Posted: 20th July 2020
We are proud to announce that SVI Deputy Director Professor Natalie Sims has been awarded the prestigious Paula Stern Award by The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).
The ASBMR Paula Stern Achievement Award annually recognizes a woman in the bone field who has made significant scientific achievements and who has promoted the professional development/advancement of women in the field.
"This Award recognises the significance and scientific impact of Natalie's body of research and her commitment to assist in forging career paths for female scientists," said SVI Director Tom Kay. "Her ability to engage with people of all backgrounds and expertise has proven to be a great asset for not only SVI, but the scientific community as a whole. This Award is a wonderful acknowledgement of Natalie's 30-year career as both a researcher, and a mentor, and is well-deserved."
Natalie is internationally recognised as a leader of bone research; she is Head of the Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit at SVI, and a Professor at the University of Melbourne's Department of Medicine at St Vincent's Hospital. Since starting her PhD at the University of Adelaide in 1990 Natalie has worked to discover new treatments for common skeletal conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis, as well as rarer disorders, like osteogenesis imperfecta, that affect the way the skeleton is formed.
After her PhD, Natalie worked at the Garvan Institute, and then trained at Yale University's School of Medicine, USA before returning to Australia in 2001. She is President of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society and currently holds senior editorial positions for a number of scientific journals. Her team currently investigates the way that cells within the skeleton communicate with each other to produce bone of optimal shape and strength.
Natalie has helped many young and emerging scientists establish strong careers in the field of bone research. You can read about the work of of one of her current PhD student's research here.
About Paula Stern
Dr. Stern is a leader in the field of bone and mineral research. Her contributions include the first bioassay for 1,25 dihydroxy vitamin D, studies on the effects of thyroid hormone on bone metabolism, and most recently studies on alternative signal transduction pathways for parathyroid hormone. Paula Stern was the first female President of ASBMR, a founding member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and has served ASBMR as a volunteer leader in numerous capacities, including most recently as the chair of the Science Policy Committee and ASBMR representative to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Board.