Osteosarcopenia assessment in resource-limited settings

Research Opportunity
Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
Department / Centre
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Jesse Zanker healthy-ageing@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Cassandra Szoeke cszoeke@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary This project provides an opportunity to work with a rich database spanning 20 years, already collected, to evaluate the prevalence and outcomes of osteosarcopenia in ageing women.

Project Details

Osteosarcopenia is a newly described geriatric syndrome comprised of low muscle mass, strength and function (sarcopenia) and osteoporosis (low bone mass). In resource-rich settings, osteosarcopenia can be diagnosed using physical measures and dual-energy Xray absorptiometry (DXA) measures of bone mineral density. However, it is unknown how osteosarcopenia could theoretically be diagnosed in settings without access to DXA. This study will examine a large, longitudinal database to determine the possibilities of diagnosing osteosarcopenia in the absence of DXA and consider how this knowledge could be applied in resource-poor or rural settings. 

The key benefits of this project are:

  • It will involve direct hands-on participant evaluation and provide clinical skills experience
  • The opportunity to work with a rich database with data that spans over 20 years already collected
  • The opportunity for publication

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Ageing, Musculoskeletal , Women's Health

Research Opportunities

Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Healthy Ageing Program

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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