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 and Research Roadmap.

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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.

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.

Principal Investigator: Professor Stuart Ralston, University of Edinburgh 

This study aims to provide new insights into risk factors and genetic factors associated with Pregnancy Associated Osteoporosis and will form the basis of improved diagnosis and new approaches to treatment. 

Principal Investigator: Professor Eugene McCloskey, University of Sheffield 

The study aims to address opportunities and barriers to easy assessment of fracture risk and explore ways to efficiently bring this to the attention of GPs.   

Principal Investigator: Dr Muhammad Kassim Javaid, University of Oxford 

This study aims to improve how well Fracture Liaison Services work by identifying key organisational factors and also focus on patients at very high risk to update patient pathways to better manage this group. 

Principal Investigator: Professor Emma Clark, University of Bristol 

The study aims to address an important gap in our understanding of the experiences of men with osteoporotic vertebral fractures to update existing clinical tools, thereby promoting equity and fairness in delivery of the best quality healthcare for people with osteoporosis. 

Principal Investigator: Dr Laurna Bullock and Dr Zoe Paskins, Keele University 

This study aims to create new resources for GPs and HCPs aimed at increasing patient understanding of a bone density (DXA) scan result to improve adherence to osteoporosis medication. 

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.

Principal Investigator: Dr Tatiane Vilaca, University of Sheffield 

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are known to affect the ageing skeleton. This study will investigate if AGEs can give us information about bone quality and long-term bone renewal, which will help to personalise osteoporosis treatments in the future. 

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.

Principal Investigator: Dr Victoria Stiles, University of Exeter 

This study will assess the validity and acceptability of using smartphones to monitor bone-specific activity in order to inform future App interventions to help prevent osteoporosis. 

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