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In memory of Professor Francis Ring


25 Jul 2019

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Professor Francis Ring.

Professor Ring was formerly Director of Clinical Measurement and Imaging at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath.

Known for his expertise in medical imaging, bone densitometry and infrared imaging, Professor Ring’s knowledge was key in the development of the charity’s now extensive healthcare professional development programme.

“Professor Ring has made a huge contribution to the work of the ROS, having been involved with the charity for more than 30 years,” says Jill Griffin, Chair of our Bone and Densitometry Training and Advisory Panel.

“As a founding member of our Bone Densitometry Training and Advisory Panel, he was particularly instrumental in the development of our bone densitometry training scheme.

“His invaluable expertise helped us to provide quality-assured training for DXA scan operators for the very first time and his legacy lives on to this day; some of his data is still presented in the bone densitometry lecture course, influencing each new cohort and ensuring quality in bone densitometry both nationally and internationally.

“We remember him as a kind man, whose capacity for sharing knowledge across every professional background was remarkable.

“He will be greatly missed by the osteoporosis community and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”