One in three Canadian women will suffer from osteoporosis during their lifetime, and at least 80 per cent of all fractures in both women and men are due to the condition. Dr. Angela Cheung, Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health, is developing innovative imaging techniques and identifying new biomarkers to better understand what causes osteoporosis.
She and her research team are identifying new targets to improve postmenopausal and musculoskeletal health and function. To do this, they are using artificial intelligence, machine learning, multi-omic analyses for biomarkers, and an integrative approach to medical treatments. They also plan to expand their research to include rare musculoskeletal disorders, osteoarthritis and long COVID. Ultimately, their research could provide insights into musculoskeletal and postmenopausal health that will have a direct impact on clinical care delivery and policy in Canada.