Members of Osteoporosis Canada’s Scientific Advisory Council would like announce this year’s Lindy Fraser Award winner as chosen by the members of the SAC.

Osteoporosis Canada established this award in 1993 to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of osteoporosis research and education in Canada. The award is named in honour of Lindy Fraser, who in 1981 at the age of 87 started the first self-help group for people with osteoporosis.  She herself was an inspiration to others as she shared her struggle to get out of bed, into a wheelchair, then to walk again with a cane.  In 1982, she answered a call from a small group in Toronto to take part in the first national symposium on osteoporosis.  That appearance was the spark that gave rise to Osteoporosis Canada.

This year’s award winner has shown immeasurable dedication and determination in the collaborative effort to achieve the common vision of Canada without osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporosis Canada recognizes Dr. Rowena Ridout.

Dr. Ridout is an endocrinologist at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network and a staff physician at the UHN/MSH Osteoporosis Programme.  She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate medical training at the University of Toronto. She has been involved in clinical research in osteoporosis including the attainment and maintenance of peak bone mass, the treatment of steroid-induced osteoporosis in children and interventions in the fracture clinic. She has been involved with Osteoporosis Canada for many years, and is currently the medical advisor for COPN and the vice chair of the SAC.  She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and her primary academic activity is teaching and education. Dr. Ridout is also involved with the Clinical Practice Guidelines update.

At this year’s Osteoporosis Canada AGM, Dr. Ridout was also presented with Osteoporosis Canada’s Backbone award for volunteering.

Congratulations Dr. Ridout!