Who we are

The IFMRS is an international, not for profit federation of musculoskeletal research societies dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of bone and mineral research. The IFMRS mission is to advance musculoskeletal research globally in order to prevent and treat musculoskeletal diseases by collaborating with international societies to share resources, raise public awareness and provide education. 

Our Mission

The mission of the IFMRS is to advance musculoskeletal research globally in order to prevent and treat musculoskeletal diseases by collaborating with international societies to share resources, raise public awareness and provide education.

The IFMRS activities over the next couple of years will focus on:

  • Expanding the Big Data project
  • Developing an on-line learning environment HubLE
  • Opening membership to all musculoskeletal disciplines
  • Increasing exposure for all member societies through social media, joint sessions at meetings, and development of the website
  • Developing education programmes for extending into emerging countries

Leadership - IFMRS Board of Directors

Roland Baron

Roland Baron DDS, PhD
IFMRS Co-Chair

Bente Langdahl

Bente Langdahl MD, DMSc
IFMRS Co-Chair


Markus Seibel MD, PHD, FRACP
IFMRS Treasurer



D. Rick Sumner PhD
IFMRS Secretary


Robert Blank

Robert Blank

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD)

Nicola Napoli

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)

Mark Forwood

The Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS)

Dr. Guillermo Martínez Díaz-Guerra

Sociedad Española de Investigación Ósea y Metabolismo Mineral (SEIOMM)

Ling Qin

International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS)

Juan Jose Scali (IFMRS representative)

The Iberoamerican Society of Osteology and Mineral Metabolism (SIBOMM) 

 Ramiro da Silva (SIBOMM President) – non-Director

The Iberoamerican Society of Osteology and Mineral Metabolism (SIBOMM) 

Sakae Tanaka

Sakae Tanaka MD, PhD

Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research (JSBMR)

Scott Byrne

Molecular & Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia (MEPSA)

Egon Perilli

Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS)

Ralph Müller

International Society of Bone Morphometry (ISBM)

Claire Edwards

Cancer and Bone Society (CABS)

IFMRS Committees and Working Groups

Future Global Leaders

Terms of Reference

Julie Anne Sterling (ASBMR) Co-Chair
Karl Lewis (ORS) Co-Chair
Xiaowei Sherry Liu (ICMRS)
Toshihide Mizoguchi (JSBMR)

Tania Winzenberg (ANZBMS)
Meghan Lawrence (ASBMR)
Nicolas Bonnet (ECTS)

Education Working Group

Terms of Reference

Mark Forwood (ANZBMS) Chair
Karl Lewis (ORS)
Gudrun Stenbeck (ECTS)

Robert Blank (ISCD)
Nicolas Bonnet (ECTS)

Big Data Working Group

ASBMR (American Society for Bone and Mineral Research)
Lynda Bonewald (Co-chair)
Jane Lian
Doug Kiel
David Karasik
ANZBMS (Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society)
Emma Duncan (Co-chair)
European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS)
Fernando Rivadeneira
International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS)
Jian Li
Ling Qin

Japanese Society of Bone and Mineral Research (JSBMR)
Yuuki Imai
Yoshiya Tanaka
Ibero American Society of Osteology and Mineral Metabolism (SIBOMM)
Merce Giner
Aranzazu Rodriguez de Gortázar Alonso-Villalobos
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
Nidhi Bhutani
Muhammad Farooq Rai
Jennifer Westendorf
Elizabeth Yanik
International Society for Bone Morphometry
Ralph Müller


Big Data Sub-Group

CHAIR – Douglas Kiel (Big Data Group member/ASBMR)
Lynda Bonewald (Big Data Group co-chair/ASBMR)
Emma Duncan (Big Data Group co-chair/ANZBMS)
Fernando Rivadeneira (ECTS)
Yukki Imai (JSBMR)
Jennifer Westendorf (ORS)
David Karasik (ASBMR)
Ralph Muller (ISBM)
John Kemp (University of Queensland)


990 Forms

Amanda Sherwood
IFMRS Executive Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1454 61 0255 
E-mail: ifmrs@ifmrs.org 

Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax Forms (990). To view or download the relevant form please click on a link below

IFMRS 2017 990

IFMRS 2018 990

Corporate Support

The benefits of Corporate Support

By working with the IFMRS you will be collaborating with a truly international federation of world-renowned, leading societies, with a combined membership of over 15,000. The IFMRS will work with its corporate partners to develop a programme of activities that will be mutually beneficial with the overarching aims to:
  • increase membership to ensure global representation
  • raise global awareness of musculoskeletal medical and scientific issues through collaborative endeavors amongst member organizations
  • expand the website to provide up-to-date and relevant information on events, grants, research and opportunities and provide a central resource for researchers with an interest in musculoskeletal and related topics via HubLE
  • develop the musculoskeletal genomics knowlegde portal
  • develop an education programme specific to emerging countries – a programme of topics and IFMRS speakers will be available for presenting in countries requiring up to date information on current research and clinical issues relating to musculoskeletal topics
  • ensure members have access to grants and awards:
    – provide information on existing and upcoming grant opportunities
    – offer IFMRS-specific grants to enable young researchers to spend time in another laboratory to learn new techniques
    – collaborate with all member societies to develop an extensive grants and awards programme for the future

Summary of benefits:

  • Company profile on IFMRS website
  • Acknowledgement at any joint events and/or sessions
  • Company logo and acknowledgement at any IFMRS Training/Education event
  • Raising awareness worldwide on current issues relevant to the musculoskeletal field
  • Mailing to all IFMRS members to advertise any satellite session booked for joint meetings
  • Additional access may be available, depending on each member society’s policy and country data protection rules
  • Attendance at KOL meeting during member society’s annual congress – It is important to us that we hear your views so that we can work together to ensure that the needs of our members are met.  Meetings will be arranged during the ASBMR annual congress to discuss future activities and opportunities for collaborative projects.
  • Regular updates on IFMRS activities

Corporate Partners

We are grateful to our Corporate Partners:

Kyowa Kirin

Kyowa Kirin is an R&D-based life sciences company with special strengths in biotechnology. The Kyowa Kirin Group companies strive to contribute to the health and well-being of people around the world by creating new value through the pursuit of advances in life sciences and technologies. www.kyowakirin.com