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Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (02/07/2013 03.05)

Evaluation of bone mineral density evaluated by calcaneal quantitative ultrasound and Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)

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In HIV-infected patients, osteoporosis is present with an overall prevalence of about 15%, and it is more frequent than in the general population. Causes of bone disease have not been fully elucidated but maybe related to several factors including HIV infection per se or to the effect of antiretroviral drugs. To evaluate bone mineral density (BMD), dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan has been suggested as gold standard. However, the introduction of quantitative calcaneal ultrasonography (CUS) may be a simple, sensitive and less expensive method to screen all patients but has not been validated in HIV-infected people. This study aims to perform a prospective evaluation of BMD by DXA and CUS in a cohort of HIV-infected patients before and during antiretroviral therapy, to explore the possible relationship among BMD and other osteoporosis markers such as vertebral fractures and bone-turnover markers and to identify antiretroviral drugs involved in osteoporosis worsening.

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Research Fields

Medical sciences - Medicine

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Career StageEarly stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
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Università degli Studi di Brescia

Brescia - Italy