About the Authors

Stuart H Ralston

Affiliations Rheumatic Diseases Unit, University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom , Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen Medical School, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

André G Uitterlinden

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Maria Luisa Brandi

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Susana Balcells

Affiliation Department of Genetics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Bente L Langdahl

Affiliation Department of Endocrinology, Aarhus Sygehus, Aarhus, Denmark

Paul Lips

Affiliation Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Roman Lorenc

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Experimental Medicine, The Children's Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch

Affiliation Department of Endocrinology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Serena Scollen

Affiliation Strangeways Research Laboratory, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Mariona Bustamante

Affiliation Department of Genetics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Lise Bjerre Husted

Affiliation Department of Endocrinology, Aarhus Sygehus, Aarhus, Denmark

Alisoun H Carey

Affiliation Oxagen Limited, Abingdon, United Kingdom

Adolfo Diez-Perez

Affiliation Hospital del Mar-IMIM, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Alison M Dunning

Affiliation Strangeways Research Laboratory, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Alberto Falchetti

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Elzbieta Karczmarewicz

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Experimental Medicine, The Children's Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Marcin Kruk

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Experimental Medicine, The Children's Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Johannes P. T. M. van Leeuwen

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Joyce B. J. van Meurs

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Jon Mangion

Affiliation Oxagen Limited, Abingdon, United Kingdom

Fiona E. A McGuigan

Affiliation Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen Medical School, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Leonardo Mellibovsky

Affiliation Hospital del Mar-IMIM, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Francesca del Monte

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Huibert A. P Pols

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Jonathan Reeve

Affiliation Strangeways Research Laboratory, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

David M Reid

Affiliation Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen Medical School, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Wilfried Renner

Affiliation Department of Endocrinology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Fernando Rivadeneira

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Natasja M. van Schoor

Affiliation Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rachael E Sherlock

Affiliation Oxagen Limited, Abingdon, United Kingdom

John P. A Ioannidis

Affiliation Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology Unit, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine and Biomedical Research Institute, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Ioannina, Greece

for the GENOMOS investigators

Competing Interests

SHR, AGU, HAPP, and JPTMvL hold patents on the use of various genetic markers for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, including the COLIA1 Sp1 polymorphism.

Author Contributions

Author contributions and additional contributors are listed at the end of this paper.