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Researcher earns grant for osteoporosis studies (8-17-99)

Jean Jiang, Ph.D., a researcher in the Department of Biochemistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, was awarded a $40,000 grant from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) for her studies on osteoporosis.

The 1999 AFAR Grant for Biomedical Research in Gerontology and Geriatrics provides Dr. Jiang with one year of support to continue her project "Estrogen and Intercellular Communication in Bone Osteocytes."

Dr. Jiang's research centers around understanding the precise molecular mechanism by which estrogens control bone remodeling and how estrogen is involved in osteoporosis. This research could lead to a better understanding of osteoporosis and could provide the necessary clues leading to the discovery of drugs for treatment.

"Osteoporosis is a very serious disease that affects millions of the elderly, especially women," said Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., director of the Health Science Center's Aging Research and Education Center. "Dr. Jiang will be studying a novel area of bone biology, the role of cell communications, and how alterations in communication may lead to disease."

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