Irish Osteoporosis Society lifetime achievement award given to Prof J Bernard Walsh, Director of the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Unit at St James’s Hospital

The award was presented by it’s President, Prof Moira O’Brien at the Annual General Meeting of the Society which this year took place in Trinity College Dublin. Prof Walsh is also the Director of the Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing, consultant physician at the MedEL Directorate at St James’s and Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Gerontology in TCD. He received the award in recognition of his “outstanding work and commitment to the area of osteoporosis” at the Irish Osteoporosis Society Annual Medical Conference, which took place in TCD last month.

The Mercer’s Institute for Research on Ageing has taken a lead role as a regional and national referral centre for the treatment of, and research into, severe osteoporosis and complex bone disease.

Prof Walsh’s original research on vitamin D led to the use of Vitamin D supplementation in milk in Ireland and the development of Supermilk in a joint project with Premier Dairies (now Avonmore -Glanbia).

Prof Walsh’s other research interests include Memory, Hypertension, Stroke, Clostridium difficile, Pneumonia and Incontinence in the elderly.

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