Having been a Trustee for the Paget's Association for many years, Professor Roger Francis succeeded Dr David Hosking as Chairman of the Board in 2013.
After graduating in Medicine from the University of Leeds in 1975, Roger Francis developed a major clinical and research interest in bone disease, whilst working as a member of the Clinical Scientific Staff at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Mineral Metabolism Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. He was subsequently awarded a Travelling Fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year working on the cellular mechanisms of bone breakdown in St. Louis, USA. He worked as Honorary Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at University College, London, before moving to Newcastle in 1986. He is now Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, where he continues to research into vitamin D and bone disease. He was also Consultant Physician at the Bone Clinic, Freeman Hospital until January 2011, when he retired from clinical practice. He served as Editor of Osteoporosis Review from 2001-2007 and Editor-in-Chief of Age and Ageing from 2007-2014. In April 2014 he was awarded the Dhole-Eddleston Prize by the British Geriatrics Society for his contribution to the literature on the medical care of older people.