Bone Density Laboratory
The Bone Density Laboratory (Turner 248A) is dedicated to bone mineral density and body composition research. This lab houses two Hologic Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometers (DXA) that measure bone mineral density and body composition. DXA is currently the most widely used and thoroughly studied bone density measurement technology.
Research and Professional Activities
Mississippi Osteoporosis Prevention Project (MOPP)
The Mississippi Osteoporosis Prevention Project (MOPP) was founded in 2004. The overall mission of the project is to prevent osteoporosis through education, training, seminars, and screening. Most osteoporosis programs target people over the age of 50. Poor bone health leads to osteoporosis and an increased risk for fracture later in life. Peak bone mass, which is one of the most important determinants of developing osteoporosis, is accrued largely by the age of 18. Therefore, actions to maximize peak bone mass need to be taken during childhood.