Office Bearers and Council


Peter CroucherProfessor 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.

President Elect

Natalie SimsAssoc. Professor Natalie Sims
St Vincents' Institute
Fitzroy.  VIC. 3065.
T: 03/9231 2555

Associate Director, St. Vincent’s Institute, Melbourne, Australia Assoc. Prof. Natalie Sims directs the Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit at St. Vincent’s
Institute and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD in 1995 at the University of Adelaide, and
started her own laboratory in Melbourne in 2001 after postdoctoral studies at the Garvan Institute (Sydney) and Yale University. Her work has defined the roles of Oncostatin M,
Cardiotrophin 1, and Leukemia Inhibitory Factor on the development and maintenance of the skeleton, using genetically altered mouse models and in vitro systems. She has worked closely with Prof TJ Martin on developing theories of bone cell communication, particularly with respect to the concept of “coupling”. Her current work continues to focus on paracrine control of the skeleton, particularly the way parathyroid hormone, IL-6 and STAT1/3 signalling influence bone formation and destruction. She has >100 publications. Dr Sims is a Senior Editor of the journal Bone and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Her work has been recognised by the ASBMR Fuller Albright Award (2010) and the International Bone and Mineral Society Herbert A Fleisch Award (2013).


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:



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.



Jillian CornishProfessor Jillian Cornish
University of Auckland
Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Private Bag 92019
Auckland. 1142
New Zealand

Professor Cornish leads the Skeletal Biology Research Group in University of Auckland, New Zealand. Dr Cornish’s group investigates factors that are anabolic to bone cells, cartilage and tendon cells for which they hold international patents. The group has established numerous in vitro and in vivo models in skeletal biology and developed a keen interest in skeletal regenerative medicine. She has received prestigious awards, including the 2014 Paula Stern Achievement Award, (American Society of Bone and Mineral Research) and 2014 Career Achievement Award, (Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society) and she has served on editorial boards and boards of the International Bone and Mineral Society, International Society of Bone Morphometry and is a past-president of Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.


Mark ForwoodProfessor Mark Forwood
Griffith University Gold Coast
School of Medical Science
Griffith University
QLD.  4222.
P: 61 07/5552 7305

Professor Forwood was appointed as the Foundation Chair of Anatomy at Griffith University in 2009, and Head, School of Medical Science in 2013. His laboratory studies skeletal adaptation, mechanotransduction and bone quality, funded by grants from National Health and Medical Research Council. He was a NHMRC Fellow at Indiana University with David Burr and Charles Turner at IUPUI from 1991-1994. Following his Fellowship, Prof Forwood returned to the The University of Queensland, where he continued his research in skeletal biology and taught gross and musculoskeletal anatomy. His laboratory continues to study skeletal biology, bone remodeling in fracture repair and optimisation of sterilisation conditions for bone allografts. Prof Forwood has been continually funded by NHMRC from 1996-2017. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bone and Mineral Society until 2017, the Editorial Board of Bone and a section editor for Current Osteoporosis Reports. In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Mark CooperProfessor Mark Cooper
University of Sydney, Anzac Research Institute
Concord Repatriation General Hospital
Hospital Road
Concord.  NSW.  2139.
P: 0413 783 888

Mark Cooper is Prof of Medicine and Head of Medicine at the Concord Clinical School, University of Sydney. He heads the Adrenal Steroid Lab at the ANZAC Research Institute. Until 2012 he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK. and metabolic bone physician at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, one of the largest orthopaedic hospitals in Europe. His clinical and research interests include adrenal steroid physiology and metabolic bone disease. In particular, he examines the role that glucocorticoid metabolism plays in normal physiology, inflammatory arthritis and glucocorticoid induced osteoporosis. He was previously the Bertram Abraham’s Lecturer in Physiology at the Royal College of Physicians of London. He has served on committees for the ASBMR and ECTS. He continues to combine a clinical practice with a basic/translational research group.


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)