World-renowned study to continue to contribute to osteoporosis research

World-renowned study to continue to contribute to osteoporosis research

Janet Watters with researchers from Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Country NSW town, Dubbo, is the home of the world’s longest running large scale study of osteoporotic fractures.  The Dubbo Osteoporosis and Epidemiology Study (DOES) was established by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and commenced almost 25 years ago. Since then it has greatly contributed to the ongoing identification of treatments for osteoporosis and improving care of patients. Generations of Dubbo families have participated in DOES to provide an enormous amount of research that is the key to the success of the study.

At the end of December 2015, long-time head nurse, Janet Watters, retired saying that the study is there “to improve outcomes for people with, or at risk of osteoporosis. In my 24 years… I have given my all to make sure this study, and the Dubbo clinic, achieves the professional standing it deserves in the Dubbo community, as well as around Australia and the globe.”

Professor Peter Croucher, head of the Garvan Institute’s bone biology research division, says that this contribution to some major findings that have changed the way the world thinks about, and treats osteoporosis.

The study will continue under the leadership of Watter’s colleagues, who she says will “take the study to another level, and will continue to bring passion and commitment to the job.”


Source: Garvan Institute of Medical Research
January 4, 2015