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NDORMS research M Sanni Ali received a Young Investigator Award at this week’s National Osteoporosis Society Conference 2016, held in Birmingham.

Sanni presented work on a non-experimental study using SIDIAP, a real life database from Catalonia, North East Spain. The Prieto-Alhambra Group - Musculoskeletal Pharmaco- and Device epidemiology - at NDORMS evaluated the comparative risk of fragility fracture in type 2 diabetic patients using different anti-diabetic medications.

It is estimated that 415 million people between the ages of 20 and 70 worldwide have diabetes, with the condition expected to affect one person in 10 by 2040 - 642 million. In addition, it is estimated globally that 1 in 2 adults with Type 2 diabetes are undiagnosed.

Sanni said: "We found that the risk of fragility fracture is higher in insulin users compared to patients who are on metformin mono-therapy. This data is very useful to manage the condition in the broader context of a patient's life and hopefully can inform new therapeutic approaches for these patients."

Together with another abstract, Sanni's submitted work to the conference received the highest score from reviewers.

Speaking on the award, Sanni said: "This is a unique conference and I was honoured to meet the world's most influential scientists in the field of osteoporosis. Having my research recognised in such a setting was wonderful and I would like to thank the reviewers and my team for the opportunity."