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UTSA researcher nets $1 million for bone study

(Feb. 17, 2005)--Xiadou Wang, UTSA associate professor of mechanical engineering and biomechanics, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study bone fractures in post-menopausal women and the elderly. The four-year study is a collaborative effort with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Tennessee Health Center at Memphis.

Wang's team will analyze bone tissue samples from three age groups to identify changes in bone quality.

"With the improvements in health care and living standards, our lifespan has increased dramatically and people are living into their 90s," said Wang. "I think the issue will become more important as people live longer but their bones become more susceptible to fractures."

According to a report by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than six million fractures occur annually in the United States and many cases involve women over the age of 45. Wang hopes his research will help determine whether the remodeling of bone plays a role in that process.

--Kris Rodriguez

University Communications
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