Osteoporosis Conference 2016 Research Awards


Bursaries 2016

Bursaries of up to £500 are available to contribute towards the costs of attending the National Osteoporosis Society Osteoporosis Conference 2016. The bursary is intended to contribute to registration fees, standard travel costs and accommodation.

Applications are invited from scientists and clinical researchers who fulfil the following

Eligibility Criteria

How to Apply

To apply for a Bursary Award, a completed application form must be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically to

Deadline for Application Submission is Friday 29th April at 5pm.

Application Form | Terms & Conditions

Young Scientist Prize 2016

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

The award consists: a £4,000 research grant to be used to further the research career of the recipient and could include, but is not limited to, IT equipment, funding a research project or attending 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 Osteoporosis Conference 2016. The winner will also be invited to write an article for our quarterly health professional journal publication Osteoporosis Review.

Applications are invited from young scientists and clinical researchers who fulfil the following

Eligibility Criteria

How To Apply

To apply for the Young Scientist Prize 2016, a completed application form and a copy of your CV, including a publications and funding list must be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically to

Deadline for Application Submission is Friday 8th April at 5pm.

Application Form | Terms & Conditions

Young Scientist Prize Winner 2014

Dr Fjola Johannesdottir, University of Cambridge

Dr Fjola JohannesdottirDr. 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.

“With the great support of the National 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 the opportunity to link two major themes of fracture prediction: the patient-based imaging with laboratory-based measures of bone mechanical properties. Furthermore, I was exposed 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”.


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Our Research Grants

Brief Description

Research scientists

The National Osteoporosis Society supports ground-breaking and pioneering research projects aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Over the past 20 years the National Osteoporosis Society has invested over £3million in over 130 projects. The types of grants awarded to researchers include:

> Project Grants: A large high-quality 2-4 year project designed to answer key questions related to osteoporosis.

> Innovative Awards: A small 12 month (maximum) pilot project to help generate data required for an application to a larger funding organisation/research council.

> Linda Edwards Memorial PhD Studentship: A 3-4year project enabling an outstanding science graduate to study for a PhD and embark on a research career in osteoporosis.

For additional information on our research grants programme please refer to our Research Strategy


AMRC Accreditation

The National Osteoporosis Society is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), awarded best practice in medical and health research in the 2015 peer review audit.  The AMRC ensures that charities that fund medical research do so effectively and within guideline parameters. Their objective is to be seen as a mark of quality in the sector and give charities credibility that will reassure potential funders that their money will be spent wisely.

Project Grants

Project Title: Osteoprotegerin antibodies in the pathogenesis and treatment of severe osteoporosis
Principal Investigator: Dr Philip Riches
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: In some people severe osteoporosis can develop due to the presence of antibodies which attack bone. This study aims to understand if the presence of these antibodies influences a person’s response to treatment and therefore help develop personalised patient treatment plans.

Project Title: The epidemiology of fragility fractures in the United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Professor Tjeerd van Staa
Institution: University of Southampton
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: This study aims to answer questions related to the prevalence and impact of all types of fragility fractures in the UK, an issue which has not been addressed for 15 years.

Project Title: The pathogenesis of distal forearm fractures in men: the Mr F Study
Principal Investigator: Miss Birgit Hanusch
Institution: James Cook University Hospital
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: Men who suffer a forearm fracture are twice as likely to further fracture compared to women. This study aims to identify the causes of these low trauma forearm fractures in men in order to prevent secondary fractures.

Project Title: Comparative safety of anti-fracture therapies in the community and in specific groups of patients in the UK: a cohort study
Principal Investigator: Dr Daniel Prieto-Alhambra
Institution: University of Oxford
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: This project is the first of its kind to generate UK specific evidence to inform patients, physicians and commissioners within the NHS of the potential risks and benefits of drugs used for the prevention of bone fractures.

Project Title: The additive effect of vitamin K supplementation and bisphosphonate on fracture risk in post-menopausal osteoporosis
Principal Investigator: Dr Geeta Hampson
Institution: Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: 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.

Project Title: Clinical evaluation of a free vitamin D assay for the study of vitamin D status in those with or at risk of osteoporosis
Principal Investigator: Professor Richard Eastell
Institution: University of Sheffield
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: It is believed that active vitamin D levels can be measured more reliably in saliva rather than blood. This project aims to develop a new saliva based vitamin D test to help more accurately identify people at risk of osteoporosis due to vitamin D deficiency.

We receive no government funding so all our research projects are only made possible thanks to the generous support of our members and donors.

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If you would like to find out more about any of our active research projects please contact

Dr. Caroline Sangan


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Innovative Awards

Project Title: Effects of postural taping on pain and function following osteoporotic vertebral fractures - a pilot study
Principal Investigator: Professor Shea Palmer
Institution: University of West England
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: Investigation into whether a new taping device for the back can help improve pain, function and quality of life for people affected by osteoporotic spinal fractures.

Project Title: Hip fracture risk model incorporating in situ bone activity and marrow adiposity
Principal Investigator: Dr Harish Datta
Institution: Newcastle University
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: Looking at whether information on bone and fat cell activity could provide an additional assessment tool that will help predicting the chances of breaking a bone.

Linda Edwards Memorial PhD Studentships

Project Title: Influence of combined vitamin D supplementation and resistance exercise training on musculoskeletal health in frail older men and women
Principal Investigator: Dr Carolyn Greig
Institution: University of Birmingham
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: Investigating whether in older people a combination of vitamin D and resistance exercise can improve muscle and bone health.

Project Title: 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
Institution: University of Bristol
Benefit to people with osteoporosis: 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.

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