Royal Osteoporosis Society receives £½ million donation to help find a cure for the disease

The Royal Osteoporosis Society has received a £½ million donation from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust to help find a cure for the devastating bone disease.

The charity was formerly the National Osteoporosis Society and received a royal title in 2018, officially becoming the Royal Osteoporosis Society in February 2019. This is the largest donation the charity has received since becoming the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

Osteoporosis causes bones to lose their strength and break more easily. It is estimated half of all women and one in five men are affected, old and young; impacting mobility and causing unbearable agony. Osteoporosis doesn’t have any outward symptoms and the first sign is often a broken bone usually in the wrist or hip and most commonly in the spine also known as a vertebral fracture.

The money will be used to support the pioneering work of the ROS’s Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy which launched in February 2019. The Academy is the first of its type in the world. It is a collaborative venture working with leading researchers, patient advocates, clinicians and academics in the field of osteoporosis and bone health and has been set up to advance scientific knowledge in this area and to work towards finding a cure for osteoporosis.

Francesca Thompson, Clinical and Operations Director for the Royal Osteoporosis Society, says: “This generous donation means we can further develop our Academy plans to engage, nurture and back the best and brightest minds to unlock new discoveries and influence future funding for research for this disease which sometimes devastates people’s lives.

“We will be the first bone charity in the world to build an osteoporosis research roadmap charting the route to a cure for the disease and giving hope to future generations.”

Julia and Hans Rausing said: “We are pleased to support this important charity once more and hope this new dedicated Academy can create a breakthrough for millions of lives.”

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