Who We Are
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center (NIH ORBD~NRC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides patients, health professionals, health educators, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases including osteoporosis, Paget’s disease of bone, and osteogenesis imperfecta. The center is dedicated to increasing the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of health professionals, patients, health educators, underserved and at-risk populations (such as Hispanic/Latino and Asian women, adolescents, and men), and the general public about the prevention, early detection, and treatment of osteoporosis and related bone diseases.
The NIH ORBD~NRC is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) with contributions from:
- National Institute on Aging
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health
What We Do
The NIH ORBD~NRC provides a link between current resources and the individuals (e.g., health professionals, patients, health educators, and the public) who are trying to locate these resources. If you have questions about osteoporosis, Paget’s disease of bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, other bone diseases, please contact us in one of the following ways:
The center answers all telephone calls during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time). After hours and on weekends and holidays, you have the option to leave your request and contact information in a voice mail box. Any information provided will be kept confidential.
Although the center cannot make physician referrals, we may refer you to organizations that do make referrals or provide you with information about the different types of physicians that treat your disorder.
Materials Development and Dissemination
The NIH ORBD~NRC develops new materials to fill important gaps in information, such as osteoporosis in men and information on rare bone diseases. Resources in Spanish and Asian languages and easy-to-read formats are also available.
For more information related to understanding bone health and bone health promotion strategies, visit the NIAMS Community Outreach Initiative webpage.
Notice to Limited English Proficient Individuals
If you need more information about available resources in your language or another language, contact the NIH ORBD~NRC at NIHBoneInfo@mail.nih.gov.