Manchester researchers are awarded a medical grant to further their studies into osteoporosis in men
7 January 1999
The leading medical research charity, Action Research, has awarded £67,034 to a team of medical researchers, led by Dr Isobel Braidman at Manchester University to study osteoporosis in men.
This disabling disease is usually associated with women because of their post menopausal oestrogen loss. However, one in 12 men in the UK, some in their thirties, also have the condition.
The disease is just as severe in men as in women and can affect some men who are well below 50 years. One of the problems with these cases is that they often have no obvious cause and are difficult to treat.
Oestrogen is now known to be important for maintaining bone in both men and women, and in work funded by the charity researchers in Manchester have shown that some of these younger men have a fault in the way the hormone affects their bone.
This team will use the technique of modern cell and molecular biology to investigate this disease in more detail.
The charity's Director General, Anne Luther, commented: "This really is an exciting project and could lead new treatments for male osteoporosis."
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