Next week I'm off to Italy to give a symposium talk as part of the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases. It's a result of true inter-disciplinary effort led by Sharon Brennan-Olsen (my collaborator from Melbourne University), featuring myself, and Jose Riancho (Cantabria University). Combining #bioanthropology & #biomedical research to further our understanding of skeletal health in modern populations is something I have wanted to be involved in for almost 7 years (since I started my PhD!). As part of our symposium, we will talk about the ancient, contemporary, and epigenetic evidence for the effect of social disadvantage on bone health. I will present on my ongoing work that relates to bone and dental data from British Medieval peasants and noblemen.
Our recent paper led by Rosie Pitfield (PhD student at Kent, UK) has now been accepted for publication in Calcified Tissue International. We report on cortical histomorphometry of the human humerus during ontogeny. We found that humans cease the deposition of primary bone tissue in the upper arm bone around the age of 14 years old. Out as soon as hopefully!
My latest book chapter on bone and dental histology (co-authored with Patrick Mahoney from Kent, UK) is now officially out as part of the new Elsevier title "Human Remains: Another Dimension". It was a great project from the Teesside team (Tim Thompson and David Errickson) in the UK.