AIMM / ASBMR John Haddad Young 
Investigator Awards

AIMM and ASBMR are proud to continue their joint sponsorship of the John Haddad, Jr., Young Investigator Awards. The awards provide financial support to attend the Advances in Mineral Metabolism (AIMM) Meeting in Snowmass, Colorado, USA, April 4-8, 2011.


It is important to acknowledge the importance and successes of the awardees named here, yet some historical perspective to explain the title of these awards is required.

Advances in Mineral Metabolism (AIMM) was conceived by Drs. Hunter Heath and Steve Hodgson in 1985 and established as a meeting to combine basic and clinical bone biology with outstanding spring skiing at Snowmass, CO in the Spring of 1986. Under their direction the meeting was embraced by a broad spectrum of bone biologists and clinicians who gathered religiously to participate in relaxed but high quality discussions of bone biology and medicine. 

Dr. John G. Haddad, a charter member of AIMM, was an internationally renowned endocrinologist, Professor of Medicine and Associate chair for Research at the University of Pennsylvania when he died in May 1997, at the age of 59. These are the formalities that identify Dr. Haddad professionally, but they do not highlight the personality and vitality of John that we at AIMM and ASBMR honor with these prestigious awards.

John was a funny man with serious gifts. He was a past-president of ASBMR, board member of the Paget's Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation, as well as a past-board member and a constant attendee of the annual Snowmass meeting. His influence on the evolution of both AIMM and ASBMR was to support and continually strive to develop the young investigators in our field.

To honor John, then-presidents of AIMM (Bob Gagel followed by Harald Juppner) and ASBMR (Michael Rosenblatt) joined in an effort to continue John's legacy. Together they chose to support AIMM's tradition of investment in the development of young investigators, by providing additional incentives for success. The awards were established and presented for the first time at the AIMM meeting in 1999. Since then they have become the major Young Investigator awards of the ASBMR. AIMM is the perfect venue for the presentation of these prestigious awards, as AIMM continues to offer the intimate, interactive venue for creative scientific exchange that was envisioned by Hunter and Steve and that John enjoyed so much.

AIMM is honored to share these awards with ASBMR and to be able to highlight the abilities and future of our brightest young investigators. We are sure John would be proud!

Congratulations to all the award winners!!


Amel Dudakovic, PhD                    Mayo Clinic, USA

Anyonya Guntur, PhD                    Maine Medical Center Research Institute, USA

Amira Hussein, PhD                       Boston University, School of Medicine, USA

Zixue Jin, PhD                                 Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Courtney Karner, PhD                    Duke University, School of Medicine, USA

Chad Novince, DDS, PhD               Medical University of South Carolina, USA

Kelly Roszko, MD, PhD                  Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

David Scott, PhD                             Monash University, Australia 

William Thompson, PhD                Indiana University, USA

Mona Wu, MD, PhD                       Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA


Alessandra Carriero, Ph.D.           Florida Institute of Technology, USA

Yi Fan, D.D.S.                                  Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA

Kyu Sang Joeng, Ph.D.                   Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Lamya Karim, Ph.D.                      Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA

Allison Kuipers, Ph.D.                    University of Pittsburgh, USA

Jonathan Mitchell                           Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA

Michaela Reagan, Ph.D.                 Maine Medical Center Research Institute, USA

Katherine Staines, Ph.D.                University of Edinburgh, The United Kingdom

Joy Tsai, M.D.                                 Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA

Laura Wright, Ph.D.                      Indiana University, USA


Beth Bragdon, PhD                           Boston University

Patrik Christen, PhD                         ETH Zurich

Erica Clinkenbeard, PhD                  Indiana University

Jesus Delgado-Calle, PhD                Indiana University School of Medicine

Ingo Grafe, MD                                Baylor College of Medicine

Matthew Greenblatt, MD, PhD        Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital,

Rachelle Johnson, PhD                     Stanford University

Kyle Nishiyama, PhD                       Columbia University Medical Center

Ryan Ross, PhD                               Rush University

David Weber MD, MSCE                University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Yangjin Bae, Ph.D.                           Baylor College of Medicine                                

Yohann Bala, Ph.D.                          University of Melbourne

Bjorn Busse, Ph.D.                           University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Brian Foster, Ph.D.                           National Institutes of Health

Neil Mackenzie, Ph.D.                      University of British Columbia Vancouver

Brya Matthews, Ph.D.                       University of Connecticut Health Center

Songlin Peng, M.D., Ph.D.                Shenzhen People's Hospital

Erica Scheller, Ph.D., D.D.S.            University of Michigan

Jae-Hyuck Shim, Ph.D.                     Weill Cornell Medical College

Marc Wein, M.D., Ph.D.                   Harvard Medical School / MGH



David Waning Ph.D.                   Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

Jianwen Wei Ph.D.                      Columbia University, USA

Denis Evseenko M.D., Ph.D.      University of California Los Angeles, USA

Keertik Fulzele Ph.D.                  Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Martina Rauner Ph.D.                 University of Dresden, Germany

Andrei Chagin Ph.D.                   Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Gregory Chang M.D.                  NYULMC, USA

Jianning Tao Ph.D.                     Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Nicola Napoli, M.D., Ph.D.        University Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy

Carmen Huesa Ph.D.                   University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom



Xiowei Sherry Liu Ph.D.             Columbia University, New York, NY (USA)

Russell Main Ph.D.                      Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (USA)

Krista Casazza Ph.D., R.D.          University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL (USA)

Simon Tang Ph.D.                        University of California, San Francisco, CA (USA)

Yukio Nakamura M.D., Ph.D.     Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Nagano (Japan)

Amber Stern Ph.D.                      University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO (USA)

Elizabeth Bradley Ph.D.              Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (USA)

Eve Donnelly Ph.D.                     Cornell University, New York, NY (USA)

Stefano Zanotti Ph.D.                  Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT (USA)

Andrea Alford Ph.D.                   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)


Patricia Juarez Camacho, PhD
Marta Christov, MD, PhD
Mathieu Ferron, PhD
Yongbo (Bob) Lu, MD, PhD
Meghan McGee-Lawrence, PhD
Anne Porzig, MD
Jean Regard, PhD
Matthew Stern, PhD
Tao Yang, PhD
Lijie Grace Zhang, PhD


Jackie Fretz, PhD
Mohammad  Hassan, PhD
Nan Hatch, PhD, DMD|
Eric Hesse, MD, PhD
Dobrawa Napierala, PhD
Matthew Steensma, MD
Baohong Zhao, PhD
Wei Zou, MD, PhD



Laura Armas, MD
James Edwards, PhD
Susan Krum, PhD
Ulrike Moedder, PhD
Pierre Moffatt, PhD
Hiroko Segawa, PhD
Yihong Wan, PhD
Vijay Yadav, PhD
Haibo Zhao, MD, PhD

Pierrick Fournier Ph.D.
Shoji Ichikawa M.D. Ph.D.
Yi-Hsiang Hsu Ph.D.
Christian Dombrowski Ph.D.
Tania Crotti Ph.D.
Leopold Frohlich Ph.D.
Joy Wu M.D., Ph.D.
Marco Eijken Ph.D.

Tamara Alliston, PhD
Eric Darling, PhD
Francesca Gori, PhD
Ed Hsiao, PhD
Yan Liu, PhD
Mattias Lorentzon, MD., PhD
Madhusmita Misra, MD
Roy Morello, PhD
Shuying Yang MD., PhD

Robert Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.
Takuya Notomi
Jean Pierre Vilardaga, Ph.D.
Despina Sitara, Ph.D.
Jiliang Li, Ph.D.
Melita Dvorak, Ph.D.
Majd Zayzafoon, M.D., Ph.D.
Shuanhu Zhou, Ph.D.

Paul Baldock, Ph.D.
Gregory Clines, M.D.,Ph.D.
Roberta Faccio, Ph.D.
Mary Beth Humphrey, M.D., Ph.D.
Matthew Mahon, Ph.D.
Neil McGowan, Ph.D.
Shunichi Murakami, M.D., Ph.D.
Stuart Warden, Ph.D.

Florent Elefteriou, Ph.D.
Lorena Havill, Ph.D.
Sophie Jamal, M.D., Ph.D.
Yibin Kang, Ph.D.
David Karasik, Ph.D.
Ben Leder, M.D.
Alexander Robling, Ph.D.
M. Neale Weitzmann, Ph.D.

Heike Bischoff, M.D., M.PH.
Kurt Hankenson, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Amad Javed, Ph.D.
Melissa Kacena, Ph.D.
Richard Lund, M.D.
Lynn Marshall, M.D.
Takeshi Sakata, M.D., Ph.D.
Laura Zanello, Ph.D.

Laura Calvi, M.D.
Mark Cooper, M.D.
Judy Crabtree, Ph.D.
Beverley Fermor, Ph.D.
Robert Gensure, M.D., Ph.D.
Ivo Kalajzic, M.D.
Gary Leong, FRACP
Nalini Rajamannan, M.D.

Wenhan Chang, Ph.D.
Sarah Dallas, Ph.D.
John Emery, Ph.D.
Stewart Freeman, Ph.D.
Stefan Judex, Ph.D.
Fernando Lecanda, Ph.D.
Babatunde Oyajobi, M.D., Ph.D.
Henning W. Woitge, M.D.

Murat Bastepe, M.D., Ph.D.
Paola Divieti Pajevic, M.D., Ph.D.
Xu Feng, Ph.D.
Serge Ferrari, M.D.
Beatriz Kuizon, M.D.
Daniela Riccardi, Ph.D.
Fayez Safadi, Ph.D.
Sotirios Tetradis, Ph.D., DDS

Yousef Abu-Amer, Ph.D.
Sunita Agarwal, Ph.D. 
Alessandro Bisello, Ph.D.
Robert Blank, M.D., Ph.D.
Xu Cao, Ph.D.
Ung-il Chung, M.D., Ph.D.
Hong-wen Deng, Ph.D.
Lorenz Hofbauer, M.D.
Ana Hoff, M.D.
Peter Jurutka, Ph.D.
Christopher Kovacs, M.D.
Gabriel Mbalaviele, Ph.D.
Ralph Mueller, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Newberry, Ph.D.
Nagarajan Selvamurugan, Ph.D.
Kenneth White, Ph.D.

L to R top:
Bev Fermor, Gary Leong, Judy Crabtree, Mark Cooper, Julie Haddad
L to R bottom:
Nalini Rajamannan, Larry Suva, Ivo Kalajzic

L to R: Doug Fesler, Dr. Jane Aubin, Dr. Serge Ferrari