Bone Research Society 1950-2015

Bringing basic and clinical researchers together

Prof Miep Helfrich

Miep Helfrich

School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Aberdeen
m.helfrich@abdn.ac.uk
01224 621513
Institute of Medical Sciences, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD, UK.

BRS President

Miep has a first degree in Cell Biology from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and a PhD from the University of Leiden where she studied osteopetrosis. Miep came to London in 1988 as postdoc in the group of the late Professor Mike Horton to study the role of integrins in bone cells and moved to Aberdeen in 1992 where she has worked ever since. Following another postdoc and an Arthritis Research UK-funded fellowship she was appointed as senior lecturer in 2004 and promoted to chair in 2009.

Miep’s research interests are in studying osteoclast diseases, such as osteopetrosis and Paget’s disease of bone with a focus on the role of the endosomal and autophagosomal pathway in disease pathogenesis. Her current work receives funding from Arthritis Research UK and the FP7 ITN “Euroclast”. She uses a range of microscopical techniques and has a special interest in ultrastructural imaging of bone cells exploring 3-dimensional imaging methods at the nanoscale. She has been the academic lead of the microscopy core facility in Aberdeen since 2002 and chairs the Scottish Microscopy Group.

Miep has led the Musculoskeletal Programme in Aberdeen from 2010-2014 and was board member of the European Calcified Tissue Society from 2009-2012. She joined the BRS when she first came to the UK in 1988 and served as committee member from 2005-2008.

Research profile: Basic

Skills: Cell Biology, Electron Microscopy, Histology, Histomorphometry, Image Analysis, Immunocytochemistry, In Vivo Models.

Interests: Ageing, Imaging, Paget's, Pathology, Osteopetrosis, rare metabolic bone disease.

Other Societies: ASBMR, ECTS, ASCB.