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Human Nutrition Research

Bone and joint health research

The maintenance of optimal musculoskeletal health is essential for physical well-being. Numerous dietary factors can affect bone and joint health. Massey human nutrition researchers conduct studies using animal models of bone health, human dietary intervention studies, and in vitro assays with bone-derived cells.

Examples of research

  • Human nutritional intervention studies assessing biochemical markers of bone turnover
  • Human cross-sectional studies assessing bone health and body composition by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and the BodPod.
  • Using cellular models to understand how nutrition can impact on tissue function and risk of disease
  • Bone loss/gain in bone osteopenia
  • Screening of bioactive compounds using cell-based models
  • Calcium metabolism modelling in young growing rats and ovariectomised adult female rats (FDA approved)
  • Bone biomechanics


Marlena Kruger

For more information contact Professor Marlena Kruger.

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