Osteoporosis - studying the combined benefits of exercise and calcium
This research was completed on 31 March 2002
|Project Leader||Dr M Zulficar Mughal, FRCP, FRCPCH, Professor Judith E Adams, FRCP, FRCR|
|Location||Department of Paediatrics, St. Mary's Hospital in conjunction with the Department of Clinical Radiology, University of Manchester both in Manchester.|
|Grant awarded||21 October 1999|
|Start date||1 April 2000|
|End date||31 March 2002|
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