The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) has named Nancy E. Lane, endowed professor of internal medicine and rheumatology, as this year’s recipient of its Paula Stern Achievement Award. The prestigious honor recognizes a woman in the field of bone and mineral metabolism who has made significant scientific achievements and has promoted the professional development and advancement of women in the field.
Lane, who also serves as director of the UC Davis Center for Musculoskeletal Health and directs the university’s Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health, is an accomplished clinical care specialist and research scientist. Her research has focuses on both osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, and she leads a translational research team that has been instrumental in defining the role of glucocorticoids in bone fragility.
In 2012, Lane received a $20 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to develop a study that will use a patient’s own stem cells for the treatment of osteoporosis, the most common type of bone disease. Her novel approach would require only an occasional infusion of a small-molecule drug that will direct bone-forming stem cells to the patient’s bone to promote new bone growth. This therapy could be a major advance over the existing and currently approved bone-growth treatment, which requires costly and inconvenient daily injections. Lane plans to launch human clinical trials next year as part of her stem cell research efforts.
Lane was president of the Board of the United States Bone and Joint Decade, co-led the International Bone and Joint Decade Conference in Washington, D.C., and was elected and serves on the councils of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research and the Orthopedic Research Society. She also serves on the editorial boards of Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Rheumatology, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, and co-edited research publications such as Arthritis and Rheumatism and the Journal of Rheumatology. Elected to the Association of American Physicians in 2006, Lane has been named to the annual Best Doctors in America list. She also continues to have an active rheumatology practice.
Lane’s award will be presented during the annual ASBMR meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, in October. The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research is a professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism.