The Royal Osteoporosis Society (formerly the National Osteoporosis Society) has announced plans to set up an academy to bring together the best minds, leading researchers, clinicians and academics in the field to advance the scientific knowledge of osteoporosis and bone health and ultimately to find a cure for the condition.

The Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy was officially launched yesterday, alongside the charity’s new name, at a ceremony attended by the charity’s President Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall whose own mother and grandmother suffered with the disease.

Emeritus Professor of Bone Medicine at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Juliet Compston, Chair of the new Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy says: “There is currently no cure for osteoporosis and we believe that must change.

“The Academy has been set up to advance our understanding of the causes of osteoporosis, explore and develop new innovative technologies as well as understand the effectiveness of new diagnostic tools, treatments and interventions.

“And next year the Royal Osteoporosis Society will be the first bone charity in the world to build an osteoporosis research roadmap charting the route to a cure and giving hope to future generations.”

The charity’s new Academy will co-ordinate a variety of complex work programmes, brokering new partnerships internationally, as well influencing future funding.  The osteoporosis research roadmap is planned to highlight the research needed to deepen the understanding of osteoporosis and explore new routes that could lead to a cure.

The Royal Osteoporosis Society recently stated its vision of a future without osteoporosis and now firmly has finding a cure as one of its strategic aims, as well as a mission to raise awareness of bone health more widely.

Professor Juliet Compston continues: “As we discover and explore further we want to understand how genomics and other new sciences improve our knowledge of the biological causes of osteoporosis and how to prevent it. We want to learn more about how regenerative medicine, prevention medicine, big data and engineering can help find a cure.  And importantly how the osteoporosis and bone health community collaborate to strengthen the drug development pipeline.”

She commented that the charity doesn’t use the word cure lightly. “We’re investing our experience, resources and reputation into finding a cure and ending osteoporosis. It’s an audacious ambition but we know we’re equal to the task.”

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