Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Prevention of osteoporosis begins in childhood and adolescence by optimizing acquistion of bone mineral during the critical adolescent years. Body mass, calcium nutriture, physical activity, growth and sex steroid hormones, and genetic factors are all thought to be important determinants of bone mass although the relative contribution of each remains controversial. My research interests are directed at the process of bone mineral acquisition during childhood in healthy young people and patients with disorders that place them at risk for premature osteoporosis. I am also exploring the optimal therapies for children with bone fragility. Finally, I have been comparing the value of newer non-invasive methods for assessing bone fragility in the pediatric population.