Special Edition February 26, 2010

Vanderbilt mourns Dr. Gregory R. Mundy, Director of the Center in Bone Biology

A message from the Vice Chancellor


Dear Colleagues,

I am saddened to report that after a prolonged illness, Dr. Gregory R. Mundy, director of the Vanderbilt Center in Bone Biology, the John A. Oates Chair in Translational Medicine and professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Orthopaedics and Cancer Biology, died yesterday.

During his relatively short tenure at Vanderbilt, he made extraordinary contributions in discovery and education, while also becoming a beloved colleague.

Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 2006, Dr. Mundy was professor of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. He was also assistant dean for Clinical Research and principal investigator of the Frederic C. Bartter Clinical Research Unit, as well as interim director of the San Antonio Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mundy trained more than 150 post-doctoral fellows in bone and mineral metabolism, many of whom have gone on to successful and prominent careers in academia and industry. His research interests included drug discovery in osteoporosis, the effects of tumors on the skeleton, and osteoclast and osteoblast biology. His publications number more than 540 original articles, reviews and book chapters, and he is an inventor on 34 issued patents. He has edited two books and has published two separate monographs on calcium homeostasis and bone remodeling and its disorders.

Dr. Mundy founded two biotechnology companies for drug discovery for bone diseases, and two in other areas. He was president of the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research and chair of the Research Grants Committee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. He served on the board of directors of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the International Myeloma Foundation and the International Bone & Mineral Society, of which he was president from 2003-05. He was one of the three founders of the Cancer and Bone Society and was a member of the advisory council of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculo-Skeletal Disorders from 1997 to 2001.

Dr. Mundy was awarded the Fuller Albright Award of the American Society of Bone & Mineral Research in 1982 and an NIH Merit Award in 1986. He received the William F. Neuman Award of the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research in 1999 and the 1999 University of Texas Presidential Distinguished Scholars Award.

He was a member of both the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of NIH Research, Journal of Bone & Mineral Research, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Bone, and Calcified Tissue International, as well as the IBMS virtual journal, BoneKEy.

Dr. Mundy, a native of Australia, traced his interest in bone biology to his days as a medical resident at the University of Tasmania, where he cared for many patients with myeloma.

Dr. Mundy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Helen, his children, Gavin, Ben and Jennifer, and his sister, Jan Tarrant. He will be fondly remembered by his many new friends at Vanderbilt and a lifetime's worth of colleagues around the globe.


Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine