Determinants of Peak Bone Mass

November 17, 2015  


Pediatric Growth and Nutrition branch (PGNB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD; Office of Research on Women's Health and Office of Dietary Supplements, Office of the NIH Director, NIH; the National Osteoporosis Foundation; and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research


Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A), NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland


Bone density in childhood is considered an important determinant of bone health later in life. Optimizing peak bone mass and strength with healthy diet and physical activity habits and identifying poor bone accrual early may contribute to a reduction in osteoporosis risk. While research in recent years has led to significant advances in our understanding of normal bone accrual, including data from the Bone Mineral Density in Children Study, large gaps remain in our knowledge and a lack of treatments for children who have abnormal bone accretion rates also exists.

This workshop brings together investigators from various disciplines to obtain a better understanding of the factors determining the acquisition of bone mass and strength, from early childhood to adulthood. In addition to identifying research gaps and establishing the state of the science, workshop participants will also review the role of hormonal effects on linear growth, pubertal maturation, nutrition, and physical activity on the development bone mass and strength in children. Discussions will explore all aspects of this field, including novel noninvasive ways to identify disorders of bone accrual early in childhood, preventative measures, and potential therapies.

Registration is required to attend the workshop and is free and open to all who are interested.

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Dr. Karen Winer, PGNB, DER, NICHD
Phone: (301) 435-6877

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