Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced the award of $1,001,657 to the University of California, San Francisco for research on osteoporosis. The award comes from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the federal National Institutes of Health. "As society ages, osteoporosis will be a growing problem. Scientists in San Francisco continue to lead the way in developing and testing new therapies for osteoporosis and a range of disabling diseases," Pelosi said.
The NIH grant was awarded to Dr. Dennis M. Black at UCSF for a grant application titled "PTH and Alendronate in Combination in the Treatment of Osteoporosis." The study funded through the grant will test the effectiveness of two powerful anti-osteoporosis drugs used in combination. The drugs, Alendronate and parathyroid hormone (PTH), are now used separately for treatment of the disease.
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