The CMDR Administrative Core organizes a series of Distinguished Lectures. Speakers are invited based on the relevance of their work to each project and on its impact in the areas of interest. The goal is to inform and educate Center members about ongoing, high impact research and to establish relationships with important contributors to the field.


Ernestina Schipani, M.D., Ph.D. Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor, Internal Medicine, Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology,University of Michigan, Orthopaedic Research Laboratories

“Suppressing mitochondrial respiration is critical for hypoxia tolerance in the fetal growth plate”. Friday, July 13, 2018


Ling Qi, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, The University of Michigan Medical School

“Protein folding and degradation in the endoplasmic reticulum: what can we learn from mouse models?” Friday, September 14, 2018.



Eileen Shore, Ph.D.  Cali and Weldon Research Professor in FOP, Department: Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

“Heterotopic Ossification – How Does This Happen?” Friday, February 8th, 2019


Carlos Isales, M.D., Ph.D.Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Augusta University

“Role of kynurenine, a tryptophan oxidation product, on age-associated bone loss”, Friday, March 1st, 2019


Christopher Evans, Ph.D. Director, Musculoskeletal Gene Therapy Research Laboratory Mayo Clinic

“Getting arthritis gene therapy into the clinic”, Monday, September 9, 2019

Iannis Adamopoulos, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Medicine, UC Davis

“Immune bone loss by the IL-23/IL-17 axis in inflammatory arthritis”, Friday, December 6, 2019



Rafael de Cabo, Ph.D. Senior Investigator, Translational Gerontology Branch, NIA

“SLAM: Study of Longitudinal Aging in Mice”, Friday, March 6, 2020


Nicholas P. Greene, Ph.D. FACSM, Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Director, Cachexia Research Laboratory University of Arkansas

“Exploring Mechanisms in the Onset of Cancer-Cachexia”, Friday, July 24, 2020