The Program was awarded the Outstanding Clinical Program Departmental Award on June 12, 2004. The selection was driven by the very high research productivity of the Program, and its success in achieving visibility not only nationally and regionally, but also internationally. The Program’s publications over the years have achieved some of the highest cumulative impact factors and citation indices institutionally. Manuscripts describing various studies/reviews from the Program are published in several first tier journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Bone, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, amongst others.
Active Areas of Investigation Include:
- Hypovitaminosis D and impact on musculoskeletal health across the lifecycle
- Women’s health
- Applications of bone densitometry measurements
- Secondary causes of bone loss
- Cancer–induced bone disease
- Genetic polymorphisms in relevant markers modulating bone diseases including VDR, ER, and CYP2R, etc.
- Guidelines development and dissemination, nationally and internationally
Research Training Opportunities
Since its inception in 1998, the Program has strongly contributed to the education and training of over fifty students, residents and fellows, all of whom have been exposed to various aspects of clinical research operations. Their experience has usually culminated in at least one publication in a peer reviewed international journal. Over the past few years, several of these publications were selected for the Best Research Paper award and trainees were invited for presenting at international scientific meetings.
As of 2012, the Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis Program, started offering a formal one-year research fellowship that has been initiated to offer interested house-staff instrumental training in clinical translational research in general and Metabolic Bone Disorders in particular.
Research trainees acquire essential skills and foundations to conduct clinical and translational research. They are involved in:
- Formulation of the research question(s)
- Conduct of appropriate literature search and its critical review
- Conduct systematic reviews and meta analyses
- Protocol write-up and submission to funding sources and to the IRB
- Recruitment of study subjects, data entry, data cleaning, management and analyses
- Preparation and presentation of abstracts and posters
- Preparation and submission of manuscripts: original publications, reviews, editorials