Ernesto Canalis, M.D., Director of Research at Saint Francis, Earns National Medical Association Award

Dr. Ernesto Canalis Receives National Award(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Ernesto Canalis, M.D., Director of Research at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, has been selected by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) to receive the 2012 Lawrence G. Raisz Award for contributions to research in bone metabolism.  

The Lawrence G. Raisz Award recognizes an ASBMR member for outstanding achievements in preclinical and translational research. It is one of the major awards of the Society and will be presented at the annual meeting this October in Minnesota.       

Dr. Canalis, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, has dedicated his career to studies pertinent to skeletal biology. His laboratory, located at Saint Francis, has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1981. The laboratory discovered the existence of skeletal growth factors and Dr. Canalis’ interests center around growth factors and their antagonists, anabolic agents, and determinants of cell fate. Along these interests, the laboratory investigates the effect of Notch and its target genes in skeletal cells. Dr Canalis has served as past president of the ASBMR, and is member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.  

About Saint Francis 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research.  Its services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit 

About ASBMR 

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is a professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism. 

The ASBMR membership comprises basic research scientists, and clinical investigators in bone and mineral metabolism and related fields along with physicians and other healthcare practitioners. Current worldwide membership numbers approximately 4,000 with interests in biomechanics, cell biology, molecular biology, dentistry, developmental biology, endocrinology, epidemiology, internal medicine, metabolism, molecular genetics, nephrology, obstetrics-gynecology, orthopaedics, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, rheumatology and other research/clinical areas.