Oct. 2, 2017 | Stavros Manolagas, M.D., Ph.D., who holds several roles at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, received the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research’s oldest and most prestigious honor – the William F. Neuman Award – at the ASBMR’s annual meeting, Sept. 8-11 in Denver.
The Neuman Award honors an ASBMR member for outstanding and major scientific contributions in the area of bone and mineral research and for contributions to associates and trainees in training, research and administration.
“Art is I. Science is we,” Manolagas said during his acceptance speech. “The Neuman award is, at least as much, a recognition of a team as it is of the individual awardee. The most important job of the leader is to find and hire people who are smarter than she or he. By that measure, I believe that I succeeded with each one of my current and former UAMS co-workers with whom I had the joy to work with. To all of them, I am indebted for sharing their talents and scientific journeys.”
Manolagas also delivered the Louis V. Avioli Lecture during the meeting, the only invited plenary lecture presented by an ASBMR member at the annual conference, which draws as many as 4,000 physicians, scientists and other participants from around the world. This was the first time since the ASBMR’s founding 40 years ago that the Neuman Award and Avioli Lecture went to the same individual.
Manolagas is a distinguished professor of medicine, professor of orthopaedics and director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. He is director of the UAMS and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases – one of the largest and longest-funded osteoporosis research centers in the world.
In his lecture, Manolagas discussed the dramatic progress that has been made in understanding bone biology and the underlying mechanisms of osteoporosis over the past 40 years. He traced the advancement of pharmaceutical drugs for osteoporosis, as well as the work that remains to be done to develop therapies that continue to be both effective and safe with long-term use.
“The overarching cause of osteoporosis is aging, and bone-intrinsic mechanisms are the primary culprits of the disease in both women and men,” Manolagas said. “Bone-extrinsic mechanisms such as menopause are only contributory. Several new classes of drugs targeting age-related mechanisms have shown the potential to treat more than one age-related disease, including osteoporosis, simultaneously. The future of research and patient care in this area is bright.”
Manolagas also serves as vice chair for research and holds the Thomas E. Andreoli, M.D., M.A.C.P. Clinical Scholar Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine at UAMS. In addition, Manolagas is chief of the Endocrinology Section in the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
His scholarly contributions have been recognized over the years with induction to the Association of American Physicians in 1996; the AlliedSignal award for research on aging in 1999; the inaugural Louis V. Avioli Award of ASBMR, 2000; a Doctor Honoris Causa from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 2007; the International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS) D. Harold Copp award, 2013; and the William S. Middleton Award of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for achieving international acclaim for research accomplishments in areas of prime importance to VA’s research mission, 2016.
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