Office Bearers and Council


Professor Natalie Sims


Natalie Sims

St Vincents' Institute
Fitzroy.  VIC. 3065.
T: 03/9231 2555

Deputy Director, St. Vincent’s Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Natalie Sims directs the Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit at St. Vincent’s
Institute and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professorial 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 original research publications and many invited chapters and reviews. Prof Sims is an Associate Editor of both the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and Endocrine Reviews, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Her work has been recognised by the American Society of Boen and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Fuller Albright Award (2010), the International Bone and Mineral Society Herbert A Fleisch Award (2013) and the ASBMR Paula Stern Award (2020).



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

 Paul Anderson










Head, Musculoskeletal Biology Research and BioTest Facility 
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
University of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: +61 08 302 7387

Associate Professor Paul Anderson is Head of the Musculoskeletal Biology Research Laboratory and BioTest Facility at the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and runs a pre-clinical musculoskeletal assessment facility providing research for the government and private-sector.

Paul's broad area of research and expertise is in the development of strategies for preventing and treating bone diseases and fractures. His activity includes investigations in to the nutritional, hormonal and molecular control of bone health; clinical trials of fracture prevention and healing; and novel anabolic and anti-microbial orthopaedic medical devices. His research in the field of endocrinology includes the identifying novel therapeutic activities of vitamin D in bone health, as well as cancer prevention and improved pregnancy outcomes.

Professional Membership:

Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society; Australian Society for Medical Research; American Society for Bone and Mineral Research; International Society of Bone Morphometry; Adelaide Bone Group Council ; Alliance of Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity; Healthy Development Adelaide.

Scientific Involvement (selected):

Australian Health and Medical Research Congress Committee (2012); Bone Health Foundation Research Advisory Committee (2014 -); Clare Bone Valley scientific meeting organising committee (2012 -); NHMRC Panelist: ('09, '10, '13, '14, '16, '17, '18)



Professor Mark Forwood

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.



Professor Peter Croucher

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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.


Professor Jillian Cornish


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.


Professor Mark Cooper

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.


Associate Professor Rachel Davey

Rachel Davey



















Associate Professor Rachel A Davey, PhD
Head, Molecular Endocrinology and Musculoskeletal Research Group
Department of Medicine, Austin Health
The University of Melbourne
Level 7, Lance Townsend Building
Studley Road
Heidelberg Victoria 3074
Ph: 61 3 9496 5507
Fax: 61 3 9457 5485

Associate Professor Rachel Davey completed her PhD in Physiology at The University of Adelaide in 1998, studying the effects of estrogens and androgens on bone cell metabolism. Associate Professor Davey is currently Head of the Molecular Endocrinology and Musculoskeletal Research Group in the Department of Medicine, Austin Health at the University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Davey’s research focusses on the cellular and molecular pathways through which hormones act in the musculoskeletal system with a particular focus on androgens and calcitonin. She has over 50 publications spanning areas of bone and muscle biology and metabolism. In recognition of her research and teaching achievements, she was the first Australian to be awarded the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research Early Career Teaching Award (2008), the inaugural recipient of the Endocrine Society of Australia Mid-Career Award (2009) and the recipient of an ANZBMS mid-career fellowship in 2017.

Scientific Involvement (selected):
Member ANZBMS, 1997-current.
Member ASBMR, 2004 – current.
Member ESA, 1999 – current.
Co-chair of the Programme Organising Committee, ANZBMS Scientific Meeting, 2018 and 2019.
Member of the Programme Organising Committee and Local Organising Committee, ANZBMS 2013.



Prof. Gustavo Duque MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA


Prof. Gustavo Duque MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA

Sunshine Hospital, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans, VIC, 3021, Australia 

T +61 3 8395 8121 | E

Prof. Gustavo Duque MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. His initial training included Internal Medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and Geriatric Medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast’ under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kremer. Prof. Duque's major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms and potential new treatments for age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise and proteins on bone and muscle mass. He is currently Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) at the University of Melbourne and Western Health. He is also Director of the Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Western Health (Melbourne). As part of this Program, Prof. Duque implemented a Falls and Fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner.



Professor Allison Pettit


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.