The Royal Osteoporosis Society

The Royal Osteoporosis Society is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to finding a cure for osteoporosis and improving the lives of those affected by it.

Founded in 1986 by Professor Allan Dixon and Linda Edwards, The Royal Osteoporosis Society aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. According to the NHS, the condition develops slowly over several years and is often diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break. However, the condition can also develop without a bone fracture occurring. Often, elderly individuals develop the curvature of the spine, forcing their body to bend forwards. This is a result of bones in the spine becoming so weak and it then becomes difficult to support the weight of the body.

Osteoporosis affects over 3 million people in the UK and only 500,000 of those receive hospital treatment for the condition. The charity supports research and development of new treatments and therapies and influences providers and professionals to deliver high quality healthcare.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has provided grants to the charity to fund their research and development programmes, campaigns and support systems for individuals living with the condition, including £500,000 towards the Bone Research Academy, which seeks to improve understanding and treatment of osteoporosis. In total, the Trust has given over £1 million to the charity since 2017.

Julia and Hans Rausing

“We are pleased to support this important charity once more and hope this new dedicated Academy can create a breakthrough for millions of lives.”

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