Research Strategy 2017

We are very pleased to share our new Research Strategy with you.

Last year, we decided to take some time to review the impacts of the research we have supported and funded over our first 30 years. We wanted to understand how we could make even more of a difference to people's lives through research.

As part of the review process, we listened to people living with osteoporosis, researchers and health care professionals, as well as the many people who regularly give their time to us through our advisory committees. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who helped us.

We learned a very great deal through the review process. For example, 80% of the people who responded to our survey 'A Good Life with Osteoporosis' in 2015 told us that a major priority for the charity should be to support and raise funds for research. We also found out that for researchers committed to the field of bone health, the time when they really need support is when they are transitioning to undertaking independent research.

We have reflected on everything we learned, and we have set ourselves three core goals at the centre of our new strategy. We are committed to:

  • Research to make a difference
  • Support for researchers
  • Research for people affected by osteoporosis

We have also identified 10 core research areas:

  1. Diagnosis and risk assessment
  2. Lifestyle management
  3. Access to information
  4. Systems of care
  5. Pain
  6. Mechanisms of disease
  7. Medication and supplements
  8. Living with osteoporosis
  9. Osteoporosis and comorbidities
  10. Epidemiology

With this clarity of vision, we are now in a position to launch our 2017 grants round, safe in the knowledge that we will be investing money in the research which will have the most impact for the future.