• The Paget’s Association introduced an award to recognise hospital (NHS) and university departments which demonstrate excellence in both the treatment of Paget’s Disease of Bone and research into the condition. Currently, twelve UK centres have been recognised as Centres of Excellence by the Paget’s Association and Southampton Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit was one of the chosen twelve.

    I Professor Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit. Together with Professor Cooper, rheumatologists Professors Elaine Dennison and Nicholas Harvey run the metabolic bone service at the University Hospitals Trust in Southampton. The metabolic bone clinic provides services for the diagnosis, investigation and management of conditions including Paget’s Disease.

    • The clinic has access to a full range of support services including an infusion unit which is located in Victoria House, where intravenous zoledronate is administered on an outpatient basis.
    • Close working relationships with radiological colleagues ensure access to radiography and isotope bone scanning where appropriate, and bone turnover markers are readily available, in addition to standard pathology testing.
    • The clinic is closely connected with an academic programme led by Professors Cyrus Cooper and Elaine Dennison at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, which has maintained an active research interest in Paget’s disease for many years. Professor Cooper gives plenary lectures on Paget’s disease at meetings in the UK, Europe, North America and worldwide.