Get Involved in Research

The National Osteoporosis Society encourages research projects which aim to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.


On this page you will find links to information on research studies currently being carried out into osteoporosis/bone health and ways that you can get involved.


Please note: Inclusion of studies on this page does not imply endorsement or approval of the project or its outcomes by the National Osteoporosis Society.

National Osteoporosis Society Research Grants Committee

Learn more about how the views of people with osteoporosis are represented as the Charity makes decisions on research strategy and funding

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Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

Hip fracture is one of the most detrimental events in the life of an older adult. Across the UK health care professionals take steps to improve how adults with hip fracture are assessed and surgically treated in hospital.  We still know very little about how adults with hip fracture are rehabilitated in hospital.  More specifically, whether access to rehabilitation after hip fracture influences the chance of recovery and survival.  A research team at Kings College London hopes to answer this question.

The research team would like to discuss their ideas with those who have undergone surgery to repair hip fracture, or those who have acted as a primary carer for a person who has undergone surgery to repair a hip fracture. 

The research team will be hosting a two-hour focus group at a London location.  The focus group will start with an introduction to the team and the proposed study (background to the research question and proposed study design).  This will be followed by a discussion of the research questions, characteristics of a patient that could influence the answer to these questions, and aspects of health care delivery that could influence the answer to these questions.

If you would like to volunteer to participate in the focus group or would like to hear more about the project please contact Katie Sheehan – 

Please note: If you decide you would like to volunteer, there is no obligation to continue working with the research team after the focus group discussion session.



Priority Setting Partnership (Musculoskeletal Injury: Fragility fracture of the lower limb and pelvis)

Oxford Trauma is launching a James Lind Alliance Research Priority Setting Exercise in the area of broken bones in older people. The Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) is bringing together all those involved and affected by broken bones in the leg, anywhere from the pelvis to the feet, to prioritise the top 10 research uncertainties.

We are asking patients, their relatives and healthcare professionals for the questions they want answered by research. We want your views to guide research and to help us improve the care for patients who suffer broken bones in older people (i.e. over 60 years of age). We want you to have a voice in shaping the next generation of research advances in this area.  

We would like to invite you to participate in the first broken bones in older people survey which will take you approximately 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

Please click here to take the questionnaire  

It is anticipated that the survey will close mid April 2017.  If you would like to know more about this exciting new project, please visit:

If you have any queries or you would like a hard copy of the questionnaire to complete please contact project coordinator Laura Arnel - (01865 223114).



MIDOs (Minimally Invasive Delivery of Osteospheres for Treatment of Osteoporosis)

An exciting new research project to improve the lives of people with osteoporosis is currently underway. The project focuses on repairing and growing new bone in areas where the bone has become very thin, by using injectable biodegradable materials combined with the patients’ own bone marrow cells (stem cells). 

The research is at a very early stage and is currently developing the technology to make this treatment possible. However, given the potential of this technology to bring about significant benefit to patients, the research team is very keen to understand what people think about this potential treatment. We are therefore inviting people to complete a short questionnaire which should only take about 20 minutes to complete. You do not need to have osteoporosis in order to complete the questionnaire.

Please click here to take the questionnaire

The project, called MIDOs ‘Minimally Invasive Delivery of Osteospheres for Treatment of Osteoporosis’, is a collaboration between the Universities of Nottingham, Leeds and Birmingham and their associated NHS teaching hospitals. The University of Birmingham has compiled this questionnaire. If you would like to know more about this exciting new project, please visit:

If you have any queries please contact Hilary Brown - (07917 065741) or if you would like a hard copy of the questionnaire to complete, please contact Evelina Balandyte – (0121 414 7054).



The L1FE Study - Lateral Compression 1 Fracture Fixation in the Elderly

Pelvic fractures commonly occur following a fall from a standing height. Researchers at the Royal London Hospital are preparing a research proposal investigating the treatment of pelvic fractures. The research team would like input from individuals who have experienced a pelvic fracture or any other fragility fracture. They will be holding a focus group (no longer than 2 hours) for you to share your thoughts and ideas on your experience, the research question, study design, study documents, and directions for future research. The research team will reimburse you for your time. Your input will shape the direction of the research project, and contribute to answering a meaningful research question that will benefit individuals with a pelvic fracture.

Following the focus group the research team would also like to invite interested individuals to be part of the trial steering committee. The trial steering committee will oversee the progress of the research project, providing valuable input along the way. Research that has been developed with input from individuals with first-hand experience will ultimately provide more meaningful results.

If you would like to be part of the research project by sharing your knowledge and experiences please contact Jamila Kassam, lead orthopaedic research physiotherapist at

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Reviewer

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) needs people with everyday experience of osteoporosis as a patient or carer to comment on research proposals. As a public reviewer for the NIHR, Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) programmes, you could be invited to look at a research proposal or commissioning brief related to your own area of experience and answer some key questions to inform the board or panel. Each review is a stand-alone task, which is sent to you to do in your own time, to an agreed deadline.

The NIHR funds health research that produces evidence for professionals, policy makers and patients, so they can make informed decisions. And we know that research that reflects the needs and views of the public is more likely to produce results that can be used to improve health and social care.

To express an interest in being a public reviewer for research proposals please email us or call a member of our team on 02380 599302. To find out more: Visit

The Rare UK Bone, Joint and Blood Vessel Study (RUDY)

The study funded by a partnership between the NIHR Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration and the Oxford NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, University of Oxford, is striving to improve understanding of all aspects of rare bone, joint and blood vessel diseases with the aim of developing new tests and treatments to improve patients' lives.

The first step in doing this is to gather information in order to describe in more detail the different types of rare diseases and what it is like to live with them. The RUDY Study is open to those with rare disorders, including those affected by rare types of osteoporosis (e.g. pregnancy associated osteoporosis or idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis), and participation is designed to be as simple and flexible as possible. The researchers intend to use questionnaires over a period of five years. You can decide what parts of the study you want to be a part of, and how you would like to be contacted: whether by letter, telephone, email or text. You will also be free to change your mind about your participation and your preferences at any time during the study.

If would like to find out more about what participation in the RUDY study would involve please see the participant information sheet or visit the RUDY website

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Prioritisation Panels

These are key roles which ensure that the public are actively involved in discussions and decisions on the prioritisation of NIHR health research.  As a patient/public panel member you will help to identify and raise issues from the perspective of patients and the public that are relevant to the research.

The HTA Programme produces independent research about the effectiveness of different healthcare treatments and tests for those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS. It identifies the most important questions that the NHS needs the answers to by consulting widely with these groups, and commissions the research it thinks is most important through different funding routes.

If you feel that you could help the HTA programme by sharing your knowledge and experiences by becoming a Patient/Public member of one of the HTA Panels, then please visit the NETSCC website where you can find out more, including the information pack and how to apply.

If you have any queries please contact the NETSCC PPI team at or 02380 599302.

NOS runs osteoporosis support groups across the UK, where sufferers and their loved ones can share information and support. Find a group near you.