An emerging field
The first meeting on bone marrow adiposity was held in Lille, France in 2015, with the second meeting in August 2016 held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Both meetings were a success in that they for the first time brought together scientists and physicians from different backgrounds (bone metabolism, cancer, obesity and diabetes) to share ideas and advance research into, and our understanding of, the patho/physiological role of adipocytes in the bone marrow.
Another new society? There are already so many…
Since 2015, several international societies specialized in various fields (bone, endocrinology, blood, imaging …) have organized sessions dedicated to BMA. Indeed, modifications of BMA are involved in various diseases (cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, anorexia nervosa, blood diseases, and others) and in other diverse circumstances (such as aging or caloric restriction).
Based on this broad relevance, there is a need for a holistic view on BMA that takes into account the various interactions within the bone marrow ecosystem. BMAS seeks to advance knowledge of BMA by facilitating interdisciplinary exchanges, developing research strategies and promoting the emergence new concepts, with the hope of improving understanding and treatment of the numerous diseases in which altered BMA is a common feature.