Young Scientist Prize 2018

A £4,500 award recognising the outstanding work of a young investigator pursuing research into osteoporosis and/or fragility fractures.

The award consists of two elements:

  • a £4,000 research grant to be used to further the research career of the recipient, for example to purchase IT equipment, to fund a research project or to attend conferences, and
  • a £500 recognition gift.

The winner will be invited to receive the Prize and give a 15 minute presentation on their work and how they intend to utilise the Prize at the Charity's Osteoporosis Conference in December 2018. The winner will also be invited to write an article for our quarterly health professional journal publication Osteoporosis Review.



How to Apply

To apply for the Young Scientist Prize, the following documents must be submitted:

  • A completed application form

  • A copy of your CV, including a publications and funding list.

Applications must be submitted electronically to

Deadline for Application Submission: 5pm, Friday 25th May 2018.


  • The applicant must have been involved in research activities for no more than 10 years. (It is expected that applicants will have no more than 15 years’ experience from date of their undergraduate degree graduation).
  • The applicant must be actively involved in research at a university, postgraduate institute, medical school or NHS trust in the UK or other British Islands.
  • The applicant must be a Professional Member of the National Osteoporosis Society. (A membership application can accompany the award application.)
  • The applicant needs to have the potential to contribute in osteoporosis research and the charity's objectives.
  • Employees of pharmaceutical or commercial companies are not eligible to apply for this Prize.

Young Scientist Prize Past Winners

Young Scientist Prize 2016 Winner

Lauren Robinson, University College London 

Lauren Robinson is currently a PhD student in the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL) working on a project investigating the association between Eating Disorders and poor bone health, and specifically the onset of secondary osteoporosis and the occurrence of bone fractures. She has worked with research groups in both the USA and the UK, with collaborations including Harvard Medical School and University of Bristol, and has spent a year working as a visiting researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, USA. Lauren’s work involves investigating the longitudinal association between Eating Disorders and bone health, and specifically how an Eating Disorder or Eating Disorder behaviours during adolescence and early adulthood can impact bone health in later adulthood and around the time of menopause in adult women. Work on this project so far has identified that not only women with Anorexia Nervosa, but also women with Bulimia Nervosa have significantly lower Bone Mineral Density than healthy women, indicating an increased risk of bone fractures. Furthermore, Lauren’s research has also shown that both Eating Disorder diagnosis and Eating Disorder behaviours at any time throughout life can lead to significantly lower Bone Mineral Density than healthy women around the time of menopause, even if these women have recovered from their Eating Disorder.

It was great to feel like all the hard work had been recognized and I feel very proud of what I’ve achieved…… I am very excited to have the opportunity to conduct this extra research study as part of my PhD

Young Scientist Prize 2014 Winner

Dr. Fjóla Jóhannesdóttir, University of Cambridge

Dr. Fjóla Jóhannesdóttir is currently a research associate in the department of medicine at the University of Cambridge. She has a strong track record of research into osteoporosis and hip fractures, focusing on the determinants of bone strength as well as the mechanics of age-related bone fragility. Her goals are to improve the understanding of bone fragility through non-invasive imaging techniques that predict fracture risk. She is currently investigating the contribution of cortical and trabecular bone structure to proximal femoral strength in collaboration with Mary L. Bouxsein (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA). She is a part of a comprehensive research consortium that aims to improve the management of patients with Gaucher disease - a genetic disorder with very variable manifestations but which causes disabling disease especially in the bones of the skeleton.

With the great support of the National Osteoporosis Society along with support from the Bone Research Society I got the unique opportunity to be a visiting research fellow in Mary L. Bouxsein lab (BIDMC & Harvard Medical School, Boston). This experience gave me exposure to a variety of experimental techniques used to assess bone strength and widened my professional network which I believe will lead to collaboration in the future

Osteoporosis Conference 2018

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