In the United States today, 10 million individuals suffer from osteoporosis (porous bone), and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Anyone over the age of 50 is at risk, making osteoporosis a major public health threat.
Recent advances in treatment regimens for breast and prostate cancer have greatly improved patient survival; however, these therapies can weaken bones. Increasingly, patients who are otherwise cured, or whose cancer is successfully managed for years, are developing osteoporosis at an accelerated rate due to cancer treatment.
Bone metastasis, which occurs most often when breast, prostate, lung, kidney and thyroid cancers spread to bones, is one of the most frequent causes of pain in individuals with cancer. Metastasis to bone is the primary cause of death in prostate cancer.
The Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas, a collaborative research, clinical and education program of Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was established in 2002 to capitalize on the strengths of these two institutions. The Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas seeks to improve basic and translational research of bone diseases and to convert basic science findings to more effective treatment and prevention options.
- Develop bone-forming treatment for all degenerative bone diseases
- Improve prevention and treatment for bone cancer metastasis
- Foster existing collaborations between the two institutions in this area
Upcoming Events and Announcements
2018 Scientific Retreat & The Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Research Award Competition
April 27, 2018, 1:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, D.D.S. University Live Center (Cooley Center)
7440 Cambridge Street
Houston, Texas 77054
To register for the retreat, please complete the registration form.
- March 2th Electronic deadline for the 2018 Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Research Award Application
- April 13th Electronic deadline for Poster Submissions
- April 13th Electronic deadline for registration to the 2018 Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Research Scientific Retreat
For additional information about guidelines and procedures please contact Charlotte Cherry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Richtsmeier, Ph.D., Penn State University, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology
Richtsmeier's research focuses on phenotype-genotype correlations in craniosynostosis and craniofacial dysmorphology in Down syndrome. Her research interests also include craniofacial growth and evolution, quantitative morphology, the relationship between ontogenetic mechanisms and phylogenetic change, and the molecular basis of craniofacial development.
Bone Research Club
The Bone Research Club is an informal group of Bone Disease Program of Texas researchers and clinicians that meets to discuss a variety of topics in skeletal biology.
The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Third Coast, located in the John P. McGovern Commons Building, for a roundtable discussion and a light dinner.
Please call 713-798-2133 if you are interested in joining.