Published: 27 June 2016

Public lecture explains the power of the human skeleton


The University of Liverpool will host a three-day series of events focused on exploring the capabilities of the human skeleton, including the ability to endure pain, run at high speeds and recover from disease.

In support of the Bone Research Society (BRSOC), the series includes a public lecture, ‘What Really Moves You?’, as well as a workshop for children in collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University, and an academic conference on musculoskeletal diseases.

The public lecture, chaired by the University’s Derby Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Jim Gallagher, includes a discussion from Professor of Adult Bone Diseases at the University of Sheffield, Eugene McCloskey, who will use the example of Hollywood action heroes Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson to explore issues of bone health.

Remarkable machine

Other speakers at the event include Jonathan Jarvis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science, at Liverpool John Moores University, who will investigate the links between exercise and muscle mass; and Dr Virginia Byers Kraus from Duke University, examining issues related to osteoarthritis.

Professor Gallagher said: “In order to stay healthy it is vital that we understand how our body, which is a remarkably precise machine, works. Through the week, we will explore strength, weight, power and endurance, as well as the consequences of disease and wear and tear on the joints.”

‘The Science of Bones’ workshop includes guest scientists from Liverpool, Sheffield and Oxford conducting live demonstrations to school groups on topics such as why humans need strong bones; how the body can run and jump; why bones are easily broken; and how scientists can measure the forces on the human leg. Models of the human body and motion capture technology will be used to educate young people on how their body works and what they should do to keep bones healthy.

The University will also host a Paget’s Disease information event for patients, carers and medical professionals. Paget’s Disease is a disease that disrupts the normal cycle of bone renewal and repair, resulting in bones becoming weak.

‘What Really Moves You?’ takes place at lecture theatre B, Central Teaching Hub, Friday, 1 July at 5:45pm.  To register please visit:

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