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Osteoporosis Resource Center Funded

The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases~National Resource Center, which will amass, develop and disseminate information on a variety of bone disorders, was funded recently under a cooperative agreement with a consortium of three voluntary organizations by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and six other agencies within HHS.

The agreement maximizes the government's osteoporosis and related bone disorder outreach efforts by linking with those of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the Paget Foundation for Paget's Disease of Bone and Related Disorders and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. In addition to NIAMS, partners include NICHD, NIDR, NIEHS, NIA, the Office of Research on Women's Health and the HHS Office of Women's Health. First-year funding of this 5-year agreement totals $600,000.

"With the 'graying' of our population, we may be staring at a steep rise in hip and other fractures," said NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz. "Better diagnosis, treatment, and especially prevention of osteoporosis are clearly needed. The resource center's educational potential in this task is enormous."

The center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., was first established 5 years ago in response to congressional interest, and will be led by Dr. Bess Dawson-Hughes of Tufts University, a bone endocrinologist and osteoporosis expert. It will carry out a national educational and information program. The center can be reached at (202) 223-0344.

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