Dr Vicky Stiles | University of Exeter; Dr Karen Knapp; Dr Samantha van Beurden
Competition Sponsor: United Kingdom Research and Innovation
Awardee Year: 2023
Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning disease that affects 50% of women and 20% of men over the age of 50 and increases their chances of experiencing painful, life-changing fractures particularly of the spine and hip. The high costs associated with osteoporosis are also expected to double in the next 50 years. Helping the population build stronger bones to help preserve bone health and prevent or delay the progression of osteoporosis will significantly help reduce the burden and cost of this disease on society. Helping people at a stage of life most at risk of osteoporosis preserve their bone strength, is key for helping individuals stay fracture-free for as long as possible.
This project aims to assess the potential to transform our findings regarding the benefits of bone-specific activity into a long-term population level intervention to help preserve bone health in mature adults and those living with osteoporosis.