Prof John Kanis, UK

International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) President

Prof. John A. Kanis received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh. After a MRC Clinical Research Fellow position at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre he became Wellcome Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was then appointed Reader in Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield, where he is currently the Emeritus Professor in Human Metabolism and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases.

Prof. Kanis’ research interests are largely related to disorders of skeletal metabolism including osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, hyperparathyroidism, renal osteodystrophy and neoplasia affecting the skeleton. He has also made a number of national and international contributions to guideline development, health technology assessment, epidemiology and health economics.

Prof. Kanis holds several honorary positions including founding member and trustee of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Disease (now the International Osteoporosis Foundation), founder member of the British Menopause Society, chairman of the Finance committee of the International Bone and Mineral Society, and a WHO Advisor on Osteoporosis.

He is Editor of Osteoporosis International and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He is the author of more than 800 papers, chapters and books on bone disease and metabolism. His current major interest is in the development of risk assessment algorithms and the formulation of practice guidelines in many regions of the world.