Regulation of Osteoclasts in Bone Pathologies [ 2007 - 2009 ]

Also known as: How to prevent bone loss in disease

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Researchers: E/Pr Kim Rainsford Prof Malcolm Smith Prof Mark Bartold (Participant) Prof David Haynes (Principal investigator)

Brief description Destructive bone loss is a serious complication of many common inflammatory diseases. Three important examples are are, periodontal disease, rheumatoid arthritis and peri-implant osteolysis. The mechanism of osteoclast formation in these diseases is distinctly different from physiologic osteoclast formation. Despite the prevalence of these diseases until recently little is known about how bone erosion occurs However, recent advances in the understanding of these diseases has allow us to better investigate the mechanisms of the bone loss. Drugs to stop the loss of bone have only recently been available to patients and many new treatments are being developed. While most of these drugs are proving useful to treat osteoporosis, their suitability for the treatment of bone loss in diseases such as periodontal disease, rheumatoid arthritis and peri-implant osteolysis is largely unknown. As the way bone is lost in these inflammatory diseases quite different from osteoporosis different treatments are needed. This project aims to better understand bone loss in these diseases and identify new treatments to prevent the debilitating bone loss associated with inflammation in disease.

Funding Amount $AUD 439,903.84

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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