Our Current Research Projects

Our Grants

We raise funds specifically to support research, and periodically, we make these funds available to researchers through our grants schemes.

Decisions about how we allocate grants are made by our Research Grants Committee, who consider all applications in line with the aims and priorities of our Research Strategy.

Below you will find information about the research projects we are currently funding.

Project Grant

The additive effect of vitamin K supplementation and bisphosphonate on fracture risk in post-menopausal osteoporosis

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Geeta Hampson, Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust
  • Vitamin K is thought to help bone formation and this study aims to see whether it can enhance existing treatments when they are used in combination.

Time is of the essence: Revealing the 'bone clock' in humans

  • Principal Investigator: Professor Susan Lanham-New, University of Surrey
  • This study aims to demonstrate, for the first time, the existence of a human ‘bone’ clock by assessing the amount of bone resorption and formation over a 24-hour day. Discovery of a ‘bone clock’ would spearhead the design of new drugs to tackle osteoporosis.

Standing up for bone health - is prolonged sitting a risk factor for osteoporosis?

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi, University of Strathclyde
  • This study aims to inform and shape public health policy/guidelines to improve bone health, by investigating whether extended periods of sitting (sedentary behaviour) lead to increased bone loss and whether breaking up prolonged sedentary behaviour has the reverse (beneficial) effect.

Improving uptake of Fracture Prevention Treatments (iFRAP): Development, feasibility and acceptability of a computerised decision support tool

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Zoe Paskins, Keele University
  • With input from patients and healthcare professionals, this study will develop an ‘easy to use’ decision support tool.  This tool aims to help healthcare professionals talk to their patients about medication decisions, and through improving patient understanding of the benefits and purpose of the medicine help to improve adherence.


Linda Edwards Memorial PhD Studentship

Influence of combined vitamin D supplementation and resistance exercise training on musculoskeletal health in frail older men and women

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Carolyn Greig, University of Birmingham
  • Investigating whether in older people a combination of vitamin D and resistance exercise can improve muscle and bone health.

The impact of geographic and socio-economic variation on the incidence of hip fracture, and upon death and recovery after hip fracture

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Celia Gregson, University of Bristol
  • The number of hip fractures and their outcomes varies across the UK due to healthcare inequalities. This study will identify the regions in the UK with the poorest outcomes and provide the evidence needed to improve local services and ensure high quality services for all hip fracture patients.


Early Career Grant

Development and application of novel physical activity measurements in individuals with back pain and vertebral fractures

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Alex Ireland, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • This study aims to provide the first clear description of physical activity in women with back pain with and without spine fractures. In the future this will help to develop different ways to improve physical activity, symptoms and function in people with spine fractures.


Innovative Grant

Role of collagen-mineral nanomechanics in skeletal fragility

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Richard Abel, Imperial College London
  • This study proposes to find out whether bone nanostructure is an important determinant of strength and fragility by comparing mechanics of osteoporotic and ‘healthy’ ageing bone. This understanding may help to develop new diagnostic tests for osteoporosis and novel treatments that work by restoring healthy bone elasticity.



Please contact us if you would like more information about the research studies listed

01761 473 125

Alternatively you can contact us via e-mail at research@nos.org.uk


Dr Elaine Dennison, Chair of the NOS Research Grants Committee

We receive no government funding so all our research projects are only made possible thanks to the generous support of our members and donors.


Professor Nicholas Harvey, NOS Research Grant Holder

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