After three years of exceptional and devoted service by our former Editor-in-Chief, Teun De Vries, the ECTS Board has appointed me as the Editor-in-Chief of the ECTS Newsletter. I am indeed honored, and I will do my best to ensure that the ECTS Newsletter continues to deliver important and relevant information for the ECTS members.
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. My main current research topics include bone heterogeneity in age and disease, bone in diabetes, and bone innervation. Hereby, I would like to wish a warm welcome to new members of the ECTS Newsletter team, Antonia Sophocleous and Barbara Hauser, who will work with Antonio Maurizi, Cristiana Cipriani, and myself to further enrich our Newsletter.
Antonia Sophocleous is an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at the European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. She mainly investigated the role of the endocannabinoids in bone health and recently developed interest in the role of the gut microbiome in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis.
Barbara Hauser is Consultant Rheumatologist at the Western General Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She developed interest in the mechanisms of bone loss in rheumatic diseases, in osteoporosis and in metabolic bone diseases. She has joined the ECTS Academy in 2020 and her current research interests are fracture risk prediction models and clinical aspects of osteoimmunology.
The new Newsletter team will work devotedly to present various ECTS initiatives and events to you, and invite you to take part in these activities. We will highlight the exciting program of our annual congress, but also show you what ECTS offers to all of us during the entire year and why we are proud to be its members. We will also continue presenting national bone societies to give you a perspective on the state and organization of bone research throughout Europe (and beyond). With a balanced representation of clinical and basic scientists, we will bring to your attention a selection of recent and exciting articles on important topics in bone research. Furthermore, we will tackle various challenges in the career in bone field, common early and mid-career dilemmas, everyday and social aspects of research life, teaching innovations, and ways to improve your clinical work. Stay tuned, get involved, and let’s shape the future of the bone research together!