Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy

Leading the way in osteoporosis research

The launch of the Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy is a breakthrough moment that changes the lives of millions.

The Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy is the first dedicated academy for osteoporosis. A collaborative venture with patients at its heart, it will work with the leading researchers, clinicians and academics in the field to advance scientific knowledge and work towards a cure for osteoporosis. 

The Academy strengthens the charity’s involvement in research and has four overarching aims:

  1. Co-ordinate complex work programmes to identify research needed to end osteoporosis
  2. Broker new partnerships and collaborations
  3. Engage, nurture and back the best and brightest minds to unlock new discoveries
  4. Influence future funding for research

The Academy consists of an Academy Advisory Committee, who with the Chair, Vice-Chair and Academy Director will oversee the outputs of the following three Academy Working Groups.


Understanding the causes and mechanisms of osteoporosis.


Exploring and developing new and innovative technologies.


Understanding the effectiveness of current and potential new diagnostic tools, treatments and interventions.

Public and Patient Involvement

So the needs of people with osteoporosis are at the heart of all the research we do, patients and their representatives form part of all our Academy Committees and Working Groups.

The patient advocate members of the Academy Working Groups champion the work of the Academy. They use their knowledge and experience to provide a unique and valuable perspective, which helps shape the development of the Academy’s research.

Academy Director

Fizz Thompson

Fizz Thompson

As Director of the Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy, Fizz is responsible for the development of the Academy and the Cure work programme.

Until late 2018 Fizz was Clinical Director at the Royal Osteoporosis Society (then the National Osteoporosis Society), with responsibility for the delivery of all the charity’s clinical services.

Fizz trained as a nurse and previously worked for the NHS for over 30 years, in operational nursing, managerial roles and for 10 years as an Executive Director, focusing on Patient Care, Quality, Governance and Patient Safety.

Fizz also has a Masters in Research and has worked in an academic health sector environment.

This diverse range of experience gives Fizz a deep appreciation and passion to improve healthcare, and ensure that the very best care, support and information is available to help people live the lives they want.

Academy Advisory Committee Members

  • Chair: Professor Juliet Compston

  • Vice Chair: Professor Nick Harvey

  • Professor Stuart Ralston (Causes Working Group Chair)

  • Dr Kenneth Poole (Technology Working Group Chair)

  • Professor Eugene McCloskey (Effectiveness Working Group Chair)

  • Professor Jon Tobias (Research Grants Committee Chair)

  • Professor David Reid

  • Professor Neil Gittoes

  • Professor Cyrus Cooper

  • Professor Graham Russell

  • Peter Lees

  • Mary Bishop (Patient Advocate)

  • Nic Vine (Patient Advocate)