Executive Board

Composition of the EB

Missions of the EB

Olaia Naveiras



Claire Edwards

Vise President,

United Kingdom

William Cawthorn


United Kingdom

Bram van der Eerden

Treasurer, Netherlands

Associate Professor at department of Biomedical sciences at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Hematologist by training, with expertise in the hematopoietic stem cell microenvironment both during development and in the adult bone marrow. 

Member of the American, European and Swiss Societies of Hematology (ASH, EHA, SSH) and the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). Vice President of the Swiss Stem Cell Network. Host of the 3rd International Meeting on Bone Marrow Adiposity (Lausanne 2017) and BMAS constitutive assembly.

Our lab is specifically interested in the role and metabolic influence of adipocytes and their precursors in the blood-forming function of the bone marrow. Much of our current research is devoted to developing quantitative and digital pathology methods to address these questions, with a particular focus on studies from human primary samples. Fore more infomation: here 

Principal investigator at the University of Edinburgh, with expertise in MSC differentiation and the endocrine & metabolic aspects of adipose tissue.

Member of the UK Society for Endocrinology and the Bone Research Society. Review Editor for Frontiers in Endocrinology;

Current research focuses on the formation and function of bone marrow adipose tissue, especially their endocrine and metabolic properties. Further details can be found here

Group leader at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with expertise in the genetics and physiology of calcium/phosphate and bone metabolism. Member and former board member of the Dutch Calcium and Bone Metabolism Society, member of ECTS and ASBMR. Guest editor of special issue on BMAT for Current Molecular Biology Reports. Current research focuses on novel candidate genes that are anabolic to bone, phosphate metabolism-related diseases as well as mechanisms behind cell-cell interaction in relation to fracture healing. For more information: can be found here  

Biagio Palmisano

Young Investigator representative, Italy

Rita Sarkis

Webmaster, Switzerland

Erica Scheller


Antonella Poloni


Postdoctoral researcher at Sapienza University of Rome. 

Organizing committee member of Third International Meeting on Bone Marrow Adiposity (Lausanne 2017).

Current research focused on pathogenetic mechanisms of Fibrous Dysplasia of bone and the role of Gs alpha pathway on cells of the bone marrow stromal system

Bioengineering PhD Student at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). Organizing committee member of the BMAS summer school 2021. 

Current research focused on developing novel tools for quantitative pathology to test the prognostic value of stromal evolution in hematopoietic malignancies.

Principal investigator in the Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases at Washington University in Saint Louis, with expertise in bone biology, endocrine physiology, neurobiology, and oral health science. Member of ASBMR and BMAS and review editor for Frontiers in Endocrinology. Current research focuses on identifying mechanisms underlying neural regulation of marrow adipose tissue biology and defining the relationship between neuropathy and skeletal disease. Further details can be found here .

    Christophe Chauveaux


      Andre van Wijnen

      United Stated of America

        Julien Paccou


        Deputy Director of the Lab Pathophysiology of Inflammatory Bone diseases, with expertise in the study of bone marrow adipocytes in mouse models of chronic energy deficit, and bone marrow stem cell (BMSC) differentiation. Member of the executive board of the French Society for Biology of Mineralized Tissues, and member of the Scientific Board of BMAS. Current research focuses on the regulation of BMA and BMSC differentiation in several mouse models displaying bone loss.