Cyrus Cooper

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 programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. His key research contributions have been: 

  • discovery of the developmental influences that contribute to risks for osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood; 
  • demonstration that maternal vitamin D insufficiency is associated with sub-optimal bone mineral deposition in childhood; 
  • definition and incidence rates of vertebral fractures; and
  • leadership of large, pragmatic randomized controlled trials of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly as immediate preventive strategies against hip fracture.

He is Chairman of the Committee of Scientific Advisors, International Osteoporosis Foundation; Chair of the Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies Initiative; Chair of the BHF Project Grants Committee; Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton Medical School; an NIHR Senior Investigator; and Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International. He has published extensively (over 700 research papers) on osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders and pioneered clinical studies on the developmental origins of peak bone mass.