While there is good understanding of how bone mass, and more recently bone architecture, affects fracture risk, far less is known about the material properties of bone, or how these can impart resilience or fragility to the skeleton. This is changing thanks to the development of new state-of-the-art imaging and other technologies which now allow researchers to gain new insights into the different material properties of bone and their role in bone fragility.
Bringing together eight invited contributions by the field's leading experts, a special issue of Calcified Tissue International & Musculoskeletal Research now provides a comprehensive overview of the latest and most exciting findings in this area of skeletal research. The issue is co-edited by Drs. David B. Burr and Matthew R. Allen of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine.
Drs. Burr and Allen, the co-editors, challenged the authors not only to review the current state of knowledge about their specific topic, but to help propel research forward by highlighting key questions that remain to be addressed. "Our hope is that this will stimulate the new wave of work aimed at understanding both the hierarchical structure of bone and its importance to overall bone health."
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