Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism

Bone MetabolismLed by Professor Richard Eastell, we specialise in clinical and laboratory-based research into bone metabolic disorders, particularly osteoporosis and vitamin D metabolism, and in the field of joint replacement, a key concern in an increasingly aging population. Our state-of-the-art bone imaging technology and measurement of biochemical markers has put us at the forefront of research into musculoskeletal disorders and continues Sheffield’s long tradition of excellence in bone research.

Based largely at the Northern General Hospital for clinical and imaging work, we maintain close links with the Mellanby Centre for Bone Research at the Medical School, with laboratory technicians working within the Bone Imaging Suite in the Clinical Research Facility at the Northern General Hospital and the Bone Biochemistry Laboratory at the Medical School.

We have long experience and expertise in conducting clinical trials and cohort studies in accordance with UK legislation for clinical research and we provide a service for both clinicians and academics who wish to undertake high quality musculoskeletal research. We host several BMedSci, MD and PhD students and have our own dedicated educational programme to provide generic and subject-specific research training for staff and students alike.