Forum on aging and skeletal health: summary of the proceedings of an ASBMR workshop

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Department of Cell Biology

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Aging; *Biomedical Research; Bone Resorption; Bone and Bones; Cell Aging; Fractures, Bone; Genetic Predisposition to Disease; *Health; Humans; Minerals; Motor Activity; *Societies, Scientific


Cell Biology


With the aging of the population, the scope of the problem of age-related bone loss and osteoporosis will continue to increase. As such, it is critical to obtain a better understanding of the factors determining the acquisition and loss of bone mass from childhood to senescence. While there have been significant advances in recent years in our understanding of both the basic biology of aging and a clinical definition of age-related frailty, few of these concepts in aging research have been evaluated adequately for their relevance and application to skeletal aging or fracture prevention. The March 2011 Forum on Aging and Skeletal Health, sponsored by the NIH and ASBMR, sought to bring together leaders in aging and bone research to enhance communications among diverse fields of study so as to accelerate the pace of scientific advances needed to reduce the burden of osteoporotic fractures. This report summarizes the major concepts presented at that meeting and in each area identifies key questions to help set the agenda for future research in skeletal aging.

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J Bone Miner Res. 2011 Nov;26(11):2565-78. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.488. Epub 2011 Sep 13. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

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