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Professor Mark Forwood


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  • Professor Mark Forwood was appointed by invitation as the Foundation Chair of Anatomy at Griffith University in 2009, and Head, School of Medical Science in 2013. His laboratory studies skeletal adaptation, regulation of bone remodeling and bone quality. In addition his group works with the bone banking industry and the IAEA for optimization of sterilization conditions for bone allografts. These studies are funded by grants from National Health and Medical Research Council, which have supported his laboratory continuously since 1996. Professor Forwood has published over 100 papers and chapters, and contributed significantly to understanding the biology of skeletal adaptation and the role of fatigue microdamage in bone quality and fragility. He was a NHMRC Fellow at Indiana University with Professors David Burr and Charles Turner from 1991-1994, following which, he returned to head his own laboratory at The University of Queensland. In 2007, he was awarded a Christine and TJ Martin Fellowship from the Aus and NZ Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) to undertake 12 months visiting Professorship with Pierre Delmas in Lyon. He has provided excellent service to the Bone and Mineral Profession, being a member of the Council of ANZBMS from 1997 to 2005. During his tenure he served as the Treasurer of the ANZBMS for 3 terms from 1999-2005. He has been a member of the International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS) since 1996, acting on the Scientific Committee and Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee for the IBMS-ANZBMS International Bone and Hormone Meeting, Hamilton Island in 2000; the 3rd International Osteoporosis Federation (IOF)-ANZBMS Asia Pacific Meeting in 2006 and the IOF-ANZBMS 2nd Asia Pacific Meeting held in Australia in September 2011. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the IBMS for a 5-year period. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the JBMR from 2006-2011, and a current member of the editorial board of Bone; the 2 premier journals in bone and mineral research.