ECTS Steven Boonen Award
Nominations period: nominations are now open.
In memory of Professor Steven Boonen, who sadly passed away during the ECTS 50th Anniversary Congress in Lisbon on 20 May 2013. ECTS would like to remember and honour Steven during its annual congress by introducing an annual Steven Boonen Clinical Research Award.
The recipient of this award will give a lecture at the annual meeting and receive a grant to be paid into the recipient’s institution or university account to contribute to specific research expenses.
Steven was an internationally recognised expert in the field of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, who was actively involved in bone disease research, education and patient care. His translational and clinical research activities focused on determinants of age-related skeletal fragility and on strategies to reduce fracture risk. Specific areas of expertise included musculoskeletal frailty, osteoporosis in old age and innovative trial design. He was an active and regular contributor to the ECTS congress for many years, and was also a member of the ECTS Board of Directors.
This award is open to medical doctors who have made significant progress and contribution to the field of bone clinical bone disease research.
ECTS Board members are not eligible to this award during term of office in the ECTS Board.
Nominations are now open till 8th December 2023.
Nominees must be nominated and seconded by ECTS members, using the online form.
All nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of reviewers. The final decision is based on the marks and comments from the reviewers and any conflicts of interest are identified and dealt with appropriately. The ECTS Grants and Awards Committee and ECTS Board will make the final decision based on scores and comments by the reviewers.
Winner of the 2023 Steven Boonen Award
Congratulations to Piet Geusens, Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, Netherlands, recipient of the 2023 Steven Boonen Award. The award will be presented during ECTS 2023 Congress in Liverpool.
For a full list of previous recipients of the Steven Boonen Award, please visit the Previous Grants section.
This award is dedicated to Steven Boonen, a translational and clinical researcher with a focus on age-related skeletal fragility. The Steven Boonen Clinical Research Award is given to physicians who have made significant progress and contribution to the field of clinical bone research. The 2023 awardee is Piet Geusens, Professor Emeritus of Rheumatology at the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) and the Hasselt University (Belgium). He is a truly outstanding researcher and clinician who significantly contributed to our knowledge on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Piet published over 420 papers in peer reviewed journals and is a longstanding contributor and supporter of the ECTS. He is highly respected in the field as not only an outstanding clinician and researcher, but also as a mentor and friend.