Morgan, who is Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, at Boston University, USA, won this award for her proposal to use three-dimensional visualization to understand how spine fractures start and progress, and then to test models to predict vertebral fracture. "Dr Feng-i Morgan's project to use the latest techniques from aerospatial and mechanical engineering to understand how vertebrae fracture, caught the judges attention as it will contribute to widening our knowledge of osteoporosis," said Professor Pierre Delmas, President, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

The IOF-Servier Young Investigator Award helps to increase awareness and understanding of osteoporosis and to encourage young scientists, under the age of 40, to continue their work in this field. The award is supported by the Servier Research Group in partnership with IOF, providing Euro 40,000 towards original research of significant value and international relevance in the field of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, in which the bones become porous and break easily, is one of the world's most common and debilitating diseases. The result: pain, loss of movement, inability to perform daily chores, and in many cases, death. One out of three women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will one out of five men.

Unfortunately, screening for people at risk is far from being a standard practice. Osteoporosis can, to a certain extent, be prevented, it can be easily diagnosed and effective treatments are available.

MEDICA.de; Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation