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IOF-Novartis Young Scholars Awards Program

The IOF-Novartis Young Scholars Awards are offered to young scientists under 40 who submit abstracts of their work to the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis. Seven awards were presented for the first time at the IOF World Congress in Toronto, Canada, 2-6 June 2006. The winners were selected by the judging panel from among 150 applicants, based on the excellence and quality of their work. These awards consist of a travel, accommodation and registration grant for the IOF World Congress, as well as a certificate of recognition. In addition the scholars are invited to present their work to a panel of IOF and Novartis scientific experts for the purpose of receiving high-level feedback about their research, and advice for future research directions, with the opportunity being given for informal follow-up discussions with the experts.

Winners of the 2006 IOF-Novartis Young Scholars Awards:

At the 2006 IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto the IOF-Novartis Young Scholars Awards were presented to:

  • Stephanie Boutroy, Lyon, France for her work on age-related changes of bone geometry and architecture assessed by high-resolution peripheral QCT in premenopausal women
  • Nicholas Harvey, Southampton, UK for his work on maternal vitamin D status and intrauterine bone mineral accrual in the offspring
  • Anna Holmberg, Malmö, Sweden for her work looking at the risk factors for fragility fractures in middle age
  • Yi-Hsiang Hsu, Boston, USA for his work on a large-scale genome-wide linkage analysis for loci linked to bone mineral density
  • Hong-Yo Kang, Kaohsiung, Taiwan for his work on how androgen receptor coordinates both osteoblastic differentiation and mineralization
  • Oskar Ström, Stockholm, Sweden for his work on who and when we should treat for osteoporosis, in accordance with health economic evaluations
  • Laszlo Tankó, Ballerup, Denmark who looked at whether radiographic measure of aorta calcification has parallel implications for future risk of cardiovascular events and hip facture in postmenopausal women

A press release issued for the event can be found here.


IOF thanks Novartis for the unrestricted educational grant which supports this Awards program.

Back Row, left to right: Lazlo Tanko (Young Scholar Awardee), Dr. Erik Fink Eriksen (Novartis) Mr. Stephan Korte (Novartis), Nicholas Harvey (Young Scholar Awardee), Prof. Steve Cummings (IOF Board member).

Front Row, left to right: Yi-Hsiang Hsu (Young Scholar Awardee), Stephanie Boutroy (Young Scholar Awardee), Anna Holmberg (Young Scholar Awardee), Hong-Yo Kang (Young Scholar Awardee) and Oskar Ström (Young Scholar Awardee).

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