In fulfillment of the ECTS mission to foster excellence in bone and musculoskeletal research, in 2021 several major prices were awarded.
Steven Boonen Clinical Research Award
This award is dedicated to Steven Boonen, a translational and clinical researcher with a focus on age-related skeletal fragility. The ECTS/Amgen Steven Boonen Clinical Research Award is given to physicians who have made significant progress and contribution to the field of clinical bone research. The 2021 awardee is Cyrus Cooper (Southampton, United Kingdom), a highly visible researcher in the area of bone research with over 200.000 citations. He has uniquely synthesized basic, translational and clinical research to optimize bone health throughout life.
Mike Horton Basic/Translational Award
This award honors Mike Horton, a hematologist who performed pioneering work in osteoclast research. The award is given to individuals who have made a significant basic or translational contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue. The recipient of the 2021 award is Andre Uitterlinden (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), an outstanding expert in genetics and genomics of osteoporosis. He is a pioneer to set up large scale international genetic studies and very successfully established the GENOMOS consortium as well as the GEFOS consortium.
Iain T Boyle Award
Iain T Boyle contributed greatly to the field of mineral metabolism and osteoporosis. This award is given to young scientists who have made significant progress and contributions to the field of bone and calcified tissue. The 2021 awardee, Kusumbe Anjali (Oxford, United Kingdom), is an extremely promising expert in bone angiogenesis and the bone vascular niche. Despite the relatively early stage of her career, she already stimulated a new field of research in bone vasculature.
Philippe Bordier Clinical Award
Philippe Bordier made important progress to our understanding of metabolic bone diseases by the development of histomorphometry. The ECTS Philippe Bordier Clinical Award is given to individuals who have made a significant clinical contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue. In 2021 the price was awarded to Jens Bollerslev (Oslo, Norway), a highly productive physician scientist who made major contributions in the field of primary hyperparathyroidism and other hormone-related bone diseases. He also is very successful in mentoring PhD students and young endocrinologists.