Professor Cyrus Cooper awarded prestigious OBE

Professor Cyrus Cooper
Chair of IOF’s Committee of Scientific Advisors is named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his outstanding services to medical research.

Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, has been awarded an OBE for his outstanding services to medical research. The prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) recognizes individuals for their distinguished and life-long dedication and achievements in the arts and sciences or to public service.

As Chair of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors, and longstanding IOF Board member, Professor Cooper leads an internationally competitive programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. His key research contributions have been the discovery of the developmental influences that contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood; the demonstration that maternal vitamin D insufficiency is associated with sub-optimal bone mineral accrual in childhood; characterization of the definition and incidence rates of vertebral fracture; and leadership of large pragmatic randomized controlled trials of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly, as immediate preventative strategies against hip fracture.

Professor Cooper commented,

I’m surprised and delighted to be recognized with this very special honour. I am fortunate to have been involved in working on the causes and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, a major cause of ill health and disability. Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with outstanding colleagues in both academia and the clinical setting, who are very much part of this achievement. I am also indebted to the Medical Research Council for their continuous support of my research over almost three decades. I hope that I can continue to make a difference as we seek to develop and improve the health of our population across the lifecourse.”

In 2014 Professor Cooper was awarded the Pierre Delmas Prize in recognition of his achievements in research and earned the distinction of being ranked among the top 1% most highly cited researchers within the field by Thomson Reuters.