Our current research projects

We raise funds specifically to support research and, periodically, we make these funds available to researchers through our grants schemes.

Decisions about how we allocate grants are made by our Research Grants Assessment Panel, which considers all applications in line with the aims and priorities of our Research Strategy.

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Research projects we are currently funding

Project Grants

The purpose of each project grant is to support an established UK osteoporosis researcher to undertake a pioneering research project that is designed to answer a single question or a group of related questions.

The additive effect of vitamin K supplementation and bisphosphonate on fracture risk in post-menopausal osteoporosis

Principal Investigator: Dr Geeta Hampson, Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust

Vitamin K is thought to help bone formation and this study aims to see whether it can enhance existing treatments when they are used in combination.

Time is of the essence: Revealing the 'bone clock' in humans

Principal Investigator: Professor Susan Lanham-New, University of Surrey

This study aims to demonstrate, for the first time, the existence of a human ‘bone’ clock by assessing the amount of bone resorption and formation over a 24-hour day. Discovery of a ‘bone clock’ would spearhead the design of new drugs to tackle osteoporosis.

Standing up for bone health - is prolonged sitting a risk factor for osteoporosis?

Principal Investigator: Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi, University of Strathclyde

This study aims to inform and shape public health policy/guidelines to improve bone health, by investigating whether extended periods of sitting (sedentary behaviour) lead to increased bone loss and whether breaking up prolonged sedentary behaviour has the reverse (beneficial) effect.

Improving uptake of Fracture Prevention Treatments (iFRAP): Development, feasibility and acceptability of a computerised decision support tool

Principal Investigator: Dr Zoe Paskins, Keele University

With input from patients and healthcare professionals, this study will develop an ‘easy to use’ decision support tool. This tool aims to help healthcare professionals talk to their patients about medication decisions, and through improving patient understanding of the benefits and purpose of the medicine help to improve adherence.

Linda Edwards Memorial PhD Studentships

The purpose of each Linda Edwards Memorial PhD Studentship is to enable the best and brightest graduates to complete a PhD and therefore begin their research career in osteoporosis and bone research.

Influence of combined vitamin D supplementation and resistance exercise training on musculoskeletal health in frail older men and women

Principal Investigator: Dr Carolyn Greig, University of Birmingham

Investigating whether in older people a combination of vitamin D and resistance exercise can improve muscle and bone health.

The impact of geographic and socio-economic variation on the incidence of hip fracture, and upon death and recovery after hip fracture

Principal Investigator: Dr Celia Gregson, University of Bristol

The number of hip fractures and their outcomes varies across the UK due to healthcare inequalities. This study will identify the regions in the UK with the poorest outcomes and provide the evidence needed to improve local services and ensure high quality services for all hip fracture patients.

Early Career Grants

The purpose of each early career grant is to support a researcher in the early stages of their career through specific funding of a research project. The scheme aims to invest in the development of the next generation of outstanding osteoporosis researchers, therefore applicants will need to have demonstrated that they are on an upward trajectory with great potential, and are now ready to take the next step towards becoming an independent principal investigator.

Development and application of novel physical activity measurements in individuals with back pain and vertebral fractures

Principal Investigator: Dr Alex Ireland, Manchester Metropolitan University

This study aims to provide the first clear description of physical activity in women with back pain with and without spine fractures. In the future this will help to develop different ways to improve physical activity, symptoms and function in people with spine fractures.

Innovative Grants

The purpose of each innovative grant is to support a highly innovative pilot study at the cutting-edge, to provide the critical data required to apply for funding from larger funding organisations.

Role of collagen-mineral nanomechanics in skeletal fragility

Principal Investigator: Dr Richard Abel, Imperial College London

This study proposes to find out whether bone nanostructure is an important determinant of strength and fragility by comparing mechanics of osteoporotic and ‘healthy’ ageing bone. This understanding may help to develop new diagnostic tests for osteoporosis and novel treatments that work by restoring healthy bone elasticity.

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