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IOF Medal of Achievement awarded to Professor Nicholas Harvey

Annual International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) award honors researcher who has advanced knowledge of osteoporosis through original and outstanding scientific contributions

International Osteoporosis Foundation

Today, at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Medal of Achievement was awarded to Professor Nicholas Harvey, Professor of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK.

The prestigious recognition is presented annually by IOF to honour an individual researcher who has significantly advanced the field of osteoporosis through original and outstanding scientific contributions. The award underlines important aspects of IOF's mission - to increase understanding and awareness of osteoporosis and to promote medical innovation and improved care.

Professor Cyrus Cooper, IOF President, stated: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to present this distinguished award to Nicholas Harvey, whose ground-breaking work at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit has helped to further our knowledge of the early determinants of fracture risk and of fracture epidemiology. I have had the privilege of collaborating with Nick for more than 15 years, over the course of his early career. Beyond his outstanding attributes as an investigator, Nick is also highly regarded as an author and educator, who has donated his valuable time and expertise to IOF educational initiatives."

Professor Harvey originally trained in medicine at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He is Vice-Chair of the International Osteoporosis Foundation Committee of Scientific Advisors, and he co-leads an MRC programme focused on the lifecourse epidemiology of bone and joint disease, at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit. His work incorporates a lifecourse approach to the characterization of the epidemiology and determinants of osteoporotic fracture from cradle to grave, elucidation of underlying mechanisms, and development of novel interventions. He has won national/international prizes, such as the National Osteoporosis Society Kohn Award, is an investigator on >£50m grant funding, has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles, and is a member of many national/international committees, including as Musculoskeletal Lead for UK Biobank Imaging Enhancement, and as a member of the ASBMR Professional Practice Committee.

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World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO Kraków 2018)

Held jointly by IOF and ESCEO, the Congress takes place in Kraków, Poland, from April 19-22, 2018. 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 musculoskeletal disorders, including sarcopenia and frailty. For complete information visit http://www.wco-iof-esceo.org #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 240 patient, medical and research societies in 99 locations, work together to make fracture prevention and healthy mobility a worldwide heath care priority. http://www.iofbonehealth.org http://www.facebook.com/ @iofbonehealth

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