Nancy Lane honored by national organization

September 30, 2016

Nancy Lane, endowed professor of medicine, rheumatology and aging, and director of the UC Davis Center for Musculoskeletal Health, has been honored by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) with its 2016 inaugural Steven M. Krane Award for her clinical research focused on osteoporosis and bone biology in patients with rheumatic diseases.

Nancy Lane receiving her award from ASBMR President Douglas P. Kiel.
Nancy Lane receiving her award from ASBMR President Douglas P. Kiel.

Lane is an internationally known rheumatologist and an expert on the epidemiology and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, including osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

The ASBMR’s Krane Award is given in recognition of “outstanding achievements in basic, translational or clinical research in inflammation and/or skeletal matrix biology.”  Krane was the chief of rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School, where he trained dozens of students and physicians about rheumatology and the interaction of the immune system with the skeleton.

Lane and her UC Davis research team have performed seminal translational studies on novel agents to restore bone tissue in patients with severe glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, which was of keen interest to Krane.  Lane also is leading an investigation supported by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine that is exploring a novel treatment for directing mesenchymal stem cells to the bone surface to stimulate new bone formation in patients with osteonecrosis.

The ASBMR is a professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists who are involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism.

In its awards program, the group noted that Lane has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been a tireless mentor for up-and-coming researchers and clinicians. She initiated the Young Investigators Workshop of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative, which has helped to guide more than 300 junior faculty in grant writing and career development.  Lane has also mentored a number of rheumatology subspecialty fellows and junior faculty in osteoporosis and inflammatory diseases.

The award was presented to Lane at the society’s annual meeting in Atlanta earlier this month.

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