£500k boost for research

anonymous benefactors have donated more than half a million pounds to Queen Margaret University to progress research and education into osteoporosis.

The gift is thought to be the largest single contribution ever to be received by the university.

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The donation will enable investigations into adverse events related to the moving and handling of patients with osteoporosis to be carried out, as well as paying for the development of educational materials for healthcare professionals.

Professor Alan Gilloran, Queen Margaret University's vice-principal said: "In people with osteoporosis, even minor slips and falls can result in broken bones. One of the aims of the research team is to investigate the scope of this problem and to potentially develop a 'patient at risk identifier'."