Kanis receives Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence in osteoporosis

Professor John A. Kanis is the winner of the 2010 Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence in the field of osteoporosis. The prestigious Award honours his outstanding contribution to the development and validation of a widely used fracture risk assessment tool (WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool, or FRAX-).

The Hamdan Awards for Medical Research Excellence were presented in Dubai on December 13, 2010 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry, U.A.E., President of the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services and Patron of the Award for Medical Sciences. The annual Awards pay tribute to three distinguished researchers who have made an enormous global impact through innovative research and novel advances in their respective fields.

Prof. John A. Kanis is currently the Emeritus Professor in Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University in Sheffield, UK. Prof. Kanis' research interests are largely related to disorders of skeletal metabolism including osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, hyperparathyroidism, renal osteodystrophy and neoplasia affecting the skeleton. He has also made a number of national and international contributions to guideline development, health technology assessment, epidemiology and health economics. Prof. Kanis is President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and WHO Advisor on Osteoporosis, among other honorary positions. He is Co Editor-in-Chief of Osteoporosis International, serves on the editorial board of several journals and is the author of more than 800 papers, chapters and books on bone disease and metabolism. His current major interest is in the development of risk assessment algorithms and the formulation of practice guidelines in many regions of the world.

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