National recognition for Southampton osteoporosis researcher
Biological Sciences postgraduate researcher Alice Goring will be presented with a New Investigator award at Bone Research Society annual meeting in Bristol for her work on osteoporosis.
Alice has been awarded an Arthritis Research UK PhD scholarship and her research combines high resolution scanning of bones with cell biology to identify the underlying molecular causes of the disease in both men and women. She will also talk about her work at the European Calcified Tissue Society annual meeting in Salzburg, Austria.
Osteoporosis is a common condition, especially among post-menopausal women. It is thought that the disease affects 3 million people in the UK and there are 300,000 fractures per year as a result.
“I am exploring how defective blood vessels within bones may play a role in osteoporosis and how they could be targeted to treat the disease,” she explains. “I found my third year laboratory project dissertation with Dr Claire Clarkin on bone biology very interesting and it has inspired me to return to study after a year out working in industry as a research scientist.”
Alice graduated from the University of Southampton in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Biomedical Sciences and was also awarded the Gerald Kerkut prize for outstanding achievement in her final year.