate cancer. Baruch’s contributions to science include the study of mechanisms of action of glucocorticosteroid-induced osteoporosis and Runx2-sex hormone receptors interactions in bone and cancer biology. I fondly remember my time as Baruch’s trainee. During my post-doc, I clearly remember how he came to me to tell me about a paper he was just reading. He talked with shining eyes and said, “look at this beautiful work of molecular biology! Just finger-licking good” (a literal translation from Hebrew). One of his colleagues recently wrote that “his passion for science comes from his love of life, his love of his family.” I and his other former students and post-docs continue to speak of how generous he was with his time and how much he helped us all professionally and personally. In speaking with his colleagues and collaborators, all mentioned how impressed they were with his wisdom in counsel to his students and above all, his selfless devotion to others. Baruch had so many positive attributes: determination, perseverance, wisdom and a positive attitude are among the most commonly mentioned by those that knew him well. His friends and family valued him for being caring and thoughtful and his stepdaughter words resonate well with who knew him. He was, as she describes him, “brave and loving”. Above all, he listened to people: colleagues, students, family and friends. Harold S. Kushner, a prominent American Rabbi and author said: “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” That is Baruch. That who he is and that is who he will always be for us. Baruch will be missed by his mother Hana, his son Eviatar, his spouse Mary and her two children, Philip and Anita, his brother and sister, extended family, many friends, his trainees, his colleagues and his many collaborators. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.
  2. Dear Task Force Members, Please find attached the draft Systematic Review report that was conducted by the University of Minnesota on behalf of the task force. The materials include: Tables (doc) ASBMR race-fx risk report_tables_051622.docx Appendices (doc) ASBMR race-fx risk report_appendices main_051722v2.docx Performance of Fracture Risk Assessment Tools as a Function of Race and/or Ethnicity: A Systematic Review for the ASBMR Task Force on Clinical Algorithms for Fracture Risk (doc) ASBMR race-fx risk report_text_051722.docx Secondary Appendices (excel) ASBMR race-fx risk report_appendices secondary_051022.xlsx All members of the task force are asked to review the materials and prepare questions for our discussion with corresponding author Dr. Howard Fink at the next task force meeting on Monday, May 23 at 2 PM EDT. If you are unable to attend Monday’s meeting, please forward your questions or comments to me or task force co-chairs Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie or Jane Cauley prior to Monday’s meeting. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Sincerely, Hannah
  3. ASBMR just recently learned of the passing last summer of ASBMR member and leader Arnold “Arnie” Kahn, Ph.D. Dr. Kahn was a prominent member of the Society, serving as a Councilor between 1986-1989 and Secretary-Treasurer between 1991-1997. For his significant contributions to the bone and musculoskeletal field, Dr. Kahn received the prestigious ASBMR Shirley Hohl Service Award, in 2000. Prior to his passing, Dr. Kahn served as Professor Emeritus at University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Kahn published more than 200 papers, abstracts, and book chapters on a wide range of topics, and mentored dozens of fellows and students. His most recent research interests were on aging and longevity, serving as a member of the Longevity Consortium at California Pacific Medical Center, Visiting Scientist at the Buck Institute for Age Research and serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Gerontology. Join us in recognizing Dr. Kahn’s contributions to our field by sharing a memory here.
  4. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of ASBMR member and Fellow Elliot Schwartz M.D. on November 25, 2021. Dr. Schwartz was an active member of the Society for many years. He was the Founder and Institute Director of the Northern California Institute for Bone Health, Inc. in Orinda, California, USA, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco and for nearly four decades served as a team physician to the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team. Join us in recognizing Dr. Schwartz’s contributions to our field by sharing a memory here.
  5. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of ASBMR member Jill Lindberg, M.D. on May 27, 2021. Dr. Lindberg was a well- known and highly respected nephrologist for over 30 years. She served as a partner with New Orleans Nephrology Associates, and medical director and head of the medical advisory for Fresenius Kidney Care. In her career, she was distinguished with many awards and accolades. Join us in recognizing Dr. Lindberg’s contributions to our field by sharing a memory here.
  6. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of ASBMR member Harry K. Genant, M.D. on January 14, 2021. Dr. Genant was the founder and Executive Director of the Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group (OARG) in the Department of Radiology at the University of California San Francisco. This group produced field-defining research in imaging for osteoporosis, arthritis, and orthopedics, most notably in non-invasive and quantitative imaging methods. He was a remarkable mentor and trained dozens of fellows worldwide, and today many of his mentees are national and international leaders in bone research in their own right. Dr. Genant was an active member of ASBMR for decades. He served on the seminal ASBMR Atypical Femoral Fracture Task Force and was honored as the ASBMR Louis V. Avioli Lecturer at the Society’s 2012 Annual Meeting.
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