IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis

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MAY 12, 2002

Lisboa Congress Center, Portugal

IOF-Servier Investigator Research Fellowship awarded to Australian researcher studying racial differences in pathogenesis of bone fragility

The 2002 IOF-Servier Young Investigator Research Fellowship, worth €40,000, was presented at the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis to Dr. Yunbo Duan, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Duan's project, "Are racial differences in periosteal apposition during aging responsible for the racial differences in bone fragility: Studies in Asians and Caucasians", 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.

Duan believes that the results of this study will provide important insights into the pathogenesis of bone fragility in both racial groups just as insight into bone fragility in women has been obtained by studies in men.

Dr. Duan is currently a research fellow in the Department of Endocrinology and Medicine, University of Melbourne.

This IOF-Servier Young Investigator Research Fellowship is awarded to young scientists under age 40 for original research work. IOF is grateful for the generous support of the Servier Research Group which has made this fellowship possible through an unrestricted grant of €40,000 that is awarded every two years. The first IOF-Servier Fellowship was awarded in June 2000.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a worldwide organization dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis around the world. It brings together scientists, physicians, patient societies and corporate partners. Working hand in hand with its 139 member societies in 71 countries and other healthcare-related organizations around the world, IOF encourages awareness and prevention, early detection and improved treatment of osteoporosis.

The IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis is being held May 10-14, 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal. Some 5,000 participants are expected for the congress, expected to be the largest gathering ever of osteoporosis specialists from around the world. Abstracts from the congress are published in a supplementary volume of the journal Osteoporosis International. For more information visit the congress website:

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