Office Bearers and Council


Professor Emma L Duncan

MBBS(Hons Class 1) FRCP FRACP PhD LMusA Eminent Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.Professor of Medicine, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, School of Medicine and University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland.President, Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society

Mailing Address
Department of Endocrinology
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Butterfield St Herston QLD 4029

RBWH Switch board: +61 7 3646 8111

RBWH Fax number: +61 7 36467809

Present Appointments
·         Consultant Endocrinologist and Senior Staff Specialist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
·         Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
·         Honorary Associate Professor, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

Clinical practice:
·         Endocrinology, with particular clinical interest in bone (including osteoporosis, other metabolic bone diseases and skeletal dysplasias) and pituitary diseases. 

 Research interests:
·         Basic research: genetics of endocrine disorders, particularly bone disorders such as osteoporosis and skeletal dysplasias, with broad experience in gene mapping in both  population and Mendelian disorders including linkage, association, conventional and next generation sequencing, GWAS, and genetic epidemiology.
·         Clinical research: a broad experience in clinical studies of bone diseases, including osteoporosis, avascular necrosis, transplantation osteoporosis, novel therapeutics and osteogenesis imperfecta.  

ANZBMS involvement
·         Conference organisation
-   Lead Chair, Programme Organising Committee for  the International Osteoporosis Federation Regionals - 2nd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis and Bone Meeting, in conjunction with the ANZBMS annual scientific meeting and the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research (2011).
o     Chair, Programme Organising Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2010
o    Immediate past Chair, Programme Organising Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society Annual Scientific Meeting, 2012. 
·         Therapeutics Sub-committee, 2011-

Wider clinical and scientific involvement, governance and review
·         Medical Affairs Committee, Osteoporosis Australia, 2012-
·         Royal Australasian College of Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee for Endocrinology and Curriculum Sub-committee, 2010-12
·         Australasian Delegate to the Women in Endocrinology Committee, The Endocrine Society, 2011-
·         Scientific advisor to the Programme Organising Committee for European Calcified Tissues Society, 2013
·         Programme Organising Committee, Endocrine Society of Australia Clinical Weekend, 2012
·         Programme Organising Committee, Endocrine Society of Australia Clinical Weekend, 2008
·         Convener, Brisbane Bone Group, 2006 - 
·         Editorial Board Membership
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
o    BoneKEy
·         Publication reviewing
o     Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Osteoporosis International, Bone, Calcified Tissues International, Disease Markers, Clinical Genetics, Annals of Human Genetics, Nephrology, the Internal Medical Journal, Australian Prescriber and Medical Journal of Australia.
·         Conference abstracts
o    The International Society for Endocrinology, European Calcified Tissues Society, the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, and the Endocrine Society of Australia. 
·         Grant reviewing,  NHMRC  Committee member, 2009 - 10, External reviewer, 2009 -13, Medical Research Council (UK), Arthritis Research Campaign (UK), Diabetes Australia Research Trust, Princess Alexandra Hospital Research Trust, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Low-risk Ethics Applications, Prince Charles Hospital Foundation,  Other Professional Public Service, Osteoporosis Australia and Arthritis Queensland, Australian Pituitary Foundation
Professional Membership
Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society
Diabetes Australia
Endocrine Society of Australia
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians (UK)

Peter CroucherPresident-elect

Professor Peter Croucher
Head of Division
Bone Biology Laboratory
Bone Biology Division
Garvan Institute of MedicalResearch
384 Victoria Street,Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
T:+ 61 (0) 2 9295 8243
F:+61 (0)2 9295 8110I

Peter undertook his undergraduate and PhD training at the University College Cardiff and the University of Wales College of Medicine. He did post-doctoral training in the Department of Medicine and LMB in Cambridge before moving to the Department of Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry in Sheffield where he became a Leukeamia Research Fund Bennett Senior Research Fellow. In 2001 he moved to the Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences at Oxford University as a Senior Research Fellow. Peter returned to Sheffield in 2003 as Professor of Bone Biology. In 2009 Peter was appointed the inaugural joint Direct of the Mellanby Center for Bone Research and the Head of the Department of Human Metabolism, at the University of Sheffield.

Peter joined the Garvan Institute in December 2011 as Head of the Osteoporosis and Bone Program and now leads the Division.  Peter’s research interests are in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for physiological and pathological regulation of the skeleton. He has a particular interest in osteoporosis and tumours that grow in bone such as multiple myeloma, or those that metastasise to bone, including breast and prostate cancer.


Associate Professor Nathan J. Pavlos
Head, Cellular Orthopaedic Laboratory
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
Nedlands, WA  6009

Fax: +61-8 9346-3210

Associate Professor Nathan Pavlos completed his PhD at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The University of Western Australia in 2005. He was a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis USA and carried out his post-doctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany as a NHMRC CJ Martin (Biomedical) Research Fellow (2007-2010). He returned to UWA in 2010 and currently heads the Cellular Orthopaedic Laboratory within the Centre for Orthopaedic Research.  His research interests include deciphering the molecular machinery of bone cells with particular emphasis on bone-resorbing osteoclasts. His current research is supported by the NHMRC and he has been a past recipient of several local and international awards including the Roger Merlick Young Investigator Award (ANZBMS), Webster Jee Young Investigator Award (ICHTS) and Raine Research Prize.

Current appointments:
Deputy Director, Centre for Orthopaedic Research, School of Surgery, The University of Western Australia
Head, Cellular Orthopaedic Laboratory, The University of Western Australia

Scientific Involvement:
Member ANZBMS (1999-)
Programme Organising Committee, ANZBMS Annual Scientific Meeting (2012-)
Council Member (2013-)
Treasurer, ANZORS (2012)-
Programme Organising Committee ASMR NSC 2013-


Associate Professor Paul H Anderson
Musculoskeletal Biology Research
Sansom Institute
University of South Australia
Frome Road
Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: 61 08 8222 3244
Fax: 61 08 8222 3518

Paul Anderson completed his PhD in 2003 at the Department of Physiology, University of Adelaide and completed his post-doctoral training at Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science researching nutritional roles of vitamin D and calcium in the prevention of osteoporosis. Since then, Paul has been continuously funded by the NHMRC to research nutritional and hormonal control of bone remodelling with regards to metabolic bone disease. Paul expertise is the histomorphometric analysis of animal and human bone, cell culture models of osteoblasts and osteocytes and vitamin D and calcium biology.

Current Appointments:
Associate Professor, Head of the Musculoskeletal Biology Research Group, Sansom Institute, University of South Australia
NH&MRC RD Wright Fellow (2013-2016)

Scientific Involvement:


A/Prof Nicholas Pocock MB BS, MD, FRACP
St Vincent’s Hospital
Dept of Nuclear Medicine
Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Tel: 61 02 8382 2216
Fax: 61 02 9361 2619

Nicholas Pocock graduated in medicine from Sydney University in 1978. In 1987 he became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and in 1989 gained his Doctorate in Medicine. He is currently a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst and Associate Professor at the University of NSW. Dr Pocock’s work has resulted in membership of many working parties and clinical advisory groups to State and National medical and Government bodies. He has over 70 publications in peer reviewed national and international medical journals.


Professor Elaine Dennison
Victoria University Wellington, SBS Department
Wellington.  6140. New Zealand
Tel: 44 023 8077 7624

Professor Elaine Dennison trained in medicine at Cambridge University, UK and completed her PhD at the MRC Unit Southampton University, researching the developmental origins of osteoporosis. She was awarded a Wellcome Training Fellowship in Epidemiology to undertake this work, and on receipt of her doctorate remained at Southampton as a Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Principal Investigator of the Hertfordshire Cohort Study. After accrediting in rheumatology in 2002, she was promoted to Reader in 2005, and to a Personal Chair in 2011. Her research interests include the epidemiology of rheumatic disease, specifically osteoporosis. She is currently funded by the Medical Research Council, Arthritis Research UK and the Wellington Medical Research Foundation.

Current appointments:

Professor of Clinical Research, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand & Professor of Musculoskeletal Epidemiology, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Southampton University UK

Scientific Involvement:

Member ANZBMS (2013-)

Local Organising Committee, ANZBMS Regional Trainee meeting, New Zealand (2013)

Local Organising Committee, ANZBMS Annual Scientific Meeting (2014-)

Council Member (2013-)


Robin DalyProfessor Robin Daly
Deakin University
Centre for Physical Activity & Nutrition Research
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood.  VIC.  3125
P: 03 9244 6040
F: 03/9244 6017

Professor Robin Daly completed his PhD in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at RMIT University in 1998 and was awarded an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in 2001 at Deakin University followed by a 5-year NHMRC Career Development Award in 2006. From 2008-2010 he was the Principal Scientist and Director of Research within the Department of Medicine at Western Health, The University of Melbourne. In 2011 he was recruited back to Deakin University as Professor and Chair of Exercise and Ageing.

He has over 20 years of experience in conducting human clinical and translational intervention trials and epidemiological research to evaluate the role of exercise and nutrition for preventing and managing common musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls and fracture. He is also interested in health issues related to vitamin D deficiency (and treatment), dietary protein, chronic low-grade systemic inflammation, prostate cancer (androgen deprivation therapy) and the translation of evidence-based research into practice.

Professional Membership

Scientific Involvement (selected)


Allison PettitDr Allison Pettit
Mater Research Institute-UQ
Translational Research Institute
Level 4, 37 Kent St
Woolloongabba.  QLD.  4102.
P: 073443 7575

Dr Pettit is a Senior Research Fellow leading the Bone and Immunology Research Group at Mater Research Institute-UQ. Her current research activity examines the complex and diverse interactions between bone and immune cells (osteoimmunology). This work is based on her research team’s discovery of osteal tissue macrophage (osteomac) and demonstration of their contributions to bone homeostasis and repair. Extensions of this work that are also being actively investigated include osteomac/macrophage regulation of hematopoiesis and involvement in cancer metastasis in bone. She completed a PhD in 2000 at The University of Queensland’s Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research and subsequently undertook postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School before returning to Australia. She has contributed over 50 original scientific publications spanning areas of immunology, arthritis, bone biology, osteoporosis, transplantation, cancer and stem cell biology. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and distinctions throughout her career and has a strong track record in research higher degree supervision and academic service.



Rachelle BuchbinderProfessor Rachelle Buchbinder
Consultant Rheumatologist
Suite 41 Cabrini Medical Centre
183 Wattletree Rd, Malvern Vic 3144
Tel: 03 9509 4445
Fax: 03 9508 1653

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder completed her medical training at Monash University in 1981 and physician training specializing in rheumatology at the Alfred and Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne. She then completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 1993 and a PhD by publication in 2006 at Monash University. She combines clinical practice in rheumatology and clinical research with a strong emphasis on answering clinically important questions that can be translated into better quality patient care and outcomes.
Current appointments

Clinical practice

Research interests

Her research interests are broad and eclectic covering the field of rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders as well as health literacy and improved communication with patients. She has made contributions in the areas of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, population cohort studies, public health evaluations and development of new outcome measures.
Journal Editor and Editorial Boards
Joint Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Musculoskeletal and Cochrane Board (since 2005)  
Cochrane Back Advisory Board (since 2003)
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (since 2005)
BioMed Central Chiropractic & Osteopathy (since 2005)
Physical Therapy (since 2008)
Arthritis Research & Therapy (since 2009)
Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases Open (since 2014)
International Editorial Board, einstein (since 2015)

Scientific Discipline Involvement (selected)


Prof Markus J. Seibel MD PhD FRACP FGABJD
Bone Research Program
ANZAC Research Institute and Concord Hospital
The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2139
Tel: 61 2 9767 5000
Fax: 61 2 9767 7472

Current appointments:
Chair of Endocrinology, The University of Sydney
Director, Bone Research Program, ANZAC Research Institute, Sydney
Head, Dept. of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Concord Hospital, University of Sydney
Research interests:
Basic and clinical research into bone health and biology: Development and application of novel biochemical markers of bone metabolism; Biology of cancer metastases to bone; Effects of steroid hormones on bone health; Osteoporosis. Over 360 scientific papers including JCI, PNAS, NEJM, BMJ, JBMR, Cancer Res, Development, JBC, Arthritis & Rheumatism and others.
Scientific Involvement and Other Responsibilities:
President, German Academy of Bone and Joint Sciences, 2000-2001
Chairman, Working Group on Biochemical Markers of Bone Metabolism, American Society for Bone & Mineral Research, 1995-2002, 2008 - Member, Board of Directors, The Institute of Bone & Joint Research, 2007 -
Executive Committee, Concord Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, 2007 –
Member, Professional Practice Committee, ASBMR, 2000 - 2003
Member, Working group for guidelines on osteoporosis management, RACGP and Australian Government, 2005 – 2009
Member, Medical & Scientific Committee, Osteoporosis Australia, 2005 –
Medical Editor, National magazine Osteoblast, 2007 –
Currently or past member of editorial boards J Bone Mineral Res, J Clin Endocr Metab, Clin Endocrinol and others.