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Roger A. Fielding named winner of IOF Olof Johnell Science Award

International Osteoporosis Foundationrecognizes leading investigator for outstanding scientific contributions to musculoskeletal research

International Osteoporosis Foundation

Professor Roger A. Fielding, Director and Senior Scientist of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, has been named the winner of the International Osteoporosis Foundation's (IOF) 2015 Olof Johnell Science Award.

The 2015 Olof Johnell Science Award was presented at a ceremony held today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Milan, Italy. The Award honours extraordinary and internationally recognized contributions to the field of osteoporosis in a scientific or policy implementation area.

Professor René Rizzoli, IOF Board member and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Disease stated, "It is an honour to present this prestigious award to Roger Fielding. He is a thought-leader in the area of muscle physiology, having made notable contributions to our understanding of the underlying mechanisms contributing to age-associated decline in skeletal muscle mass, the resultant impact on function, and the potential role of exercise, nutrition, and physical activity on attenuating this process."

As well as leading the NEPS Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Prof. Fielding is also Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Lecturer of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Currently, he also serves as the Associate Director of the Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.

Roger Fielding's early studies examined the role of skeletal muscle power output on physical function and disability in older adults, as well as examining the influence of aging on intracellular signaling events in contracting skeletal muscle. Since being recruited to Tufts University in 2004 he has conducted numerous clinical studies of exercise and muscle function in older adults. As a Senior Scientist, he has explored the effects of nutritional, pharmacological, and exercise therapies on changes in skeletal muscle structure and function with advancing age, and has examined the role of nutrition and exercise on muscle performance in older animals and humans. He is an associate editor of the Journals of Gerontology Medical Sciences, and Exercise and Sports Sciences Review, and muscular diseases section editor of Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Diseases. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, and the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.


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, leading companies, as well as more than 200 patient, medical and research societies, work together to make bone, joint and muscle health a worldwide heath care priority. / /


The European Society for Clinical & Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to a close interaction between clinical scientists dealing with rheumatic disorders, pharmaceutical industry developing new compounds in this field, regulators responsible for the registration of such drugs and health policy makers, to integrate the management of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis within the comprehensive perspective of health resources utilization. The objective of ESCEO is to provide practitioners with the latest clinical and economic information, allowing them to organize their daily practice, in an evidence-based medicine perspective, with a cost-conscious perception.

About the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases

Held jointly by IOF and ESCEO, the Congress is taking place in Milan, Italy from March 26-29, 2015. It 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. The next Congress will be held in Malaga, Spain from April 14-17, 2016. For complete information visit #OsteoCongress

Media contact

Charanjit K. Jagait, PhD
Communications Director, International Osteoporosis Foundation
Tel.: +41 22 994 01 02 * Mob.: +41 79 874 52 08

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