Edward G. Rennels Distinguished Lecture Series
Tribute to Edward G. Rennels
In 1966, the University of Texas opened a new medical school in San Antonio, Texas. Edward G. Rennels was selected as the founding Chair of the nascent Department of Anatomy. Over the next 14 years, he recruited faculty who shared his vision to build a department committed to excellence in scholarly achievement, graduate education and teaching. In 1980, he resigned as Chair and in 1982, was named Professor Emeritus upon retiring from the University.
The Edward G. Rennels Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 2011 in honor of our Founding Chair, Edward G. Rennels.
Prior Distinguished Lecture Series
Dr. Lynda F. Bonewald
Lefkowitz Professor of Oral Biology
Director of the Bone Biology Research Program
Vice Chancellor for Translational and Clinical Research
University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry
Osteocytes -- Why we only look where the light is shining
Lynda received her Ph.D. in Immunology/Microbiology at the University of South Carolina in 1984, after which she remained on the campus for an additional two years to pursue her postdoctoral work. She subsequently moved to UTHSCSA as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Cellular and Structural Biology. She rose through the ranks to Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Cellular and Structural Biology, and Biochemistry. While at UTHSCSA, she affiliated and collaborated with Dr. Gregory Mundy's group. In 2001, Lynda relocated to the School of Dentistry at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) where she is the Lefkowitz Professor of Oral Biology, and Director of the Bone Biology Research Program, and of the Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues. Additionally, she serves as the Vice Chancellor for Translational and Clinical Research at UMKC. In 2012, Lynda was elected president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. She has had a long and distinguished career studying the biology of bone, bone repair and the interactions between bone and muscle. She has authored or co-authored 155 journal articles in very prestigious journals, contributed to and/or written 37 book chapters and holds 8 patents. Lynda has served on numerous NIH committees and study sections, and is currently a member of the NIH NIAMS Council. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research and Experimental Biology and Medicine. Her honors are many including the Distinguished Scientist Award in Mineralized Tissue from the AADR/IADR and the Remodeling Bone Award from the Sun Valley Workshop. She has trained many high school and college students, graduate and dental students, and postdoctoral and visiting fellows. Lynda has had continuous funding throughout her academic career and currently has grants from the Department of Defense and the NIH, including a program project grant entitled "Osteocyte Regulation of Bone/Muscle with Age".