Published: 9 October 2023 at 15:34
Grant to enable researchers to reduce age-related disorders through lifestyle changes
Dr Jasmine Samvelyan, of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), has been awarded a grant from the Government’s UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) fund to study relationships between the endocrine system that regulates energy metabolism and the responsiveness of the skeleton to physical activity.
Osteoporosis is a major contributor to loss of independence due to bone fractures. Even after successful fracture treatment, many patients struggle to live independently. While drug treatments reduce consequences of osteoporosis, there is a pressing need for non-pharmacological interventions to improve bone health and to reduce likelihood of age-related bone disease.
Dr Samvelyan, a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science of the MBChB course of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) School of Medicine, said:
Co-investigator Eugene McCloskey, MD, FRCPI Professor in Adult Bone Diseases at The University of Sheffield Medical School, who helped develop the FRAX fracture risk assessment tool currently used worldwide, said:
“Broken bones resulting from osteoporosis contribute significantly to loss of independence, frailty, and morbidity in older people. I am pleased to be collaborating with Dr Samvelyan on this important research. There is an unmet need globally for lifestyle interventions to reduce the likelihood of bone fractures with age.”