Internationally-recognized musculoskeletal researcher featured at annual Bernier lecture

Dr. Nancy E. Lane, an internationally-recognized musculoskeletal scientist, is the featured speaker for the eighth annual Suzanne Bernier Memorial Lecture in Skeletal Biology, hosted by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr. Lane’s talk is entitled, “Treatment for bone diseases and inflammatory arthritis…with a little help from your own stem cells”.

Dr. Lane is an Endowed Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology and Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Health, Academic Geriatric Resource Program and the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).

She is an internationally recognized scientist in the fields of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Her translational research team has been instrumental in defining the role of glucocorticoids in bone fragility, including their effects on cell stress and vulnerable cell populations including osteocytes. Dr. Lane developed a novel compound to direct stem cells to the bone to grow new bone and treat osteoporosis. In addition, she has uncovered novel genetic variations that predispose individuals to predispose individuals to osteoarthritis and has studied novel treatments for osteoarthritis.

The 2015 Bernier lecture is taking place on Tuesday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the McKellar Room (Rm. 240), University Community Centre. All are welcome to attend and there will be a reception to follow at The Wave.

The lecture honours the late Suzanne Bernier, PhD, a former faculty member with the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and a treasured colleague, collaborator and mentor. Bernier passed away in 2007 at the age of 42, after battling breast cancer for several years. The annual lecture series celebrates her memory, recognizing her passion for arthritis research. Bernier was a founding member of Western's CIHR Group in Skeletal Development and Remodelling and dedicated her research career to understanding the pathways that regulate cartilage destruction in inflammatory arthritis. Through her research program and involvement with the Arthritis Society, Bernier was a wonderful role model who encouraged both her colleagues and students to give back to the community that supports them.