Professor Cyrus Cooper presented with inaugural Duchess of Cornwall Award

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Professor Cyrus Cooper, IOF Board Member and Chair of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors, was awarded the inaugural Duchess of Cornwall Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis.

Professor Cyrus Cooper, IOF Board Member and Chair of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors, was awarded the inaugural Duchess of Cornwall Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall , President of the National Osteoporosis Society, presented Professor Cooper with the Award at the charity’s headquarters in Camerton on February 5, 2009, during the official opening of their recently extended headquarters and new Information Centre.

The Duchess of Cornwall Award recognises an individual for their outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis. Professor Cooper was chosen as the beneficiary of the inaugural Duchess of Cornwall award in recognition of his research, advocacy and leadership.

Professor Cooper holds a number of posts including Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre at the University of Southampton; and Norman Collisson Chair of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford.

He leads an internationally competitive programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoporosis, where he has made key research contributions.

Professor Cooper commented on his award: “Since becoming involved with the charity, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has carried out tremendous work to raise the profile of osteoporosis. To be recognised with this award is an incredible honour, and I only hope that my work in the field has made a practical difference to people whose lives are affected by osteoporosis.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tireless work of the thousands of people who campaign every day to raise awareness of osteoporosis; as well as those who live with the disease every day.”

Professor Cooper, who chaired the National Osteoporosis Society Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2007, first met HRH The Duchess of Cornwall when she became the charity’s president in the late 1990s. He has since met HRH on several occasions, including functions for the National Osteoporosis Society and events at the Medical Research Council unit. Professor Cooper and his wife Margie were guests at the Royal wedding when The Duchess of Cornwall married HRH The Prince of Wales.

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