Dr Natalie Sims - ANZBMS Meetings Chair
Dr Sims is President-Elect of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. She directs the Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit and is the Deputy Director of St. Vincent’s Institute and an Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 1995, followed by postdoctoral work at the Garvan Institute and Yale School of Medicine. Her laboratory studies the cellular interactions responsible for development, maintenance and strength of the skeleton, and has defined the roles of a number of key pathways, including the IL-6 family of cytokines and estrogen receptor isoforms in bone through the use of genetically altered mouse models and in vitro systems. Her work has been recognised by awards from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Fuller Albright Award (2010) and the International Bone and Mineral Society Herbert A Fleisch Award (2013). She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, an Associate Editor at Endocrine Reviews, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.