IOF-Fonterra Bone Health Insights Research Grant

This new grant, valued at 40 000 Swiss Francs (CHF), is provided by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) with the generous support of Fonterra Brands. It was established to recognize and provide support for an observational, epidemiological study (including a post-doctoral study), to measure the impact of nutrition, exercise or other lifestyle factors on population bone health. Research institutes from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam are eligible.

Grant winner in 2013 from Indonesia

The first IOF-Fonterra Bone Health Insights Research Grant was awarded in July 2013. The winner was Dr Suharti Suherman of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia. Dr. Suharti is Principal Investigator for this joint research project by the Indonesian Union of Osteoporosis (PEROSI) and the Indonesian Healthy Bone Foundation (PERWATUSI). The study looks into the profile of bone mineral density (BMD), muscle strength and related lifestyle habits in young Indonesian women. The research was selected from 19 applications.

Explaining the study Dr Suharti Suherman said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant which is fundamental in helping me carry out this important research. There is currently a lack of data to help health professionals in Indonesia build effective osteoporosis management and prevention strategies, and I believe that my research will help to fill this gap.The objective of this study is to discover the prevalence of low BMD among young Indonesian women, aged 25-35 years old, and the profile of its risk factors. Data will be collected from 450 women from across Jakarta, from which we will learn the relationship between bone mineral density, muscle strength and lifestyle habits.”