Tara Brennan-Speranza

Tara is a teaching and research physiologist at The University of Sydney (Australia). The focus of her research is the physiology and pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal system and therapeutic benefits of hormonal and pharmaceutical interventions into skeletal and metabolic diseases in murine and in vitro models. Her work investigating the endocrine role of osteoblasts in metabolic control has gained international recognition. She is an avid supporter of early career scientists, supervising several PhD and masters students, as well as founding the technical skills-based Sydney Bone Phenotyping Workshop. Besides science, she loves to run, read and travel.

Nicolas Bonnet

Nicolas is a senior scientist in bone and join physiology currently based at the Nestlé research center (Lausanne, Switzerland). The focus of his research is on how nutrition and physical activity can impact (1) Bone mass acquisition in infant and children, with the idea that osteoporosis is a pediatric disease, and (2) Bone, cartilage and muscle loss in aging and metabolic disease, with the idea to improve mobility and life quality. He is an avid supporter of connection between scientist coming from different horizon, and founder of the ECTS academy in order to advance bone research – together. Besides science, he love to cook with a nice of wine, and his other passions include strolling in the mountains, swimming in lakes and motorcycling.

Yusuke Shiozawa MD PhD

Yusuke is a Cancer Biologist at Wake Forest University Health Sciences, North Carolina, United States. His primary research focuses on investigating the crosstalk between bone metastatic cancer and sensory nerves in the bone to develop novel treatment strategies to lower cancer-associated deaths, and strategies to improve the quality of life of advanced cancer patients. Healso seeks to provide academic opportunities for all levels of students, and work toward collaboration, sharing of resources, and scholarship. Besides research, he enjoys running, playing soccer, and spending time with his family.

Brett Steineman

Brett is a biomechanical engineer at the Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY, USA). His current research combines computational modeling and cadaveric simulation of ankle joint motion to determine specimen-specific loading during activity. Ultimately, this information will be used to design and optimize more robust ankle replacements. Brett is also a strong advocate for open-source software and data sharing. In particular, he is using an open-source platform, OpenSim, to generate models to answer specific research questions and then releasing these models to the public so that other researchers will be able to build upon his work. In his free time, Brett enjoys doing anything outside, such as hiking, biking, playing softball, golfing, and snowboarding. When not reading research articles, he also enjoys reading into various topics of psychology, philosophy, and theology.

Dounia Hamoudi

Dounia is a PhD student in clinical and biomedical sciences currently based at the Laval University department of Medicine (Quebec, CA). Her research project is mainly oriented towards a common regulatory pathway that links osteoporosis and muscle atrophy or degeneration, specifically the RANK /RANKL/OPG pathway and the development of novel therapeutic strategies that could potentially counter osteoporosis and muscle degeneration in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or other forms of bone and muscle disease. She has a special interest in scientific vulgarization and sharing of information through her involvement as a Newsletter director of the Neuroscience axis. Besides science, she enjoys traveling, exploring new places and hiking.

Karan M Shah MSc PhD

Originally from India, Karan is a cell biologist now based at the University of Sheffield (UK), with interests in bone cell physiology. The focus of his current research is to understand the mechanisms that govern the metastases of breast cancer to bone, with wider interests in purinergic signaling and its role in bone physiology. When not at work, you are likely to find Karan on a long run or a walk in the Peak District.