Sr Debbie StoneSr Debbie Stone, Specialist Nurse in Osteoporosis, Ceredigion Integrated Osteoporosis Service, Bronglais General Hospital, Aberystwyth, UK

Debbie Stone is a Specialist Osteoporosis Nurse working in rural Mid Wales. She is responsible for leading and developing practice to improve disease recognition, by providing specific expertise in the management of osteoporosis up to strategic level. The National Osteoporosis Society has used the Ceredigion Integrated Osteoporosis Service as an example of best practice. Debbie has represented Hywel Dda University Health Board at a national level including positions as: steering committee member of the Royal College of Physicians' National Falls and Bone Health audit, Secretary to the All Wales Osteoporosis Advisory Group, member of the National Conference Organising Committee and member of the UK Fracture Liaison Implementation Group of the National Osteoporosis Society. She was awarded the MBE in 2012 for her contribution to the management of those affected by osteoporosis.

Dr Jennifer WalshDr Jennifer Walsh, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Jennifer Walsh is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism, University of Sheffield. She qualified in medicine in 1997, trained in Endocrinology and completed her PhD on determinants of peak bone mass and bone size in 2008. Her current research includes the interactions of fat and bone, skeletal microarchitecture in development and aging, and testosterone replacement in male cancer survivors. Her clinical interests are in young adult endocrinology and bone disease, and late effects of cancer.

Dr Nicola PeelDr Nicola Peel, Consultant and Clinical Lead, Metabolic Bone Centre, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK

Since 2000, Nicola Peel has worked as a full-time NHS Consultant in Metabolic Bone Medicine. During this time she has maintained a research involvement and has jointly supervised three clinicians undertaking PhDs. As Clinical Lead, Nicola ensures that the clinical service at Northern General Hospital integrates closely with the Academic Unit thus enabling early implementation of innovative techniques into clinical practice. This has included the use of biochemical markers of bone turnover to monitor osteoporosis therapy and the introduction of vertebral fracture assessment scanning into the fracture risk assessment pathway.

Dr Neil GittoesDr Neil Gittoes, Consultant & Honorary Professor of Endocrinology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK

Neil Gittoes is a Consultant Endocrinologist and Associate Medical Director for Clinical partnerships at UHB and has an active research portfolio and national responsibilities. His specialist interests include osteoporosis, calcium metabolism and metabolic bone diseases, plus thyroid and pituitary diseases. 

Dr Nick HarveyDr Nick Harvey, Associate Professor in Rheumatoloy and Clinical Epidemiology, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Nick Harvey trained at Oxford and Cambridge medical schools. He then joined the Wessex Rheumatology Specialist Training programme. His post-doctoral work, as a National Institute for Health Research(NIHR) Clinical Lecturer, investigated the relationships between early growth (assessed by high-resolution ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and anthropometric measurements post-natally) and offspring bone mass in childhood, together with examination of the role of post-natal factors such as childhood physical activity.

Jill GriffinJill Griffin, Consultant Practitioner, Healthy Bones Service, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK

Jill Griffin qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 1993. She worked at Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust from October of that year, specialised in DXA in 1996, and undertook the Foundation Course offered by the National Osteoporosis Society in 1997. She became Lead for the DXA service in Taunton in 2000. She moved to Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2009, and took up the Lead DXA role in 2010 and then clinical leadership and promotion to Consultant Practitioner in 2011 as well as being appointed as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter for work with the DXA lab there. She also became a portfolio examiner for the National Osteoporosis Society's Bone Densitometry Course in that year. She became a panel member of the Bone Densitometry Training and Advisory Panel (BDTAP) and lecturer in 2012; and after a short spell as Vice Chair of the panel, took over as Chair in 2013.

Professor Cyrus CooperProfessor Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Cyrus Cooper is Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit; Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton; and Professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford. He has published extensively (over 650 research papers) on osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders and pioneered clinical studies on the developmental origins of peak bone mass.

Professor Dawn Skelton Professor Dawn Skelton, School of Health and Social Care, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK

Dawn Skelton is Professor of Aging and Health at the School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is a commissioned author for the World Health Organisation's Health Evidence Network and the UK's Department of Health. She is also the Scientific Advisor for the Society for Physical Activity, the International Society for the Prevention of Osteoporosis, Falls and Fractures, and the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity; and was Scientific Co-ordinator of the EC-funded ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe) project at the University of Manchester.

She also runs training courses to move research into practice with allied healthcare professionals and fitness instructors. Her recent research (MRC and NIHR) focuses on the effects of visualisations of biomechanics on adherence to exercise in older people with a history of falls; group versus home exercise referred through the GP on habitual physical activity; effects of the Otago home exercise programme in visually impaired older people; and the effects of outdoor environment on avoidance of falls in older people. She was co-host of the 8th World Congress on Active Aging, in 2012 in Glasgow, which attracted 310 older people as well as 900 national and international delegates. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and professional journals and is an experienced keynote speaker internationally and nationally.

Professor Eugene McCloskey Professor Eugene McCloskey, Professor in Adult Bone Diseases, Honorary Consultant, Metabolic Bone Centre, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Eugene McCloskey is currently Professor in Adult Bone Diseases at the University of Sheffield having worked in the field of calcium and bone disorders since 1986. He has contributed to the development of the FRAX tool for estimating fracture risk and the National Osteoporosis Guidance Group (NOGG). He is President of the Bone Research Society, a Board member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the Sheffield Director of the Centre for Integrated Research in Musculoskeletal Aging (CIMA), Chair of the NOGG Implementation Committee and a member of the National Specialty Group for Musculoskeletal Diseases. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and reviews.

Dr Kassim Javaid Dr Kassim Javaid, Honorary Consultant in Metabolic Bone Disease, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Kassim Javaid is Senior Research Fellow in Metabolic Bone Disease/Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at the University of Oxford. He is further extending his research into the role of vitamin D status in musculoskeletal disease, improving outcomes after fragility fracture as well as continuing work looking into the bone phenotypes in osteoarthritis. Balancing clinical and teaching aspects, his direction of research is evermore linking the basic science with the key clinical issues in osteoarthritus and osteoporosis.

Dr Sally Hope Dr Sally Hope, Clinical Assistant in Osteoporosis, Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford, UK 

Sally Hope has been a GP Principal in Oxfordshire since 1986 and is a Clinical Assistant in Osteoporosis at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford. In 1990, Sally founded the Primary Care Group in Gynaecology. She has contributed chapters to books including Women's Health, the Handbook of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, and Specialist Training in Gynaecology. She was a co-author of a book entitled Managing the Menopause. Sally has been a member of the Council of the British Menopause Society (1997-2000) and more recently has represented the Royal College of General Practitioners on the NICE Hip Fracture Guidelines Group. She is currently a member of the Women's Health Advisory Committee (MHRA).

Dr Stephen Gallacher Dr Stephen Gallacher, Consultant Physician, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK

Stephen Gallacher has been a Consultant Physician with an interest in diabetes and endocrinology at the Southern General Hospital since 1995. Dr Gallacher has a subspecialty interest in osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases and is Chair of the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board Osteoporosis Strategy Group. Dr Gallacher has published over 60 papers on metabolic bone disease and diabetes. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences on various aspects of diabetes and osteoporosis, and is a specialist advisor to the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).

Helen Stevens Helen Stevens, Physiotherapist, Advanced Physiotherapy Service, Oxford, UK

Helen Stevens is a Senior Physiotherapist based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford and has specialised in osteoporosis and rheumatology for 18 years. She currently combines treating individual patients with running exercise and education groups for patients with osteoporosis. Helen is a strong believer in promoting healthy lifestyle and fracture prevention through exercise and education. She is also involved with the Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture (PROVE) study looking at physiotherapy interventions for patients with vertebral fractures.

ElliottMary Elliott, Fracture Liason Service Nurse in primary care, Bridge Medical Centre, Crawley, UK

Formally an Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention Specialist Nurse, for the past 5 years Mary has worked as a Fracture Liason Service Nurse Specialist delivering clinics on 15 GP sites across Crawley CCG.

Mary is an Independent Prescriber and Visiting Lecturer at Brighton University on the Physical Assessment and the Non-Medical Prescribing course. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the West Sussex Fracture Prevention Forum and has developed e-learning modules for general practice and nursing websites. In 2001 she was awarded National Osteoporosis Society Osteoporosis Practice Nurse of the Year. In 2013, the Crawley Fracture Liaison Project was shortlisted in the Health Services Journal 'Efficiency in Community Service Redesign' category and won an award in the British Society for Rheumatology Best Practice Service Awards.

Mayrine FraserMayrine Fraser, Lead Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, UK  

Mayrine Fraser qualified in 1989 as an RGN and later undertook a BSc degree part time whilst working within the Orthopaedic Unit. She worked as the Lead Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist for over 15 years in the Western Infirmary, Glasgow and helped develop the first Fracture Liaison Service in the UK. The service offers assessment for treatment for the secondary prevention of fractures to all patients aged over 50 who present with a new fracture. Mayrine has had several papers published relating to Glasgow's Fracture Liaison Service and has given talks worldwide on the subject.

Professor Susan Lanham-NewProfessor Susan Lanham-New, Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Surrey, Surrey, UK

Susan Lanham-New is Professor of Human Nutrition and Head of the Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Surrey. She has been an academic member of staff within the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey since 1996, having previous worked and studied at the University of Aberdeen and the Rowett Research Institute in Scotland. Her research focuses on nutrition and bone health, and she has won a number of awards including the Nutrition Society Medal for her work on the role of the skeleton in acid-base homeostasis. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and Editor-in-Chief of the Nutrition Society Textbook series. She is also Editor of the academic textbook Nutritional Aspects of Bone Health.

She is on the Editorial Board of Osteoporosis International and Osteoporosis Review. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed original papers, book chapters and reviews and raised more than £5.5M in research grants. She is a member of the Nutrition Forum for the National Osteoporosis Society and the Scientific Advisory Group of British Nutrition Foundation and the BNF Taskforce on Aging, and was Honorary Communications Officer of the UK Nutrition Society from 2000-2006. She has recently been awarded Fellowship status of the Society of Biology.

Richard KeenDr Richard Keen, Consultant Rheumatologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London, London, UK

Richard Keen is a Consultant Rheumatologist working at the Princess Grace Hospital, London. He has NHS appointments at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, and at University College London Hospitals. He also holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer appointment at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London.

Dr Keen graduated from St Mary's Hospital, London, UK in 1988. After general medical posts in London and Sheffield he started professional training in rheumatology, and during this time developed his specialist interest in osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. He is interested in evaluating treatments for athletes with bone-related problems, and is working with UK Sport and several professional rugby and football clubs in this disease area. He is a member of the National Osteoporosis Society's National Scientific Committee and is on the Programme Committee for the Annual NOS Meeting. He is a Trustee for the charity the National Association for the Relief of Paget's Disease. He has also acted as an Associate Editor for the recent edition of the Primer on the Metabolic Bone Disease and Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, published by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Professor David MarshProfessor David Marsh, Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedics, University College London, London, UK

David Marsh is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, University College London and Past President of the Fragility Fracture Network. After studying medical sciences at Cambridge University he was awarded his MB BCh in 1975 and FRCS(Eng) in 1980. In 1990, he was awarded his research higher degree (MD) from the University of Cambridge. As Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the University of Manchester, he established his clinical sub specialty of limb reconstruction.

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