Professor John Kanis

Emeritus Professor in Human Metabolism, and Director of the Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield, UK

Areas of expertise: Research interests have involved many disciplines applied to metabolic bone disease. These include basic and clinical research, epidemiology, health technology assessment and health economics. Major contributions have been in renal bone disease, Paget's disease of bone, osteoporosis, and skeletal disorders associated with neoplasia.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3129-4326


Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Professor John A. Kanis is Emeritus Professor in Human Metabolism, and Director of the Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases (Formerly WHO Collaborating Centre), University of Sheffield, UK and Professorial Fellow at ACU. He is the current President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, member of its Committee of Scientific Advisors and Chairman of the Working Group on Epidemiology and Quality of Life.

Professors Kanis’s research interests are largely related to disorders of skeletal metabolism including osteoporosis, sarcopenia, Paget’s disease of bone, hyperparathyroidism, renal osteodystrophy and neoplasia affecting the skeleton. Contributions to research include cell biology, histomorphometry of bone, assessment and treatment of bone disorders, guideline development, health technology assessment, epidemiology, regulatory affairs and health economics. He is the Editor in Chief of Osteoporosis International and Archives of Osteoporosis and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He is the author of more than 1000 papers, chapters and books on bone disease and metabolism. His current major interest is in the development of risk assessment algorithms and the formulation of practice guidelines in many regions of the world

Professor Kanis is one of three Professorial Fellows in the Bone Health and Fractures Research Program, forming an integral part of our collaborative research program entitled ‘Closing the Gap in Fracture Risk Assessment and Management’. The Professorial Fellows’ expertise in the clinical research of osteoporosis underpins the individual projects that together form MMIHR’s program of musculoskeletal research. Professor Kanis’s expertise in fracture risk assessment guides our work utilising different cohort studies from around the world to ultimately produce an updated fracture risk tool that incorporates risk of falls, other relevant chronic conditions associated with ageing such as loss of muscle mass.

Prof Kanis has demonstrated a keen interest in fostering excellence in the early career researcher and PhD candidates in the Institute.

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Accolades and awards

  • IOF Medal of Achievement for outstanding scientific contributions in osteoporosis 2010
  • Freeman and Keys of the city of Florence, May 2010
  • Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award Medical Research Excellence in the field of Osteoporosis, Dubai, 2010.
  • ESCEO-IOF/Servier Achievement Award, European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), 2011
  • Medal of Merit for a distinguished contribution to Polish osteoarthrology. Polish Osteoarthrology Society and Polish Foundation of Osteoporosis. Krakow, September 2011
  • European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) Medal of Excellence for outstanding original contributions to the field of bone, joint and muscle, 2016
  • Chinese Gerontological Society. Lifetime achievement award in honour of outstanding personal contribution to the Osteoporosis Committee of the China Gerontological Society. September 2016.

Editorial roles

  • Editor in chief, Osteoporosis International
  • Editor in chief; Archives of Osteoporosis
  • Editorial Board, Calcified Tissue International
  • Editor, Bone
    1990 - 2008

Previous editorial appointments for Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Quarterly Journal of Medicine, Bone, Joint and Spine, Journal of the British Menopause Society, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Italian Journal of Mineral & Electrolyte Metabolism, Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, Bone & Mineral Research Annual, Osteoforum, Bone and Mineral Research (Clinical Research Section), Chinese Journal of Osteoporosis

Public Engagement

  • President International Osteoporosis Foundation, from 2008.
  • Chairman and founding member of Osteoporosis 2000, now Patron.
  • National Osteoporosis Guideline Group (UK) from 2007.
  • Expert, French National Institute of Health, from 2001.
  • Committee of Scientific Advisors of FIRMO. (Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca sulle Malattie dell’Osso), from 2008
  • Vice President, European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) from 2008


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