Celebrating 50-years: the history and future of the International Society of Bone Morphometry

Erica L. Scheller, Michelle McDonald, Thomas L. Andersen, D. Rick Sumner, Masaki Noda, Reinhold G. Erben, Brendan F. Boyce, Juliet E. Compston, David W. Dempster, Hideaki E. Takahashi, Hartmut H. Malluche, Thomas J. Wronski

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The International Society of Bone Morphometry (ISBM) is dedicated to advancing research, education, and clinical practice for osteoporosis and other bone disorders by developing and improving tools for the quantitative imaging and analysis of bone. Its initial core mission was to promote the proper use of morphometric techniques in bone research and to educate and train clinicians and basic scientists in bone morphometry. This article chronicles the evolution of the ISBM and the history and development of bone morphometric techniques for the past 50-years, starting with workshops on bone morphometry in 1973, to the formal incorporation of the ISBM in 1996, to today. We also provide a framework and vision for the coming decades. This effort was led by ISBM presidents Dr Erica L. Scheller (2022-2024) and Dr Thomas J. Wronski (2009-2012) in collaboration with all other living ISBM presidents. Though the underlying techniques and questions have changed over time, the need for standardization of established tools and discovery of novel approaches for bone morphometry remains a constant. The ISBM fulfills this need by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, with a philosophy that encourages the open discussion of pitfalls and challenges among clinicians, scientists, and industry partners. This facilitates the rapid development and adaptation of tools to meet emerging demands within the field of bone health at a high level.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberziae070
JournalJBMR Plus
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2024

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.


  • analysis/quantitation of bone
  • analysis/quantitation of bone
  • analysis/quantitation of bone
  • bone histomorphometry
  • bone modeling and remodeling
  • bone qct/microct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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