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The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide Charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Our vision is a future without fragility fractures. The Research Grants Programme is one of the many ways in which the Charity works to advance this vision.
Our recent Research Strategy sets out the broad focus for the Charity’s research from 2011 to December 2014. It explores and builds upon the objectives set out in the Strategic Plan. We are currently evaluating the outcomes of our past research projects so as to inform the development of our Research Strategy going forward. Therefore this year the National Osteoporosis Society will not be running a Research Grants round. This is due to us revisiting our Strategy and also undertaking a piece of work to see how the Charity can sustain funding for research. We aim to have published a new Research Strategy in 2016.
However, in association with the Osteoporosis Conference 2016, the Charity is currently accepting applications for:
•Young Scientist Prize 2016
To find out more about these award schemes please click here.
The National Osteoporosis Society remains committed to ensuring the highest quality of research continues to be performed in the UK. Therefore if you are researcher whose work aligns with our vision and you would like to request support from the National Osteoporosis Society for public and patient involvement (PPI), research partnership and/or dissemination of results, please visit our Get Involved in Research section where you can download the necessary Research Support Request Form.
The Research Strategy 2011-2014 was supported by a separate research priorities document. It contains the priorities for the previous Charity Research Grant round, in addition to wider priorities for influencing other funders. Regular review of the research priorities ensures that the priorities the Charity is working to are relevant and current.
Through consultation with key audiences involved in osteoporosis and bone health the National Osteoporosis Society identified the following priority areas for research:
Burden of disease
•Understanding the burden and impact that fragility fractures are having on individuals and the community
Current/Novel treatment and patient care
•Optimal pain management
•Long-term effects of bisphosphonates (bone quality, adverse effects)
•Use of vitamin D in prevention and therapy of bone loss
•Optimal duration of treatment with bisphosphonates
Diagnosis and Risk Assessment
•Ensuring new and existing techniques are utilised effectively, and to their full potential to assist diagnosis and treatment.
•Use of FRAX and QFracture in primary care to identify people at risk of fracture, and in adults living in residential care
Mechanisms of disease
•Understanding the mechanisms of pain from fragility fractures (especially vertebral fractures)
•Understanding the pathogenesis of secondary causes of osteoporosis in order to improve diagnosis and target treatment.
Please note that this list is not prescriptive, but highlights areas where the Charity feels research should be encouraged.
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