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National Osteoporosis Society announces new Chairman

The National Osteoporosis Society announced today that Professor David Reid, Professor of Rheumatology and Head of Division of Applied Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, will be the charity’s new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Professor David ReidProfessor Reid is a member of  the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2001 5* Bone and Musculoskeletal Research Theme at the University of Aberdeen.  He has worked with the National Osteoporosis Society since 1991.

Professor Reid, previously Vice Chairman, takes over from Professor Richard Eastell, who has stepped down due to other work commitments. Professor Eastell has recently been appointed Director of the Biomedical Research Unit in Musculoskeletal Diseases in Sheffield.

During his time as Chairman, Professor Eastell has presided over a period of significant change and activity for the National Osteoporosis Society, including success with the charity's appeal against NICE, progress with incentives for GPs and a vital, government-led review of osteoporosis services.  He will continue his work with the National Osteoporosis Society and remains a trustee (with the charity).

Professor Reid said "Richard will be a really hard act to follow but I will try to fill the gap left by him. I wish him all the very best in his new initiative which is so important for the future development of osteoporosis services and research. I look forward to continuing the charity's drive for major improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures."


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Notes to Editors:

1.      The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK wide charity dedicated to improving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Visit for more information.

2.      In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone mainly because of osteoporosis.

3.      Professor David Reid is a world recognised expert in the field of osteoporosis; his special research interests are in the field of assessment of bone mass, risk identification for fractures, corticosteroid induced osteoporosis and clinical study design.  He is a member of the Professional Practice Committee of the American Society of Bone & Mineral Research.

4.      Professor Eastell has recently been appointed as director of the Biomedical Research Unit in Musculoskeletal Disease in Sheffield. He was instrumental in obtaining an award of £3.75 million from the National Institutes of Health Research in collaboration between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and the University of Sheffield. He currently sits on the Board of the European Calcified Tissue Society and will remain a Trustee of the National Osteoporosis Society.

5.      It is estimated that there are currently three million people with, or at risk of osteoporosis in the UK.

6.      Osteoporosis costs the NHS and government £1.7 billion a year – that's £5 million a day.

7.      There are about 230,000 osteoporotic fractures every year in the UK.

8.      1,150 people are dying every month in the UK as a result of hip fractures.

9.      Osteoporosis is the fragile bone disease.  Our bones are made of a thick outer shell and a strong inner mesh, which looks like a honeycomb of bony struts.  When some of these struts become thin or break, causing the bone to become more fragile and prone to fracture, this is referred to as osteoporosis. 

10. Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to as the silent disease, because it often remains undetected until the time of this first broken bone, which can occur in the wrist, hip or spine. Bone loss occurs in everyone as they get older, but these broken bones are not an inevitable part of ageing and there is much that can be done to prevent and treat them.



Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Friday 26th of September 2008

Contact: Jennifer Phillips

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