AIMM Founders

The beginning...

Advances in Mineral Metabolism (AIMM) was the result of an idea conceived by Drs. Hunter Heath and Steve Hodgson in 1985. Their efforts, combined with the tireless and energetic Lori Ballou established AIMM as a meeting which combined basic and clinical bone biology with the joys of outstanding spring skiing at Snowmass, CO in the Spring of 1986. The founding trio, Drs. Steve Hodgson and Hunter Heath, and long-time AIMM secretary Lori Ballou, are all retired but retain an active interest in the present and future directions of the meeting. The meeting continues its heritage of being a launching pad for Young Investigators that has been embraced by a broad spectrum of bone biologists and clinicians who gather to participate in the informal high quality discussions of bone and mineral metabolism which embody the spirit of AIMM.


L to R : Dr. Hunter Heath, Lori Ballou, and Dr. Steve Hodgson (circa 2001)

Members of the AIMM faculty comprise a list of the major figures in the bone biology community, many of which are represented pictorially on this website.  The interactions, collaborations and discussions that were the initial impetus for AIMM, continue to be the driving force of its growth and evolution. Many important advances in our field, such as the cloning of PTHrP; the phenotype of osteocalcin -/- mice; the cbfa-1 story; the cloning of the PTH1 receptor were first discussed in Snowmass.

The future...

Still an active component of our success, Hunter, Steve and Lori continue to parent their evolving idea. AIMM, in partnership with ASBMR now constitutes the major vehicle for the recognition of the best and brightest young investigators in our field. We strive to continue the efforts of the original Snowmass meeting, and provide excellent cutting edge science, stimulating discussions and spectacular skiing.