Lydia Plus Symposium

The Lydia Plus Osteoporosis Project presents a multidisciplinary day bringing together the latest from all aspects of osteoporosis research and services.

Presentations and keynote speakers will sit alongside practical physical activity and nutrition sessions.

There will be information from fracture liaison services and research in pregnancy-associated osteoporosis, and Professor Brendan McCormack and Dr Lindesay Irvine will discuss the history of the project. Practical sessions will include ideas of balance exercise for different levels and a Scottish step dance taster.

A panoramic view of Queen Margaret University campus, Edinburgh


Professor Brendan McCormack

Head of Susan Wakil School of Nursing & Midwifery &Dean (incorporating Sydney Nursing School)

Brendan McCormack is a nursing academic and internationally renowned nursing leader. McCormack's research focuses on person-centredness with a particular focus on the development of person-centred cultures, practices and processes. He has engaged in this work at all levels from theory development to implementation science and through to instrument design, testing and evaluation. Whilst he has a particular expertise in gerontology and dementia practices, his work has spanned all specialities and is multi-professional. He also has a particular focus on the use of arts and creativity in healthcare research and development. Brendan has more than 600 published outputs, including 240 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and 12 books. He was the founding editor of “International Journal of Older People Nursing” and is currently ‘Editor Emeritus’ of the journal. Brendan is a Fellow of The European Academy of Nursing Science, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2014 he was awarded the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by Sigma Theta Tau International and listed in the Thomson Reuters 3000 most influential researchers globally. In 2015 he was recognized as an ‘Inspirational Nursing Leader’ by Nursing Times (UK nursing magazine) and in 2019 was listed in the New Year ‘Top 100 outstanding nurses’ by the Twitter Group #wenurses.


Professor Dawn Skelton

Professor of Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University

Dawn Skelton is Professor of Ageing and Health in the Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine. She is a member of the Falls and Frailty programme within the Ageing Well Research Group. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.As an Exercise Physiologist, she has a keen interest in exercise rehabilitation within a falls prevention scope, from the hospital-based physiotherapy delivery to the community-based specialist exercise instructor provision. Her current research ranges from motivation and patient preference to engaging the very frail, increasing adherence to long-term exercise and working with the pre-frail to prevent poor outcomes later. She is a lead and co-author on multiple Cochrane Systematic Reviews.She chaired the Royal Osteoporosis Society’s Statement on Exercise and Osteoporosis (2018) and the Older People Panel for the UK’s update of the Physical Activity for Health Guidelines (2019). She is currently Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Rehabilitation Group and is part of the Community Rehabilitation Alliance and the National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group within Public Health England. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit (OPFPRU) funded by the NIHR.She recently received the British Geriatrics Society Marjory Warren Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in translating falls prevention research into practice. She has also been honoured with an honorary medical doctorate (MD) from Umea University for her work in functional exercise with older people. She is also Director of the not-for-profit training company Later Life Training.


Dr Lindesay Irvine

Programme Director for Professional Doctorate programme at QMU

Collaborate with international education institutions to develop and accredit nursing programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Also work with teams to develop continuous professional development modules for nurses. Working as a clinical link with Randolphhill Care Group.Doctoral research into Older people and experiences of care.Skilled at facilitation of learning and involved in the development and delivery of education to educators nationally and internationally. Particular focus is on transformative learning through experiential, person centred approaches.


Dr Alison Black

Consultant Rheumatologist, NHS Grampian Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Service

Dr Alison J. Black has been involved in metabolic bone disease work since 1993. She has an MD on the effects of parathyroid hormone on bone and is a clinical lead in the Osteoporosis service for NHS Grampian.


Kathryn Berg

Trials Manager, University of Edinburgh


Karen Whitehead, MBE

Patient advocate


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Location Queen Margaret University's Edinburgh Campus
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Cost £70 for employed, £35 unemployed/retired/student