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Professor Bess Dawson-Hughes receives prestigious IOF award

Grant and Award Announcement

International Osteoporosis Foundation

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has recognized Professor Bess Dawson-Hughes with the 2023 IOF President’s Award. The Award honours individuals who have made a significant and longstanding contribution to the advancement of the work of the IOF, through furthering one or more of the mission statements and/or goals of the Foundation.

The Award was presented on May 4th, 2023, at the opening of the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Barcelona, Spain. IOF President Professor Cyrus Cooper stated:

"I am very honoured to present this Award to Bess Dawson Hughes, an esteemed colleague and an internationally recognized leader in the bone field whose extensive body of research has led to greater understanding of the role of nutrition in age-related bone and muscle loss. This Award pays  tribute to Bess’ longstanding commitment to IOF, including in her role as Board member, and as IOF General Secretary and member of the Executive Committee since 2008. She has made major contributions to the development and success of the Foundation, including through her support of IOF’s programmes in research, education, and public and health professional awareness. Bess, we are so grateful for all your important contributions to IOF.”

Professor Dawson-Hughes is Director, Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and Senior Scientist and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is the General Secretary of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and is a Former President and Trustee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (USA), now BHOF. She was a founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. Her research interests within the field of bone and mineral metabolism include dietary and hormonal determinants of bone and muscle mass and function; acid-base balance of the diet; calcium and vitamin D nutrition; and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Prof. Dawson-Hughes is the author of more than 450 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. She is the recipient of many awards for her research and scientific leadership including the IOF President’s Medal and the IOF CSA Medal of Achievement. She was cited in the Thomson Reuters report on ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ in the field of clinical research in 2002 through 2013.

Professor Dawson-Hughes stated: “I very much appreciate the recognition by Professor Cooper and the International Osteoporosis Foundation and all that this award signifies. It is an honour to contribute to IOF’s global work and its vision of a world without fragility fractures.”


World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO Barcelona 2023)
Held jointly by IOF and ESCEO, the Congress takes place in Barcelona, Spain from May 4-7, 2023. WCO-IOF-ESCEO is the world’s largest annual forum for the presentation of clinical research and new advances in the prevention and management of bone, muscle and joint disorders, including sarcopenia and frailty. For complete information visit  #OsteoCongress 

About IOF
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world's largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members, including committees of scientific researchers as well as more than 315 patient, medical and research organizations, work together to make fracture prevention and healthy mobility a worldwide heath care priority. @iofbonehealth

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