The Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas presents monthly seminars given by internationally recognized scientists who have conducted extensive research in the field of skeletal biology.

Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held on the first Friday of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m., at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the AT&T Telehealth Center, room FC1.2002 of the Mendelsohn Faculty Center Building, 1400 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas.

If you wish to be included to the e-mail distribution list to receive reminders about upcoming lectures, please e-mail Mary Elliott (

2020-2021 PROGRAM

  • Friday, September 3rd, 2021

“The evolving cancer niche interaction during bone metastasis progression”

Xiang Zhang, PhD

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Baylor College of Medicine

  • Friday, June 4, 2021

 “Bone, blood and fat: an osteocyte centered view” 

Paola Divieti Pajevic, PhD

Associate Professor of Translational Dental Medicine

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine


  • Friday, May 7, 2021

The Challenges of Osteoporosis Treatment”

Robert A. Adler, MD

Chief Endocrinology and Metabolism

Central Virginia Veterans Affairs Health Care System

  • Friday, April 2, 2021 

 “Regulation of primary tumor growth by cells from the bone microenvironment” 

Roberta Faccio, PhD 

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Cell Biology and Physiology 

Washington University School of Medicine 

  •  Friday, March 5, 2021 

 “BMP2 Regulation of the Periosteal Skeletal Stem Cell Niche 

Vicki Rosen, PhD 

Professor & Chair of Developmental Biology 

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine 

  • Friday, February 5, 2021

“Osteocytes and the Bone Cancer Niche

Teresita Bellido, PhD

Professor & Chair

Physiology and Cell Biology

University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS)

  • Friday, December 4, 2020

Reprogrammed marrow adipocytes contribute to myeloma-induced bone disease

Jing Yang, PhD

Associate Professor

Houston Methodist Cancer Center

Houston Methodist Research Institute

  • Friday, November 6, 2020 – Zoom talk

“Large-scale Bone Repair in a Mouse Model”

Francesca Mariani, PhD

Associate Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Director for the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC

  • Friday, October 2, 2020 – Zoom talk

Muscle and Tendon Stem cells: Regeneration and Aging”

Chen-Ming Fan, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology

Johns Hopkins University

2019-2020 PROGRAM

  • Friday, September 6, 2019

“A Stem Cell Basis for Intramembranous Versus Endochondral Bone Formation”

Matthew B. Greenblatt, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY

  • Friday, November 1, 2019

“Skeletal/Mesenchymal Stem Cells: How Much Do We Know About Them?

Noriaki Ono, DDS, PhD

Assistant Professor, Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Ann Arbor, MI

  • Friday, December 6,   2019

“TGF-ß Signaling in Skeletal Development and Disease”

Rosa A. Serra, PhD

Professor, Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

  • Friday, January 3, 2020

“Shh signaling during intervertebral development and aging”

Chitra Dahia, PhD

Assistant Professor

Weill Cornell Medicine Grad School of Medical Sciences

HSS Research Institute

New York, NY  10021

  • Friday, February 7, 2020

Title: TBD

Elaine Yu, MD, MMSc

Assistant Professor

Harvard Medical School

Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Friday, March 6, 2020

Matricellular Protein Regulation of Bone Formation and Regeneration”

Kurt Hankenson, DVM, PhD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Michigan Medical School

Ann Arbor, MI

  •  Friday, April 3, 2020

The Contribution of Marrow Adipocytes to Myeloma Bone Disease”

Jing Yang, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma – Research

MD Anderson Cancer Center

2018-2019 PROGRAM

Nov. 2, 2018

Struan F.A. Grant, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Daniel B. Burke Endowed Chair for Diabetes Research

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Director, Center for Spatial & Functional Genomics, Division of Human Genetics & Endocrinology
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Dec. 7, 2018

Paul Trainor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Jan. 4, 2019

Ophir Klein, M.D., Ph.D.
Larry L. Hillbolm Distinguished Professor in Craniofacial
Professor, Orofacial Sciences & Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Medical Genetics
Director, Program in Craniofacial Biology
University of California, San Francisco, CA

Feb. 1, 2019

Nancy Perrier, M.D.
Professor, Surgical Oncology
Chief, Section of Surgical Endocrinology
Fellowship Program Director, Surgical Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

April 5, 2019

Matthew T. Drake, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and nutrition
Joint Appointment, Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN

May 3, 2019

Francis Y. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Wayne O. Southwick Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Professor of Pathology, Secondary Appointment
Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Musculoskeletal Oncology, Smilow Cancer Hospital Orthopaedic Research
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT