The Fragility Fracture Network Congress 2022 is proud to announce the following Plenary Speakers

Prof Matthew Costa

Matthew Costa PhD, FRCS (Tr&Orth) Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Matt’s research interest is in clinical and cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal trauma interventions. He is Lead Investigator for a series of randomised trials and associated studies supported by grants from the UK NIHR. His work has been cited widely and informs many guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Matt is the NIHR National Specialty Lead for Trauma and Emergency Care and the NIHR Musculoskeletal Trauma Trials Network. He is also a member of the NIHR HTA Research Board and Associate Editor for Trauma and Research Methods at the Bone and Joint Journal.

Matt is past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and past President of the Global Fragility Fracture Network.

Dr Sandra Luliano

Dr. Iuliano is a senior research fellow in the department of medicine, University of Melbourne. Dr Iuliano researches nutrition and exercise across the lifespan; specifically to improve musculoskeletal health. Relative to aging, her work focussed on food-based approaches to prevent falls, fractures, and malnutrition in older adults in aged-care. Her more recent work involved over 7000 older adults from 60 residential aged-care facilities followed for two years to determine the benefits of a food-based approach to enhance intake of calcium and protein to prevent falls and fractures, and reduce risk of malnutrition. Dr Iuliano provided input into the quality and safety standards for aged care, was summoned to present evidence at the Royal Commission in aged-care and is a member of the National Aged Care Advisory Council. She is a strong advocate for improving nutritional care and quality of life via improved food provision in aged-care.

Prof Peter Ebeling

Professor Peter Ebeling is Head of the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. He was inaugural Director of the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science. In 2015, he was made an Officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished services in the field of bone health. Research interests include: musculoskeletal health and diseases; public health aspects of vitamin D, including effects on muscle function, bone and diabetes; post-transplantation osteoporosis; and osteoporosis in men. Professor Ebeling was Associate Editor of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Editor of Clinical Endocrinology (Oxf) and Editor-in-Chief of Bone Reports. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Osteoporosis International. He is Chair of Healthy Bones Australia (formerly known as Osteoporosis Australia), Board member of the IOF, Past President of the Endocrine Society of Australia, and Past President of the ANZBMS. He served on the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Research Committee from 2015 to 2018. He has over 457 peer-reviewed publications, including in The New England Journal of Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Science. He also teaches and mentors medical students and supervises a number of research higher degree students and advanced physician trainees in endocrinology.

Dr Antony Johansen

Antony Johansen was the first UK consultant to be appointed as a full time orthogeriatrician, and has worked in the trauma unit of the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff since 1997. He has championed the specialty of orthogeriatrics; co-authoring the British Orthopaedic Association’s ‘Blue Book’ on Fragility Fracture, and the NICE Guidelines on Hip Fracture. Since 2013 he has been clinical lead for the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) at the Royal College of Physicians, London. As an honorary professor in Cardiff University his research interests  embrace the whole field of geriatric medicine, with a focus on quality improvement for older trauma patients.

Prof Maria Fiatarone - Singh

My research, teaching and clinical career has focused on the integration of geriatric medicine, exercise, and nutrition to improve function and quality of life in older adults. I have been recognised internationally for my ground-breaking work in resistance training for sarcopenia/frailty spanning over 3 decades and am one of the most highly cited researchers in my field (h-Index 76, over 30,000 citations). I have designed and carried out many clinical trials and longitudinal studies in Australia, the USA, Canada, Norway, Israel, and France, among others, including large multi-centre trials of exercise and chronic disease and frailty prevention and treatment. My transformative clinical research has created a paradigm shift in geriatric medicine, demonstrating that high intensity progressive resistance training can counteract the catabolism of aging, inactivity, and chronic disease, and is therefore a central, critical component of the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia and frailty in older adults. Translating the results of my trials into clinical programs, health care professional courses and accreditation standards, position stands, education of consumers with multi-media materials, and formulating policy recommendations regarding government funding for exercise as medicine has been a core outcome of this research. My many systematic reviews of lifestyle interventions for chronic disease have contributed substantively to the implementation of evidence-based practice in the fields of geriatric medicine and exercise physiology, cardiology and endocrinology. My ultimate goal is to improve health care and quality of life, particularly for the most vulnerable with limited access to quality lifestyle programs and aged care.

Dr Manju Chandran

Dr Manju Chandran is a Senior Consultant Endocrinologist and Founder-Director of the Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit at Singapore General Hospital. She is the Chair of the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO)- a consortium of 46 osteoporosis experts from 20 countries and regions, Chair of the Singapore Ministry of Health’s Appropriate Care Guidelines for Osteoporosis Working Group, Board and Council of Scientific Advisors member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF),  Faculty of the IOF Skeletal Rare Disorders Academy , Member of the ASBMR Women in Bone and Mineral Research Committee, Honorary Treasurer of the Osteoporosis Society of Singapore, and Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific Panel of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) and of the Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Council of the IOF. Her research interests include the epidemiology and economic burden of osteoporosis, rare bone disorders, renal bone disease and parathyroid disorders. She has over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and she has been an invited speaker, keynote lecturer, and named orator at several regional and international congresses.

Prof Rachel Neale

Professor Rachel Neale is a cancer epidemiologist with a special interest in balancing the risks and benefits of sun exposure. She has recently completed the world’s second-largest trial of high-dose vitamin D supplementation, the D-Health Trial, and leads research aiming to understand the effects of sunscreen application on vitamin D. Professor Neale leads the health working group of the United Nations Environment Program Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, one of three panels established to report to the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.

Prof Gustavo Duque

Prof. Gustavo Duque MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. His initial training included Internal Medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and Geriatric Medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast’ under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kremer. Prof. Duque’s major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms and potential new treatments for age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise and proteins on bone and muscle mass. He is currently Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) at the University of Melbourne and Western Health. Hi is the author of more than 200 peer reviewed publications and multiple book chapters, and has edited 4 books in the ageing and musculoskeletal fields (two of them on Osteosarcopenia). He is also Director of the Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Western Health (Melbourne). As part of this Program, Prof. Duque implemented a Falls and Fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner.

Prof Xavier Griffin

Professor Xavier Griffin spearheads academic orthopaedics at QMUL and Barts Health, having joined as the inaugural chair of Bone & Joint Health. Xavier’s vision is for worldclass excellence in research and clinical academic training; providing opportunity for the next generation of clinician scientists to realise their aspirations.  

Xavier is a NIHR Clinician Scientist and has been awarded over £10m of research funding.His research interest is in clinical and cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal trauma interventions.

Xavier serves in the Reserve Forces, outside of work he can be found mountain biking or rock climbing usually with his young sons in tow!

Prof David Marsh

David Marsh is a retired professor of orthopaedic surgery, now living in Umbria, Italy. He was active in the field of fragility fractures in the UK, driving the establishment of the National Hip Fracture Database as the first co-chair of its steering group; the British Orthopaedic Association and the UK Orthopaedic Trauma Society awarded him Honorary Fellowships for this work. Internationally, he chaired the Osteoporotic Fracture Campaign of the International Society for Fracture Repair since 2002 and was then the founding president of the Fragility Fracture Network in 2011. Multidisciplinary care has always been his theme, particularly the collaboration between orthopaedics and geriatric medicine, tackling both fragility and frailty in the older fracture patient. His current role in the FFN is chair of the Regionalisation Committee, focusing on the establishment of National FFNs that can drive the implementation of the three pillars of the orthogeriatric approach: acute co-management, rehabilitation and secondary prevention.

Ms Louise Brent

Louise is the Irish Hip Fracture Database and Major Trauma Audit  Manager with the National Office of Clinical Audit. She previously worked in University Hospital Waterford in the South-East of Ireland for 12 years as an orthopaedic nurse, clinical nurse manager and orthopaedic nurse specialist and has a Masters in Nursing. She reviews for a number of peer reviewed international journals and has published on many topics including hip fractures, falls, fragility fracture nursing care, major trauma and clinical audit. Louise is the current chair for the International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing (ICON). She is also the general secretary of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN). She has commenced a PhD in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2022.

Follow Louise on Twitter @louisebrent28

Dr Niki Fairhall

Niki is a postdoctoral researcher at The Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and The University of Sydney. Her research focuses on increasing function and preventing falls in older people. She worked as a physiotherapist in neurology and aged care for 15 years.

Prof Mark Neuman

Mark D. Neuman, MD, MSc, is Horatio C. Wood Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where he also Co-Directs the Penn Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation (Penn CPORT). He has conducted research focused on improving outcomes for older adults in the US and elsewhere with hip fractures since 2008. He is overall Principal Investigator of REGAIN (Regional versus General Anesthesia for Promoting Independence after Hip Fracture), a recently-completed, 1,600-patient randomized trial comparing spinal versus general anesthesia for hip fracture surgery across 46 hospitals in the US and Canada.

Prof Manuel Montero-Odasso

Manuel Montero-Odasso (MD, PhD, FRCPC, AGSF, FGSA) is Professor and Faculty Scholar at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics). He is also the Director of the “Gait & Brain Lab” ( at Parkwood Institute (London, Ontario).

He is a geriatrician and clinician-scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute and serves as team leader at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and the Ontario Neurodegenerative Research Initiative (ONDRI).

He leads the Gait and Brain Health Program with the goal of understanding mechanisms and treatments of mobility, falls and cognitive decline in aging by focusing on the interaction between gait performance and cognition. He has established the use of “motor biomarkers” like slowing gait speed and dual-task gait to predict frailty, falls, and dementia. Under CCNA, he is co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) in the Canadian Therapeutic Platform for Multidomain Interventions to Prevent Dementia (CAN-Thumbs-UP), where he is leading multi-domain lifestyle interventions clinical trials (, to delay dementia in older adults at risk by using personalized medicine.

Dr. Montero-Odasso has created a successful research program while remaining an active clinician. His research has received more than $8 million of peer-reviewed funding; he has published over 150 scientific articles, 14 books and book chapters, and has received several accolades including the American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award, the Schulich Clinician Scientist Award, the Premier of Ontario Excellence Research Award, and the CIHR New Investigator Award. In 2019, he was inducted as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Canadian for his contribution in Medicine and Science.
He is the current chair of the World Falls Guidelines initiative, a global endevour that include 39 countries and more that 100 world experts in falls prevention and management and aims to provide worldwide clinical practice guidliens iam
He has been invited to give more than 200 international presentations as a guest speaker. He is as associate editor for the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences, BMC Geriatrics, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the Canadian Geritrics Journal, among others. He serves as member of the Institute of Aging -CIHR- advisory board, CIHR Equity and Racism Advisory Board, and as executive member and Vice-President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS).


Dr Matthew Hope


Dr Matthew Hope is a dual qualified orthopaedic specialist, with a special interest in foot and ankle surgery.  Originally Dr Hope completed his medical degree, training at the University of Edinburgh, before completing his specialist Orthopaedic training and being awarded his FRSCEd (Trauma and Orthopaedics). In 2006 he completed a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery in Brisbane. Moving back to Brisbane in 2010 Dr Hope completed his FRACS and became a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

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