First Name: Ursula
Last Name: Heilmeier
Member Since: May 2019
City: Zürich
Institution: University Hospital Zürich and University of Zürich, Switzerland 


Ursula Heilmeier studied medicine at the University of Regensburg Medical School, Germany, funded through a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and performed her postdoctoral research time at the University of California San Francisco, in the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Group.

Her research work centers around bone and cartilage health and senescence, with an emphasis on diabetic bone disease and osteoarthritis.

Ursula has published > 35 original papers and has received several grants and prizes, including the ASBMR Young Investigator Award, the ECTS New Investigator Award, and the ESCEO-AgNovos Healthcare Young Investigator Award. She is a member of various scientific societies such as ASBMR and ECTS and currently pursues her residency training.


- Favorite Cell: Osteocyte
- Favorite Protein: Sclerostin
- Best technical skill: HR-pQCT
- Best knowledge: Diabetic bone disease
- Research goal: To elucidate the pathomechanisms of diabetic bone disease and (age-related) musculoskeletal diseases and translate findings into clinical practice
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- Favorite dish: Pasta
- Favorite place to live: Home
- Best sport skill: Dancing
- Worst performance: Shot-put
- Free time activity: Dancing, Outdoor activities
- Favorite quote: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein