Nancy E. Lane, an endowed professor of medicine and rheumatology and director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at UC Davis Health System, has been elected as a new member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).
Election to the committee is based on scientific contributions to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
The committee members are global experts in bone, muscle and joint health who serve as key advisors to the board of the IOF. They also further the clinical and research objectives of IOF; support national policy changes relating to bone, muscle and joint health; and provide recommendations for practice in the care of osteoporosis. Lane's participation on the committee also provides her with opportunities to participate in IOF working groups and research projects.
Lane is an internationally recognized scientist in the fields of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Her translational research team has been instrumental in defining the role of hormones known as glucocorticoids in bone fragility, including their effects on cell stress and vulnerable cell populations such as osteocytes, and she is a pioneer in the genetics of and novel treatments for osteoarthritis. She and her research team have developed a compound that directs stem cells to grow new bone and that could potentially revolutionize osteoporosis treatments.