Calcium, vitamin D and bone health

Osteoporosis, stunting and rickets are major public health concerns world-wide. Internationally, more than 2 million hip fractures occur annually and this is projected to increase four-fold by 2050. Stunting affects millions of children around the world, with implications for the health of individuals and for national economies. Rickets, a debilitating disease of children, is a problem in many countries.

The aim of the Nutrition and Bone Health Programme is to identify the role of nutrition and lifestyle in the optimisation of bone health and the reduction of osteoporosis and rickets risk within the wider context of nutrition policy for calcium and vitamin D in developed and developing countries. The goal is to promote public health by investigating the role of nutrition and other factors in the optimisation of bone health and the prevention of fragility fractures and rickets.

Selected ongoing studies:

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