Osteoporosis Research Center

Osteoporosis Research Center

Contact Us

Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center
6829 N. 72nd Street
Suite 400
Omaha, NE 68122

Phone: 402.280.4470

Toll-Free: 800.368.5097

Fax: 402.280.5173

Email: orc@creighton.edu

News and Events

Is Coffee Bad for Your Bones? (New York Times, 8.25.17)

Are you willing to be a human guinea pig? Medical study volunteers needed (KETV, July 26, 2017)

Risk and Rewards of Clinical Studies | Why do people volunteer? (KETV, July 25, 2017)

Osteoporosis Cure? (KETV, July 24, 2017)

Vitamin D and Cancer: Article in Creighton University Magazine

Save the Date: Move it 5K fundraiser, Sept. 30, 2017

Robert HeaneyRemembering Dr. Heaney

Join us in reflecting on the many contributions of longtime faculty member and researcher Robert Heaney, MD.

Rober Recker, MD and Joan M. Lappe, PhD, RN, FAAN

The Osteoporosis Research Center (ORC) at Creighton University is the result of a 40-year effort that created an international center of excellence in bone research. We serves people at risk for or suffering from osteoporosis and strives to discover and disseminate knowledge related to the prevention and cure of osteoporosis.
The ORC's achievements have positively impacted the lives of thousands of individuals. Some of our most notable achievements include:

  • Setting the U.S. government standard for recommended dietary calcium intake
  • Discovering a gene mutation that may lead to prevention of osteoporosis
  • Contributing to the development of five drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis
  • Discovering that vitamin D supplements may prevent 60 percent of all cancer
  • Discovering that calcium and vitamin D supplements prevent fractures in female basic trainees -- the U.S. Army now gives supplements to all male and female trainees

We continue to explore new osteoporosis initiatives, including those related to vitamin D and cancer prevention, standards for bone development in children and the role of genetics in bone development.
Learn more about the ORC team on our faculty page.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Osteoporosis Research Center is to contribute to the research, teaching, and service components of Creighton University's Mission:

  • By serving people at risk, or suffering from osteoporosis;
  • By discovering and disseminating knowledge pertaining to the prevention and cure of osteoporosis;
  • By investigating bone biology with specific references to mechanisms of development of skeletal fragility fractures, and at the same time by using this work as a window on broader biological questions;
  • By providing its research volunteers a safe, scientifically valid experience, by treating them with courtesy and due appreciation for their participation, and by helping them to the extent consistent with it's research mission; and,
  • By enhancing the personal and professional growth of all members of the team.