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Two professors at IUPUI to receive two top "esteemed awards" from American Society of Bone and Mineral Research

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September 6, 2011

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The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) has awarded two top “esteemed awards” for young faculty/investigators to two professors at IUPUI, underscoring the position of the campus as one of the leading sites for advancing knowledge and training regarding bone and bone health.

Dr. Alex Robling, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the IU School of Medicine, will receive the society’s Fuller Albright Award, which is given in recognition of meritorious scientific accomplishment in the bone and mineral field to an ASBMR member who has not reached his or her 41st birthday.

Dr. Stuart Warden, Associate Professor within the Department of Physical Therapy in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, will receive the Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given to an individual in the early stage of his or her career who displays a strong commitment to teaching and learning in the classroom, the clinic and/or research laboratory setting.

The awards will be presented at the ASBMR 2011 Annual Meeting in San Diego, September 16-20.

The (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.
Robling is the third professor at IUPUI to receive the Fuller Albright award, the most prestigious young investigator award in bone research. A fourth professor at IUPUI received the award at another university, before moving to IUPUI.

“Our campus is known internationally for bone research,” Warden said. The awards reflect the quality of bone research done here, he added.

A letter nominating Robling for his award noted “he is a young investigator who, even this early in his career, has had a profound impact on skeletal biology in areas related to mechanobiology, Wnt signaling in bone, and the interaction of the mechanical and biological environments in skeletal adaptation.”

Another person wrote in support of Robling’s nomination: “Alex has been a major contributor to our understanding the molecular and genetic regulation of bone formation and bone mass. His publication list demonstrates a commitment to scientific excellence that is decorated with awards and excellent publications in fields other than biomechanics and where he has bridged the gap from the mechanical to the physiological and genetic. In my opinion, the ASBMR must see fit to recognize such excellence with the Fuller Albright award to this outstanding young investigator!”

Warden successfully combines research activities in bone and mineral metabolism with teaching and mentoring activities, a letter supporting his nomination for the Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award states. “In doing so, he provides students not traditionally exposed to skeletal research with unique learning opportunities.”

Feedback from students in Stuart’s classes have a “common theme of excellence,” including such examples as “,,,great professor…explains things thoroughly and describes how to apply them to clinical situations.”

The letter supporting Warden’s nomination noted, “Most significant has been his mission to expose professional graduate and other students to research activities in bone and mineral metabolism. Our professional graduate students are not required to perform formal research training in their degree programs; however, Stuart has exposed over 20 DPT and MD students to hands-on research endeavors. The results of this program speak for themselves.”