Bess Dawson-Hughes

Bess Dawson-Hughes, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University and Director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. She is trained in endocrinology and directs the Metabolic Bone Diseases Clinic at the Tufts-New England Medical Center.

Prof. Dawson-Hughes has been on the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation since 1995. In 2002, she began a 3-year term as the President of the NOF. She is currently on the Council of the International Bone and Mineral Society and the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases. She has served in the past on the councils of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition.

From 1994-2002, she was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Prof. Dawson-Hughes has published over 280 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and reviews. Her current research is directed at examining ways in which calcium, vitamin D, protein and other nutrients influence age-related loss of bone mass and risk of fragility fractures.