Young Scientist Prize

A £4,500 award recognising the outstanding work of a young investigator pursuing research into osteoporosis and/or fragility fractures.

The award consists of two elements:

  • a £4,000 research grant to be used to further the research career of the recipient, for example to purchase IT equipment, to fund a research project or to attend conferences, and
  • a £500 recognition gift.

The winner will be invited to receive the Prize and give a 15 minute presentation on their work and how they intend to utilise the Prize at the charity's Osteoporosis Conference. The winner will also be invited to write an article for our quarterly health professional journal publication, Osteoporosis Review.

How to apply

Applications for the Young Scientist Prize are currently closed.

Past winners

2018 - Andrea Darling, University of Surrey

Dr Andrea L. Darling is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Surrey. She completed her PhD at the University on the topic of Bone Health and Vitamin D status in South Asian women.    She has undertaken postdoctoral research at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London and is currently back at the University of Surrey working on a range of nutrition and bone health projects including the UK Biobank.  

 Andrea has received three Young Investigator Awards for her nutrition and bone health research and has published 13 peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters.  Her research on vitamin D status in South Asian women was used to inform the revised Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition recommendations for Vitamin D intake in the UK (published by Public Health England 2016). Her work also formed part of the successful 2017/2018 Queen’s Anniversary Prize application submitted by the University of Surrey on the topic of Food & Nutrition for Health.

With this Royal Osteoporosis Society award, Andrea will use data from the Royal College of General Practitioner Research and Surveillance Centre database to undertake a novel and exciting project assessing bone health in the UK South Asian population. She will assess risk factors for osteoporosis, falls and fractures in South Asian children and adults, as well as assessing the following in South Asian adults: the education they are offered from their General Practitioners for falls prevention; the treatments they are offered for osteoporosis and their compliance with osteoporosis medications.

I am incredibly honoured to have won this prestigious prize and I am immensely thankful to the Royal Osteoporosis Society for this research opportunity

2016 - Lauren Robinson, University College London

Lauren Robinson is currently a PhD student in the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL) working on a project investigating the association between Eating Disorders and poor bone health, and specifically the onset of secondary osteoporosis and the occurrence of bone fractures.

She has worked with research groups in both the USA and the UK, with collaborations including Harvard Medical School and University of Bristol, and has spent a year working as a visiting researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, USA.

Lauren’s work involves investigating the longitudinal association between Eating Disorders and bone health, and specifically how an Eating Disorder or Eating Disorder behaviours during adolescence and early adulthood can impact bone health in later adulthood and around the time of menopause in adult women.

Work on this project so far has identified that not only women with Anorexia Nervosa, but also women with Bulimia Nervosa have significantly lower Bone Mineral Density than healthy women, indicating an increased risk of bone fractures. Furthermore, Lauren’s research has also shown that both Eating Disorder diagnosis and Eating Disorder behaviours at any time throughout life can lead to significantly lower Bone Mineral Density than healthy women around the time of menopause, even if these women have recovered from their Eating Disorder.

Young Scientist Prize winner 2016

It was great to feel like all the hard work had been recognised and I feel very proud of what I’ve achieved. I am very excited to have the opportunity to conduct this extra research study as part of my PhD.

2014 - Dr. Fjóla Jóhannesdóttir, University of Cambridge

Dr. Fjóla Jóhannesdóttir is currently a research associate in the department of medicine at the University of Cambridge. She has a strong track record of research into osteoporosis and hip fractures, focusing on the determinants of bone strength as well as the mechanics of age-related bone fragility.

Her goals are to improve the understanding of bone fragility through non-invasive imaging techniques that predict fracture risk.

She is currently investigating the contribution of cortical and trabecular bone structure to proximal femoral strength in collaboration with Mary L. Bouxsein (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA). She is a part of a comprehensive research consortium that aims to improve the management of patients with Gaucher disease - a genetic disorder with very variable manifestations but which causes disabling disease especially in the bones of the skeleton.

Young Scientist Prize winner 2014

With the great support of the Royal Osteoporosis Society along with support from the Bone Research Society I got the unique opportunity to be a visiting research fellow in Mary L. Bouxsein lab (BIDMC & Harvard Medical School, Boston). This experience gave me exposure to a variety of experimental techniques used to assess bone strength and widened my professional network which I believe will lead to collaboration in the future.