About the Research Fund
Osteoporosis Australia - Australian & New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Research Fund
The research fund is a joint initiative between Osteoporosis Australia (OA) and the Australian & New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS).
Our commitment is to support research that will contribute to the ultimate challenge: a future without fractures. Australia has leading institutions and experts in international osteoporosis research. Progress in medical research requires time, effort and financial support.
Supporting Bone Research
We greatly acknowledge the contributions received from individuals and organisations in support of our research efforts. Donations are tax deductible and help support the future of Australian bone health. Visit our donations page and our Professor Philip Sambrook Memorial Fund page for more information. Thank you for your support.
In the past 20 years research has resulted in significant advances in the treatment of osteoporosis, including –the development of the first drugs that prevent bone loss, diagnostic techniques which are accurate and affordable and unlocking the mechanisms of bone formation to identify new approaches to treatment. We also have a far better understanding of the role other approaches to better bone health in areas of calcium, vitamin D and high-impact exercise.
Research Fund Objectives
- Support research that will help to reduce the burden of osteoporotic fractures
- Support research that will lead to improved quality of life and excellence in clinical care for patients with osteoporosis and fractures
- Support research grants in broad areas of basic science, clinical studies, public health, allied health, epidemiology and education
- Foster research from young investigators across several disciplines (such as science, clinical medicine, non-medical, allied health)
- Support a variety of grants – grants-in-aid, fellowships, scholarships and partnership grants on a peer-reviewed basis.
Our Research Goals
- To gain a clearer understanding of bone metabolism
By understanding the biological pathways and processes of bone metabolism, researchers can identify key molecules and interactions that influence bone development to potentially –
Identify and develop new drugs and better diagnostic techniques, provide new insight into how nutrition impacts bone health, identify genetic predispositions to problems of bone health, gaining a better understand of the relationship between physical activity and bone metabolism
- To Improve clinical practices to more effectively prevent fractures and rehabilitate post fracture patients
Continued research into clinical practice could help reduce re-fracture rates and reduce the need for joint replacements and help people with osteoporosis live actively and independently for longer.