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Moving towards a cure for osteoporosis with our Research Roadmap

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01 Dec 2020

We’ve launched our new Research Roadmap today, which maps a course towards a cure for osteoporosis by highlighting our priority areas for research.

The roadmap was launched today at Osteoporosis Online – our digital event for healthcare professionals – to many of the UK’s leading experts in osteoporosis and bone health. It is a key piece of work developed by our Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy, the first dedicated academy for osteoporosis, which was launched in February 2019 by our President HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Having already identified gaps in osteoporosis research and clinical care, the Academy developed the roadmap to define the strategically targeted research to fill these knowledge gaps and, eventually, reach a cure for osteoporosis.

The roadmap will be formally published in January 2021, and outlines how a future with osteoporosis can be reached through:

  • understanding the condition’s causes,
  • developing new technologies and enhancing therapeutic interventions to optimise bone health across the whole of life,
  • and ensuring that every person at high risk of breaking a bone is identified, assessed and treated appropriately.

Academy Chair Professor Juliet Compston said: “The work outlined in the Research Roadmap will advance our understanding of this terrible disease and ultimately provide a route to a cure for osteoporosis, bringing hope to future generations.”

Craig Jones, our Chief Executive, said: “This new Research Roadmap is a milestone in our work to facilitate more effective treatments and to move towards a cure. We’re determined not only to support the 3.5 million people living with osteoporosis in the present day, but also to lead a step change in research for future patients.”

Find out more about our Research Roadmap