11 Oct 2009
American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Louis V. Avioli Founder's Award (2009) for fundamental contributions to bone and mineral basic research given to Professor Rajesh V. Thakker, May Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford
Professor Rajesh V Thakker, has been awarded the Louis V. Avioli Founder's Award. given by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research "in recognition of fundamental contributions to bone and mineral basic research". Professor Thakker is the first non-American to receive this award from the ASBMR, which held its 31st Annual Meeting on 11-15 September 2009, in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Professor Thakker has made seminal contributions that have resulted in paradigm shifts in our understanding of disorders of bone and mineral metabolism, with highly acclaimed publications in the leading journals such as: Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Lancet, Nature Genetics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA , and Human Molecular Genetics .
Professor Thakker, who is the May Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, and Professorial Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford, pursues a research programme that investigates heritable disorders of endocrine cancers, parathyroid development and mineral metabolism in children and adults, and is aimed at determining the clinical features, causes, and treatments of these diseases. Included in these disorders are genetic forms of multiple endocrine cancers, hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, hypercalciuria, kidney stones and rickets. He has authored or coauthored more than 270 scientific articles, reviews, or book chapters concerning pediatric and adult metabolic bone and mineral diseases.
His accomplishments include the detailed clinical, molecular, genetic and physiological characterization of over 12 disorders of bone and mineral metabolism. In addition, work from his research group has demonstrated that genetic abnormalities in non-coding regions can cause disease, a feature that is likely to be of significance in the search for the molecular basis of other inherited diseases for which coding region abnormalities have not been identified. These findings were highlighted in The New York Times (‘Scientists sort through "junk" to unravel a genetic mystery' - 7 February 2006).
American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
At its Annual meeting on 15 September 2009, Professor Thakker was awarded the Founder's Award (Louis V Avioli) from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). The ASBMR is the foremost American / international society looking into aspects of bone and mineral research. The Louis V Avioli Founder's Award is given for fundamental contributions to bone and mineral basic research.
The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is a professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism.
The ASBMR membership comprises basic research scientists, and clinical investigators in bone and mineral metabolism and related fields along with physicians and other healthcare practitioners. Current worldwide membership numbers approximately 4,000 with interests in biomechanics, cell biology, molecular biology, dentistry, developmental biology, endocrinology, epidemiology, internal medicine, metabolism, molecular genetics, nephrology, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopaedics, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, rheumatology and other research/clinical areas.
ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, an official journal (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research), the Primer on the Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, advocacy and interaction with government agencies and related societies.
Professor Rajesh V. Thakker
Rajesh Thakker (MA, MD, FRCP, FRCP(Ed), FRCPath, FMedSci) is currently the May Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, UK. He commenced his pre-clinical medical training at Cambridge University with a BA in the Natural Sciences Tripos, and continued his clinical training at The Middlesex Hospital, London, UK. After qualifying, in 1980, he worked as a junior doctor at Northwick Park Hospital and The Hammersmith Hospital, and was medical registrar and an MRC Training Fellow at The Middlesex Hospital. He was appointed Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at Northwick Park Hospital (MRC Clinical Research Centre), and as a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS) - The Hammersmith Hospital, in 1988. He remained at RPMS, where he became Professor of Medicine (1995), until 1999, when he took up his present position in Oxford. He has pursued a research programme, funded by the MRC (UK), that investigates the molecular basis of calcium disorders. He has been the recipient of many prizes which include Young Investigator Award from the ASBMR (USA) (1988), the Raymond-Horton Smith Prize (Cambridge University, UK) (1994), the Society for Endocrinology (UK) medal (1995), the European Journal of Endocrinology Prize (EFES) (1998), and the Graham Bull Prize from the Royal College of Physicians (UK) (1999).
Professor Thakker has served on the committees of the Medical Research Council (UK), UK Higher Education Funding Council's Research Assessment Exercise, Forum on Academic Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and council member for the Society of Endocrinology (UK). He is also currently the Chairman of the Efficacy and Mechanisms Evaluations (EME) Board for the MRC and Department of Health (UK). In addition, he has served as an associate editor to The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, and is currently as associate editor for Endocrinology and the ASBMR Primer on Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders. He was co-chair for organising the 30th ASBMR annual meeting (2008, Montreal), and has served on the programme organising committees for the International Congress of Endocrinology (2000), International Society for Nephrology - NEXUS Symposium (2006), a symposium to celebrate A Centenary of Advances in Neuroendocrine Tumours - a tribute to Siegfried Oberndorfer (2007), and the International Workshops on Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (1999-present). He has also served on the Editorial Boards of Endocrine Related Cancer, Journal of Endocrinology, Bone-Key, Genomic Medicine and Clinical Cases in Bone and Mineral Metabolism.