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IOF-Servier Young Investigator Research Award

The IOF-Servier Young Investigator Research Award aims specifically at encouraging young scientists to carry out high quality research. The Award is generously supported by the Servier Research group in partnership with IOF, and awards Euro 40,000 towards original research of significant value and international relevance in the field of osteoporosis. Consistent with IOF's objectives, the project must contribute to ensuring that osteoporosis sufferers receive the best care possible.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be 40 years of age or under (at the date of submission).
  • Staff of pharmaceutical companies are not eligible for the Award
  • The research project shall not be related to a pharmaceutical product
  • There shall be no conflict of interest between Servier and the Award winner
  • Applicants will be required to fully disclose any significant financial interest relating to the projects proposed for the Award

Applications for the 2005 IOF- Servier Young Investigator Research Award are now being accepted.

Deadline is December 1, 2005.
Download application form: Word (43 KB) or PDF (89 KB)

The results of the research conducted with the aid of this Award may be published in an international journal subject to IOF being informed in advance and should acknowledge the support of Servier and the IOF. The Award winner is expected to provide a report at the end of the period for which the funding is authorised.

Winner of 2004 Award

The winner of the 2004 IOF-Servier Young Investigator Research Award, presented at the 2004 IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Rio de Janeiro, is Professor Hong-Wen Deng. Prof. Hong-Wen Deng, who holds a tenured position at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, and also a secondary appointment at HuNan Normal University, China, won the awardAward for his proposal to study comparative genetics of osteoporosis in Caucasians and Asians (Chinese).

Professor Hong-Wen Deng Dr. Hong-Weng Deng receives award medal from Dr. Christophe Charpentier, Director, Medical Information Division, Servier.

Winner of 2002 Award

Dr. Yunbo Duan was awarded the 2002 award for his project, "Are racial differences in periosteal apposition during aging responsible for the racial differences in bone fragility: Studies in Asians and Caucasians".

Dr. Yunbo Duan

Dr. Yunbo Duan
It focuses on the structural and biomechanical basis responsible for the racial differences in fracture rates between Asians and Caucasians. Duan's hypothesis is that racial differences in periosteal expansion during aging may contribute, in part, to the racial differences in bone fragility at the spine and hip. A cross-sectional study will be conducted in 500 healthy Chinese men and 500 Chinese women age ranged 18 to 85 years living in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Duan is currently a research fellow in the Department of Endocrinology and Medicine, University of Melbourne.

Dr. Yunbo DuanFrom left: Dr. Duan receives the Award medal from the CEO of Servier International, Dr Jean-Philippe Seta, and from IOF President Prof. Pierre D. Delmas.

Winner of 2000 Award

The first award was presented at the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in June 2000 to two young investigators who shared the award:

Freda Wynne of the University College of Cork, Ireland is working on a project which aims to identify the gene(s) responsible for susceptibility to low bone mineral density (BMD) in the Irish population. The project involves the collection and analysis of blood samples from an extensive set of families with low BMD. The identification of the genes which may be responsible for predisposition to osteoporosis will lead to the development of a genetic test to identify individuals at risk so that they may be targeted for preventative measures or specific treatments.

The second project, that of Dr. Luigi Gennari of the University of Florence, Italy, studies the genetics of male osteoporosis. Dr. Gennari will perform a longitudinal clinical study (2-3 years) on 500 elderly men. The results of the study are expected to uncover possible relationships between polymorphisms in male genes and bone mass, bone turnover or bone loss.

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