Best scientist award

We are delighted to announce that Professor Cyrus Cooper, President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), has received a Best Scientist Award, ranking 46th among all scientists from any medical discipline globally, and 6th in the entire field of Medicine in the United Kingdom. The recognition follows the publication of’s annual, worldwide research rankings of scientists across all scientific specialities, based on the H-index data obtained from various bibliometric sources.

Professor Cooper’s substantial body of work, with an H-index of 236, from more than 2,770 research publications and close to 300,000 citations, attests to a distinguished career in which Professor Cooper has made world-leading contributions to scientific literature on the global burden of disease, osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders, as well as pioneering clinical studies on the developmental origins of peak bone mass.

Professor Cooper stated: “I am delighted to have received this prestigious recognition, and thank my numerous scientific collaborators and colleagues in Southampton, the United Kingdom, and around the globe for their outstanding efforts and support.”

Cyrus Cooper, OBE, DL, FMedSci is Professor of Rheumatology and previously Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre; Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton; and Professor of Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford. He leads an internationally competitive programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis.  As well as being President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator; and Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International. He has previously served as Chair of the IOF Scientific Advisors Committee; Chair MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network; Chair of the Royal Osteoporosis Society of Great Britain; past-president of the Bone Research Society of Great Britain; and has worked on numerous Department of Health, European Community and World Health Organisation committees and working groups. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE for services to medical research.

Members of the Committee of Scientific Advisors are the world’s leading experts

The IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors (CSA), chaired by Prof. Nicholas Harvey, comprises 168 members from 41 countries. The members, elected to the Committee by their peers, are recognized as eminent experts and key opinion leaders globally and within their regions. In an bibliometric and citation analyses of publications from 2012 to 2022, CSA members dominated top citation rankings in the musculoskeletal field. IOF President Professor Cyrus Cooper was the top-ranked expert in osteoporosis in the world during the years 2012-2022, and was listed as the top-ranked medical researcher in all fields in the UK. Furthermore, 33 members of IOF’s Committee of Scientific Advisors were listed among the 50 most oft-cited authors in the field of osteoporosis based on research from 2012-2022. These were (in order of ranking): Cooper C (UK), Leslie W (Canada), Lewiecki E (USA), Kanis J (UK), Reginster J-Y (Belgium), Eastell R (UK), McCloskey E (UK), Reid I (New Zealand), Bilezikian J (USA), Miller P (USA), McClung M (USA), Binkley N (USA), Rizzoli R (Switzerland), Brandi M (Italy), Compston J (UK), Lems WF (Netherlands), Abrahamsen B (Denmark), Harvey N (UK), Adachi J (Canada), Ferrari S (Switzerland), Cheung AM (Canada), Watts N (USA), Morin S (Canada), Kendler D (Canada), Dennison E (UK), Chapurlat R (France), Ebeling P (Australia), Diez-Pérez A (Spain), Duque G (Canada), Bruyere O (Belgium), Biver E (Switzerland), Body JJ (Belgium), and Bauer D (USA). 

IOF CEO Dr Philippe Halbout stated:

“It is a great honour to have the world’s eminent expert in the field at the helm of IOF. Indeed, the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors, comprised of leading global experts in the field, exemplifies the influential role of IOF in advancing osteoporosis and musculoskeletal disease research, finding consensus and promoting clinical best practice, and advocating for healthcare policy change to benefit people with musculoskeletal diseases.”

“We warmly thank and congratulate our President and the members of the CSA for their efforts and dedication.”


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