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 March 14, 2016

Awad and Berger receive 2nd percentile score on grant supporting a new method for measuring bone fragility

In February, Hani Awad (Professor of BME) and Andrew Berger (Professor of Optics) received a percentile score of 2% (i.e. top 2%) on a multi-principal investigator R01 grant proposal entitled "Raman spectroscopic platform for transcutaneous monitoring of bone quality.” Their proposed study will develop a noninvasive optical method of measuring bone fragility in arthritic and secondary osteoporosis preclinical models as they receive both anabolic and anti-resorptive medication that try to preserve bone health, which will be validated by biomechanical measures of bone strength and toughness.  By providing a better way of tracking bone fragility in living subjects, this work will generate new understanding of how bone disorders develop and how medicines can treat them more effectively. The project Funding is expected to start in the Summer of 2016.