Pierre Delmas Prize An ESCEO-IOF/Servier Achievement Award: the 2014 winner is Professor Cyrus Cooper


The Pierre Delmas Prize was created in 2010 by Servier, in partnership with the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). The Pierre Delmas Prize is awarded for outstanding and major scientific contributions to the study of bone and mineral diseases.

The prize is named in honor of Pierre Delmas, Founding President of the IOF, and Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of Lyon (France). Pierre Delmas was an outstanding scientist who directed essential basic clinical research in metabolic bone diseases, particularly in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

The fifth Pierre Delmas Prize (which consists of a diploma, a medal, and a grant of 40 000 €) was awarded on April 2, at the opening of the WCO-IOF-ESCEO Seville 2014, by Ms Laurence Alliot, Director of International Medical Communication at Servier, to Professor Cyrus Cooper from Southampton (United Kingdom), in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions to the study of bone and mineral diseases.

Cyrus Cooper is Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, and Professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford. He leads an internationally competitive program of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. His key research contributions have been: 1) discovery of the developmental influences which contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood; 2) demonstration that maternal vitamin D insufficiency is associated with suboptimal bone mineral accrual in childhood; 3) characterization of the definition and incidence rates of vertebral fractures; 4) leadership of large pragmatic randomized controlled trials of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly as immediate preventive strategies against hip fracture.

Cyrus Cooper is Chairman of the Committee of Scientific Advisors, International Osteoporosis Foundation, Chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network, Associate Director of Research at the University of Southampton Medical School, and Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International. He has published extensively (over 600 research papers) on osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders and pioneered clinical studies on the developmental origins of peak bone mass.

From left to right: Bess Dawson-Hughes (IOF), Cyrus Cooper (winner) and Laurence Alliot (Servier)