Southampton Professor wins prestigious award

Professor Cyrus Cooper of the University of Southampton has been awarded The 2014 ESCEO-IOF Servier Pierre D. Delmas Prize for his distinguished body of work in the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders.

Prof Cyrus CooperPresented at the opening of the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Seville, Spain, the prestigious annual prize honours an outstanding researcher who has made major scientific contributions to the study of bone and mineral diseases. The Prize, granted by the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) with the support of Servier is valued at 40,000 EUR.

Professor Cooper is Professor of Rheumatology, Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He is also Professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford.

Presenting the Prize in Seville, Professor Bess Dawson Hughes, IOF General Secretary, commented: “We are delighted to present this award to one of the field’s most distinguished scientists and educators. Cyrus Cooper has been identified recently as among the 400 most influential biomedical researchers worldwide and the highest ranked within the bone field. His body of work has made essential contributions across several key areas. Most notably, his pioneering clinical studies on the developmental origins of peak bone mass have provided invaluable insights that impact on a wide spectrum of research within the field.”

Professor Cooper said: “I am greatly honoured to receive this prestigious prize. Research is always a collaborative effort and as such this award also recognizes the excellent work of my dedicated colleagues at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, as well as more widely within the University of Southampton and NHS Trust.”

Professor Cooper leads an internationally competitive programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. Key research contributions have included the discovery of the developmental influences which contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood; demonstration that maternal vitamin D insufficiency is associated with sub-optimal bone mineral accrual in childhood; characterization of the definition and incidence rates of vertebral fractures; and leadership of large randomized controlled trials of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly as immediate preventative strategies against hip fracture.

Professor Cooper is Chairman of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors; Chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network; Associate Director of Research at the University of Southampton Medical School; and Associate Editor of the journal Osteoporosis International. He has published over 630 research papers on osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders.



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