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  History and Achievements

December 2008: Young Investigator Initiative: Forty seven participants in the USBJD and BJD Canada's Young Investigator Initiative program report $20,987,401 in approved funding since starting the program.

October 2008: The second Experts in Arthritis, a meeting of world-renowned health care professionals and researchers for patients with arthritis and their families, a joint program of the American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Foundation, and USBJD, is held in San Francisco. Two hundred patients and caregivers attended.

October 2008: Fit to a T - 200 sessions: The USBJD marks the 200th session of its public education program on bone health and osteoporosis, Fit to a T.

October 2008: The Executive Summary of The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost is published.

October 2008: 1st Advances in Rare Bone Diseases Scientific Conference is held, in Bethesda, MD, organized by the USBJD. For the full conference report, see link below.

June 2008: National Action Plan for Bone Health: More than 150 individuals representing an array of stakeholders concerned about bone health met in Washington, DC, to develop an action plan and agenda to advance bone health promotion and disease prevention. The National Coalition for Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases convened the meeting. The USBJD was represented on the Planning Committee, and at the meeting by Edward Puzas, PhD, President, Nancy Lane, MD, immediate Past-President, and Toby King, Executive Director. Several USBJD participating organizations participated. Meeting participants built on the findings and recommendations of the 2004 Surgeon General's Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. The National Action Plan for Bone Health (see link below) resulted from the meeting.

June 2008: At the Annual/Board meeting of the USBJD, Joshua Jacobs, MD, is elected President-Elect. The meeting is hosted by the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

May 2008: World Health Organization: USBJD Public Education Committee member, Dr. Ron Kirk presented Straighten Up at the WHO World Health Assembly, May 19-23, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. Straighten Up presentation venues included the NGO Forum for Health Annual Symposium at WHO Headquarters and the NGO Planning Meeting for the 2009 WHO Global Health Promotion Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

April 2008: Wellness Microbreak: At the invitation of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, the USBJD partnered in the development of a public education brochure entitled "The Wellness Microbreak". The brochure, highlighting stretches for deskbound workers and those spending long hours working on computers, was distributed to more than 2,000 occupational health nurses at the AAOHN annual meeting in April 2008.

February 2008: Pain in the Neck No More: February marked a major milestone for musculoskeletal science with the publishing of the long-awaited report by the international Bone and Joint Decade 20002010 Task Force on Neck Pain. A project begun in 2000 at the start of the Decade, the findings of the BJD Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders, published in the journal Spine on February 15, 2008, will have a significant impact on the manner in which neck pain is perceived, treated and studied around the world.

February 2008: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost is published, a joint project of the USBJD and several participating orgnizations.

December 2007: Young Investigators Initiative: 28 participants of the USBJD and BJD Canada program have obtained $13,525,726 in approved research grants since beginning the program.

December 2007: The Board approves the new Vision, Mission, and Goal for the USBJD (see link below).

December 2007: The Annual Carl T. Brighton Workshop on Trauma Care in Developing Countries took place December 8-11, 2007 in Ahmadabad, India, with representatives from POSNA, WHO, CDC and World Bank among others. The goal was to bring together a group of orthopaedic surgeons from different nations to share ideas on improving musculoskeletal trauma care in resource challenged environments. The focus was on systems issues, on teaching/training, and on the role of international organizations in improving the delivery of services. Recommendations may help international organizations to expand their current training programs for trauma care, especially in regions with limited resources. The principle sponsor is the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, and co-sponsors include Stryker, Synthes, and OREF. Supporters include the Bone and Joint Decade and Orthopaedics Overseas. The proceedings are to be published as a symposium in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

November 2007: Experts in Arthritis, a meeting of world-renowned health care professionals and researchers for patients with arthritis and their families, a joint program of the American College of Rheumatology, Arthritis Foundation, and USBJD, is held in Boston. One hundred and eighty participants, mostly patients and caregivers, attended.

October 2007: OsteoporosisCare Tool a program of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians is introduced by the NJAAFP and the USBJD at the annual meeting of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics in San Francisco. At the same session, Laura Tosi, MD, presented "Breaking Tradition: A New Look at Fracture Care" and Kimberly Templeton, MD, presented Osteoporosis Intervention: Is It Ever Too Early?".

October 2007: The USBJD launches the Latino version of Fit to a T, at a meeting of the California Hispanic community in Sacramento, CA, organized in partnership with the California Hispanic Osteoporosis Foundation, Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education, National Association for Commissions for women, and the California Orthopaedic Association.

October 2007: As part of World Spine Day and using Straighten Up America, the USBJD's public education program on spine health, Life University faculty member, Dr. Milagros Rosado, educated and empowered the global Spanish-speaking community regarding spinal health on CNN En Espanol. In a live interview with award winning anchor, Claudia Palacios, Dr. Milagros Rosado explained the importance of maintaining excellent posture and living an active spine-healthy lifestyle. In a related World Spine Day opportunity, Dr. Jeff Miller and intern Christy Metz from the Clinics at Cleveland Chiropractic College Kansas City demonstrated Straighten Up exercises on Kansas Citys NBC television affiliate, KSHB. Other exciting World Spine Day developments included new Straighten Up launches in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Cyprus with a new website. In Korea Carol Grubstadt DC presented the Straighten Up Posture Pod to legislators and practitioners at a Legislative Symposium on World Spine Day. Though originating in the US, the Straighten Up initiative has been translated into 8 languages.

September 2007: International Clubfoot Symposium: The symposium, attended by more than 200 participants from 44 countries took place in Iowa. Funded by NIH and the Ponseti International Association in collaboration with WHO, CDC, POSNA, EPOS, AAP, and Shriners Hospitals for Children, the meeting served as a unique forum that included: exploration of the many aspects of the etiopathogenesis of idiopathic and syndromic clubfoot, which represent the most common musculoskeletal birth defect and a leading cause of childhood disability in the developing world; a rigorous evaluation of treatment outcomes for both non-invasive and surgical procedures was addressed; discussions on public health issues with the main goal of developing programs to prevent and eradicate neglected clubfoot. The symposium provided a unique opportunity for professionals from very different disciplines (including basic science, medicine, and public health) to interact. It is expected the meeting will lead to more translational research and training such as risk factors related to countries, ethnicities, etc; data collection and surveillance leading to the development of prevention and eradication programs; the creation of an International Clubfoot Research Network; the development of foreign research capacity for this crippling deformity, and for other musculoskeletal birth defects.

August 2007: Fit to a T - 100 sessions: The USBJD marked the 100th session of its flagship public education program on bone health and osteoporosis, Fit to a T. New program partners during 2007 include Business and Professional Women/USA, National Association of Commissions for Women, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Allied Rheumatology Health Professionals, and American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics.

June 2007: Road Safety and Teen Drivers: The USBJD issues a call for health care professionals willing to work with the American Automobile Association to advocate for the strengthening of state graduated driver licensing laws.

June 2007: Annual/Board meeting 2007: The annual/Board meeting is held June 5 at the University of Iowa. Members-at-Large Brenda Crabbs, Cynthia Howe, MSN, RN, ONC, Kenneth Johnson, DO, Kimberly Templeton, MD, and Hillary Weldon are elected. J. Edward Puzas, PhD, takes over from Nancy Lane, MD, as USBJD President. June 4 the Board held a planning session to develop a new strategic plan for the USBJD. Also on June 4 a number of Board members made presentations to faculty and staff.

June 2007: Council of Musculoskeletal Educators: Held in conjunction with the AMA House of Delegates meeting, representatives of 17 disciplines concerned with musculoskeletal health, as part of the USBJD program Project 100, agreed a Council of Musculoskeletal Educators should be formed as the next step towards improving musculoskeletal education at medical schools.

May 2007: Back Pain, and Oligoarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Condition Kits released: A USBJD Condition Kit on Back Pain, and another on Oligoarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis have been released.

May 2007: World Health Organization: Public Education Committee member Ron Kirk, DC, met with Dr. Asamoa Baah, WHO Deputy Director General, and officals of the WHO Occupational and Environmental Cluster, and the WHO Child and Adolescent Health and Development cluster to discuss improving worker and child health through the Straighten Up America program.

May 2007: Osteoporosis Education Kit to Prevent Future Fractures: Unveiled by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the Bone and Joint Decade, and the International Society for Fracture Repair, a new osteoporosis education kit is launched to help orthopaedic surgeons better diagnose and treat the 'brittle bone' disease.

March 2007: Arthritis Today magazine features Fit to a T: Arthritis Today, a magazine published by the Arthritis Foundation, features osteoporosis and Fit to a T, the USBJD public education program on bone health and osteoporosis. Because of interest in the story Arthritis Today goes on to develop content on its web site and a link to the Fit to a T Risk Assessment questionnaire.

February 2007: Rare Bone Disease Patient Network: The Network participates at the annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society in Feburary, and also holds its second annual meeting at the offices of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

December 2006: Fit to a T in 2006: Fifty-two sessions of Fit to a T, the USBJD's public education program on bone health and osteoporosis took place in 2006.

December 2006: Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Rheumatology, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Scoliosis Research Society, Orthopaedic Research Society, Arthritis Foundation, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and later the National University of Health Sciences join the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons to develop an updated Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States. This important resource for increasing awareness about bone and joint conditions, and for researchers, will be offered online, as well as in print in full and as an executive summary.

November 2006: Surgeon General Meeting: November 13 some 20 representatives of USBJD participating organizations, NIAMS, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the BJD International Steering Committee, met with Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH, acting Surgeon General, to discuss progress of Fit to a T. The meeting was organized by Wanda Jones, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Women's Health, DHHS.

November 2006: USBJD Receives Arthritis Foundation Award: The USBJD is awarded the Arthritis Foundation Metropolitan Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2006.

October 2006: National Action Week 2006: The NAW is launched at a game of the NY Giants. Among activities taking place across the country: Choices and Outcome of Joint Replacements - A Public Symposium is held in New York City; The CDC releases new figures on the prevalence of arthritis; Shriners Hospitals for Children launch a campaing focusing on juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; Straighten Up America, a new public education program on back health is launched; The World's Largest Dinner Party is held.

October 2006: Straighten Up America launched: SUA, a new public education program on back health is launched worldwide. In the U.S., a special Decade version is also launched.

October 2006: Choices and Outcomes of Joint Replacements: A public symposium, organized by BJD Ambassador Peter Walker, was held October 9 in New York. For more, see USBJD Newsletter December 2006/January 2007.

October 2006: USBJD Receives BJD International Award: The 2006 BJD International Award for Research Funding Relations was awarded to the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade for its extraordinary initiative in developing a program that trains young U.S. and Canadian clinical investigators in how to obtain research grants for musculoskeletal science - the Young Investigator Initiative.

September 2006: Young Investigator Initiative: Seventeen new and seventeen returning young investigators participate in the Fall 2006 workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia.

September 2006: Rare Bone Disease Patient Network: The newly formed Rare Bone Disease Patient Network makes its debut at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

September 2006: Musculoskeletal Medicine Subject Examination: A subject examination in musculoskeletal medicine was released by the National Board of Medical Examiners. The exam will be tested and validated over the next year. For more, see USBJD Newsletter December 2006/January 2007.

June 2006: Annual/Board meeting 2006: The USBJD annual/Board meeting was held June 6 at the Kansas Univeristy Medical Center. J. Edward Puzas, PhD was elected as President-Elect. June 5, several Board members presented lectures to KUMC faculty and staff on their specialties.

June 2006: First corporate Fit to a T session - LaSalle Bank: A "Lunch n' Learn" session of Fit to a T, the USBJD public education program on bone health and osteoporosis is held at LaSalle Bank in Chicago.

June 2006: BJD Global Network Conference 2009: The USBJD Board approves formation of a committee, with co-chairs Dr. Nancy Lane and Dr. Stuart Weinstein, to organize the annual meeting in 2009 of all Bone and Joint Decade National Action Networks. The meeting will take place October 20-25, 2009, in Washington, DC.

June 2006: Election of J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D. - June 6, 2006, J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D., was elected President-Elect by the Board of the United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD). Dr. Puzas will become USBJD President 2007-2009 as of the annual/Board meeting in 2007. Dr. Puzas became co-chair of the USBJD Research Committee in 2002, and has been chair since June 2003. He has also served as Secretary of the USBJD since June 2003. As a Board member Dr. Puzas represents the Orthopaedic Research Society.

April 2006: Rare Bone Disease groups meet: April 6 several patient groups met at the offices of the National Osteoporosis Foundation to discuss common issues they face, opportunities for collaboration and to bring them into the "bone community." Dr. Stephen Groft of the NIH Office of Rare Diseases, Joan McGowan, NIH/NIAMS, and Ann Elderkin of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research also attended the meeting.

April 2006: Young Investigator Initiative: The third USBJD and Bone and Joint Canada workshop is held, this time welcoming ten returning and sixteen new participants. Guest speakers included Mary Crow, President, American College of Rheumatology, and the presidential line of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

March 2006: Pediatric Curriculum: Representatives of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Society of North America met to develop a pediatric musculoskeletal curriculum for residents.

March 2006: All 125 U.S. Medical Schools endose Decade - March 2, 2006 the USBJD was pleased to announce that all 125 American Medical Schools have declared their support for the Decade. For more on Project 100, the Decade's initiative to improve musculoskeletal health education at medical schools.

March 2006: Pinpointing Cause of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) Will Accelerate Development of Treatments for FOP and Common Bone Disorders - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have located the “skeleton key, a gene that, when damaged, causes the body's skeletal muscles and soft connective tissue to undergo a metamorphosis into bone, progressively locking joints in place and rendering movement impossible. Identifying the gene that causes fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), one of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to humans and a condition that imprisons its childhood victims in a second skeleton, has been the focus at Penn's Center for Research in FOP and Related Disorders for the past 15 years. This important discovery is relevant, not only for patients with FOP, but also for those with more common skeletal conditions.

November 2005: Young Investigator Initiative workshop: The USBJD and Bone and Joint Canada held the second YII workshop in Toronto, Canada.

October 2005: Road Safety Survey: Following publication of a series of articles in club publications of the American Automobile Association on road safety, the USBJD and AAA undertook a survey in which more than 1,000 healthcare professionals replied on road safety and seniors. The results were released during National Action Week along with resources for member organizations and their members to use.

October 2005: National Institutes of Health meeting: More than thirty USBJD participating organizations met at the National Institutes of Health to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership. The meeting was organized by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and chaired by its director, Dr. Stephen Katz. For more, see December 2005/January 2006 newsletter.

October 2005: National Action Week 2005: Fit to a T, the USBJD's new bone health and osteoporosis public education program, is launched with eight pilot sessions at public libraries across the country, PB&J (Protect Your Bones and Joints) is released newly modified with the participation of members of several Decade organizations, a meeting is held of more than thrity Decade participating organizations with the National Institutes of Health, several pediatric organizations led by the Shriners Hospitals for Children launch focus on osteogenesis imperfecta.

October 2005: AAMC recommends learning objectives for musculoskeletal medicine education - The AAMC has published a Medical School Objectives Project report on "Musculoskeletal Medicine Education" to coincide with U.S. Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week 2005. The report describes the basic learning objectives and educational strategies related to musculoskeletal medicine education in the undergraduate curriculum for all American medical schools, highlighting the knowledge, skills and attitiudes all graduating medical students should possess in musculoskeletal medicine. This report will support the efforts of Project 100, a Decade sponsored venture to ensure that 100% of American medical schools offer dedicated instruction in musculoskeletal medicine.

August 2005: Trauma Condition Kit: The USBJD's Condition Kit on Trauma is released.

July 2005: Capitol Hill Reception - Children and FOP: The USBJD held a reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, July 13, 2005, with the International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association (IFOPA). The session with a briefing on FOP presented the need for more research, and was sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Congressmen Michael Ferguson (R-NJ) and Robert Andrews (D-NJ). Guests and speakers included Dr. David Glaser from the FOP laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Peter Armstrong, Director, Medical Affairs, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Board member of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade; renowned author, Carol Higgins Clark, USBJD Board members Dr. David Spiegel and Hilary Weldon.

July 2005: Surgeon General meeting: Kimberley Templeton, MD, chair of the USBJD Public Education Committee, Toby King, Executive Director, and Bella Dingh-Zarr of the American Autmobile Association, meet with Dr. Richard Carmona, Surgeon General to dicuss plans for launch of the Decade's public education program on bone health and osteoporosis, a response to the Surgeon General's report on the same.

July 2005: Childhood Condition Kit: The USBJD's Condition Kit on Childhood Musculoskeletal Diseases was released.

June 2005: Nancy Lane, MD, is elected USBJD President 2005-2007. Dr. Lane headed the task force that developed the USBJD's Young Investigators Initiative. As a Board member, Dr. Lane represents the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

June 2005: Annual/Board meeting: The USBJD's annual/Board meeting was held at the Headquarters of Shriners Hospitals for Children, in Tampa, FL. Nancy Lane, MD, was elected President. Joshua Jacobs, MD, outlined a proposal for updating Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States as a joint project involving the Decade.

May 2005: Young Investigators Initiative launched: May 13-15 the first workshop of the USBJD's Young Investigator Initiative program was held. The program, organized in partnership with Bone and Joint Canada, focuses on developing clinical researchers in the field of musculoskeletal research.

April 2005: Three new testimonial announcements were released: the first highlights juvenile arthritis; the second the importance of the Arthritis Prevention, Control and Cure Act; the third cerebral palsy.

January 2005: Celebrating anniversaries in 2005
75 years - American Academy of Pediatrics
50 years - Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)
25 years - National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON)
15 years - American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)

October 2004: National Action Week 2004 was launched at the American Stock Exchange, where Joe Klecko, former New York Jets player sounded the Opening Bell.

October 2004: Protect Your Bones - This educational program for high school students was successfully launched as a pilot program in Cleveland, Ohio. The program was delivered to over 1,000 freshman students.

October 2004: Project 100 - A Question-Writing Task Force met for the first time to develop more questions on musculoskeletal health for the National Board of Medical Examiners.

October 2004: Surgeon General's Report on Osteoporosis and Bone Health - This much anticipated report was released on October 14, during the Decade's National Awareness Week.

September 2004: Project 100 - Under the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Objectives Program, a panel of experts met to develop recommendations on the knowledge and skills graduating medical students should possess relating to musculoskeletal health. The panel is expected to issue its recommendations in 2005.

September 2004: Stephen Katz, MD, PhD, Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS/NIH), in an editorial published in the October edition of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR), draws attention to the importance of the United States Bone and Joint Decade (2002-2011), and the need for more physician-scientists to conduct clinical research to address the shortage of physicians in the research pipeline.

July 2004: Osteoporosis Condition Kit: The USBJD's first condition kit was launched, on osteoporosis. The condition kits are designed to provide an overview of the scope of disease, caues, diagnosis, treatment, and future research directions.

July 2004: Capitol Hill luncheon - Osteoporosis - The Bone and Joint Decade sponsored a luncheon with the National Osteoporosis Foundation on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of musculoskeletal diseases and conditions in the United States. The event, sponsored by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) focused on advancements in the research and treatment of osteoporosis. More than 50 congressional staff attended the luncheon, including Allan Noonan, MD, MPH, Special Advisor to the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, an orthopaedic surgeon from Rochester, N.Y., and president of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) chaired the session. Speakers included Deborah T. Gold, PhD, Linda Harrigan, Joan McGowan, PhD, Cliff Rosen, MD. A full report on the meeting appears in the August 2004 edition of the USBJD Newsletter (www.usbjd.org/rd/?Newsletter), as well as at the link provided below.

June 2004: Annual/Board meeting: The USBJD's 2004 annual/Board meeting was held at the offices of the American College of Rheumatology. Half the day was devoted to dicussions about how to increase the role of patients in the Decade with participation from Jack Klippel, MD, of the Arthritis Foundation, Charles Helmick, MD, of the CDC, and Mark Rosenberg, MD, of the Global Road Safety Steering Committee.

April 2004: Road Safety - USBJD Board passes resolution in support of reducing road injuries, recognizing the World Health Organization's designation of Road Safety on World Health Day, April 7, and the United Nations emphasis on road safety. Decade participating organizations are called on to promote road safety, and to identify specific areas in which they can contribute to reducing the burden.

March 2004: Association of American Medical Colleges agrees to establish an expert panel to develop an Objectives Paper on musculoskeletal education for medical schools. National Board of Medical Examiners agrees to develop a shelf test on musculoskeletal education with the Decade.

March 2004: ASBMR Launches Bone Curriculum Site -
The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research announced the launch of its Bone Curriculum Web site.

February 2004: The number of resolutions, obtained by Gary Whyte, from the states of New Jersey and New York, in support of the Bone and Joint Decade and calling for more research into Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) reaches over 230. FOP is a rare genetic disorder that causes bone to form in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues where it should not, so creating an extra skeleton that restricts movement and immobilizes the joints of the body. The City of New York proclaims February 2004 as FOP month.

October 2003: Project 100 - Musculoskeletal Education: Meeting of specialists in musculoskeletal medicine, including orthopaedists, rheumatologists, physiatrists, and researchers, with the Association of American Medical Colleges to discuss musculoskeletal education and to develop recommendations.

October 2003: National Awareness Week activities of participating organizations reach over 26 million Americans.

September 2003: Decade invites medical schools to support the Decade. By March 2004 57 medical schools have done so, and 17 colleges of osteopathic medicine.

September 2003: Musculoskeletal Medicine textbook published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Editor, Joseph Bernstein, MD, MS.

May 2003: The United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) has elected a new president—Regis J. O’Keefe, MD, PhD, professor of orthopaedics and oncology, Rochester University Medical Center, N.Y. Dr. O’Keefe takes over as President from Stuart Weinstein, M.D., who was recently named second vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The election took place on Friday, May 30, 2003 at the USBJD annual meeting.
At the same meeting Michael J. Condit, MD, was elected USBJD treasurer and John P. Dormans, MD, Kenneth J. Koval, MD and Andrea McConville, RN, were elected members-at-large of the USBJD Board.

Dr. Condit represents the American College of Rheumatology on the Board, Dr. Dormans, represents the Scoliosis Research Society, Dr. Koval represents the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and Andrea McConville represents the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses.

February 2003: The American Orthopaedic Society For Sports Medicine announced funding of a multi-center research project on non-contact ACL injuries as part of its contribution to the Bone and Joint Decade.

Non-contact ACL injuries are a major concern within orthopaedic sports medicine. The Society has earmarked up to $250,000 in support of research projects that focus specifically on neuromuscular and biomechanical factors in the genesis and prevention of non-contact ACL injuries.

In awarding its first grant, the Society ran a workshop to review a broad range of proposals and used a competitive grants evaluation process. It subsequently presented the award to a collaborative comprehensive proposal that resulted from the workshop, from North Carolina University, US Naval Academy, Boston University and the Orthopaedics Center of Rockville, MD, for a multi-center study on Epidemiology of Jump-Landing Movements and ACL Injury.

For more information contact the Society at 847-292-4900

January 2003: Dr. Joseph Bernstein is nominated to lead the USBJD Committee on Medical School Education. Their major activity "Project 100" is to develop, offer and have instituted a musculosketlal curricula in medical schools during the Decade.

January 2003: USBJD held first meeting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meeting focused on arthritis program at CDC. Report appeared in March 2003 edition of USBJD Newsletter. www.usbjd.org/news

December 2002: Dr. Edward Puzas and Dr. Philip Osdoby are nominated to co-chair USBJD's new Research Committee. Dr. Puzas represents the Orthopaedic Research Society for the USBJD, and Dr. Osdoby the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

October 2002: TIME magazine published cover story on "The Coming Epidemic of Arthritis."

USBJD followed up with a letter to the Editor from Dr. Weinstein, USBJD President and USNAN National Coordinator. An excerpt reads:
"The United States Bone and Joint Decade applauds Time on your coverage of the burden of arthritis on our society, and for bringing such a critical health care issue to the forefront for discussion. This timely article follows on the heels of the March 2002 declaration by President Bush of the years 2002-2011 as the National Bone and Joint Decade."

Copies of the article can be ordered from TIME at http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101021209/story.html

October 2002: USBJD held first meeting with the National Institutes of Health.

Chaired by Stephen Katz, Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the meeting drew the directors and staff of other institutes as well as Elias A. Zerhouni, MD, Director of the NIH. Other Institute Directors attending included:
· Richard Hodes, MD, National Institute on Aging (NIA)
· Duane Alexander, MD, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
· Allen Spiegel, MD, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

For report on meeting see USBJD Newsletter, December 2002. http://www.usbjd.org/news

October 2002: US Bone and Joint Decade launched new website, and print materials for physicians to use and distribute. All US participating organizations linked to site.

September 2002: US Bone and Joint Decade won "Special Achievement Award" from International Bone and Joint Decade.

September 2002: USBJD Chair, and US NAN National Coordinator Stuart Weinstein, MD attends national coordinators meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

August 2002:

July 2002: Decade presented to Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association, and promoted at the American Juvenile Arthritis Foundation annual convention.

June 2002: The USBJD initiated a Patient Information section on its website. USBJD Board met, and also held first meeting with industry representatives. Decade promoted at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual convention.

May 2002: Media teleconference held on back pain.

April 2002: : The US Bone and Joint Decade opened an office, and hired Toby King to coordinate activities. In August Mr. King became the USBJD Executive Director.

March 2002: President Bush officially proclaimed the Bone and Joint Decade designating the years 2002-2011 for the Decade in the United States. Wyeth becomes the first corporate Founding Supporter of the USBJD.

February 2002: Founding Members of the US National Action Network held a meeting to incorporate the United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) as a charitable not-for-profit organization. Founding Members form Board of USBJD, succeeding Steering Committee. The newly incorporated body’s certificate of incorporation was received in June from the State of Illinois. Decade promoted at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual conference, Dallas.

January 2002: Fortune magazine published two cover story articles on the Decade.

December 2001:

October 2001: Steering Committee of the US National Action Network met.

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