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We’re ready to start key research next year - but we need your help to do it

Despite the challenges we’ve faced as a charity due to COVID-19, we're pleased to say that the work of the Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy has continued to move on at pace. We will soon be publishing a Research Roadmap that will prioritise those areas of research that the Academy believes hold out the best hope of finding a cure for osteoporosis.

The purpose of our Research Roadmap is to look for answers in places we’ve never looked before; this is where a cure may be found. Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy working groups have been identifying research priorities across three broad areas:

• Causes of osteoporosis and the role our genetics and cells play. 

• Technologies that we can use to prevent broken bones 

• Improving effectiveness of diagnosis and treatments for people at risk of osteoporosis

Using this three-pronged approach, we hope to find the answers we’re all looking for – ones that help to relieve people’s pain and suffering now and also stop osteoporosis in its tracks for future generations.

As we search for a cure for osteoporosis we hope to make new discoveries that will help to improve the nation’s bone health and prevent people from ever having to suffer broken bones due to osteoporosis in the future. We also want to improve quality of life for people who already have the condition.

- Francesca Thompson, Clinical and Operations Director

To support vital research into a cure for osteoporosis and help kickstart key projects next year, please donate today.

We urgently need your support. Your donation will help to give scientists the time and resources they need to make further, important breakthroughs.

We believe there is a cure for osteoporosis. Together, let’s begin the vital work that can help us find it.

Juliet Compston, Professor Emeritus of Bone Medicine, Cambridge Biomedical Campus and Chair of the Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy.

Juliet Compston, Professor Emeritus of Bone Medicine, Cambridge Biomedical Campus and Chair of the Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy.

"These are exciting times. We now have our Research Roadmap and can begin unlocking new discoveries by conducting key research in the areas we have identified."

At the Royal Osteoporosis Society, the needs of people with osteoporosis are at the heart of everything we do.

Therefore, Patient Advocates, like Mary Bishop and Nic Vine, have been working with our scientific committees to make sure that any research we undertake will be both relevant and effective for people with the condition. You can read Mary and Nic’s comments about their role as Patient Advocates below.

“ Finding a cure is the big goal, but we can break it down into smaller, quicker wins along the way.”

Osteoporosis is not fully understood, yet it is a very common and debilitating condition. I am grateful to the scientists and health professionals who are devoting their time and energy to finding answers and who have been so respectful of patients’ views.

There is still so much to learn about osteoporosis in order to improve prevention and management, and eventually to be able to reverse the effects. Research, guided and facilitated by the Royal Osteoporosis Society, is the way to achieve this, if not for ourselves then for the next generation.

 

Nic Vine, Patient Advocate

Nic Vine, Patient Advocate

Mary Bishop, Patient Advocate

Mary Bishop, Patient Advocate

“ My involvement with the Academy has shown me how the outcomes from research can have a huge impact on patients’ lives.”

I have benefited from treatment and advice that is the result of past research. Therefore I have welcomed the opportunity to get involved in advancing our scientific knowledge for the future benefit of people with osteoporosis.

Working on this collaborative venture with leading researchers, clinicians and academics has inspired me to believe that so much more can be done to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment. I’m excited to think new research will begin next year.

To support vital research into a cure for osteoporosis and help kickstart key projects next year, please donate today.

We urgently need your support. Your donation will help to give scientists the time and resources they need to make further, important breakthroughs.

We believe there is a cure for osteoporosis. Together, let’s begin the vital work that can help us find it.