Kenneth Ward Lyles, MD

Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail Duke Box 3881, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7520
Email address kenneth.lyles@duke.edu

My research activities focus on understanding ways that osteoporotic fractures affect people and trying to learn ways to reduce their impact on affected individuals and prevent further fractures. I have worked with patient with hip and vertebral fractures, gaining insight into the impairments such fractures cause. Also we have learned that a hip fracture is a major risk factor for subsequent fractures after the initial hip fracture. Our group completed a randomized, placebo-controlled trial that we designed with Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation showing, that an annual infusion of a 5mg of the bisphosphonate zoledronic acid reduced subsequent fractures after a surgical procedure for a hip fracture by 35% when compared to a place infusion (New England Journal of Medicine, 11-1-07). In this study we also observed a 28% reduction in death in the zoledronic acid treated patients. Other research groups have shown that oral bisphosphonates also reduce mortality in patients with osteoporosis. Currently, we, with a number of collaborators, are conducting both animal and human studies to better understand this beneficial effect upon mortality.

In other work, our group tries to understand how other diseases such as strokes and spinal cord injury, and medications such as anticonvulsants place patients at risk for fractures. As we understand the epidemiology of these types of fractures, we plan to develop intervention trials to test whether we can reduce the occurrence of these fractures.

In addition to the above described work our group has help design and conduct a number of phase 1,2 and 3 clinical trials in Paget's disease of Bone and osteoporosis.

KEY WORDS:
Oteoporosis
Hip and vertebra fractures
Paget's disease of bone
Mobility impairments from metabolic bone diseases
Bisphosphonates

Education and Training

  • M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 1974

Publications

Lyles, KW, Siris, ES, Singer, FR, and Meunier, PJ. "A clinical approach to diagnosis and management of Paget's disease of bone." J Bone Miner Res 16, no. 8 (August 2001): 1379-1387. (Review)

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11499860
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Jayaraj, K, Martinez, S, Freeman, A, and Lyles, KW. "Intraosseous meningioma--a mimicry of Paget's disease?." J Bone Miner Res 16, no. 6 (June 2001): 1154-1156.

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11393793
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Lyles, KW, Siris, ES, Singer, FR, and Meunier, PJ. "Guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of the Paget's disease of the bone." Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Metabolicas Oseas 10, no. 1 (2001): 28-34.

Scholars@Duke

Lyles, KW. "Osteoporosis and depression: Shedding more light upon a complex relationship." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 49, no. 6 (2001): 827-828.

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11454124
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Colón-Emeric, C, Yballe, L, Sloane, R, Pieper, CF, and Lyles, KW. "Expert physician recommendations and current practice patterns for evaluating and treating men with osteoporotic hip fracture." J Am Geriatr Soc 48, no. 10 (October 2000): 1261-1263.

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11037013
Scholars@Duke

Colón-Emeric, CS, Sloane, R, Hawkes, WG, Magaziner, J, Zimmerman, SI, Pieper, CF, and Lyles, KW. "The risk of subsequent fractures in community-dwelling men and male veterans with hip fracture." Am J Med 109, no. 4 (September 2000): 324-326.

PMID
10996584
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Nance, MA, Nuttall, FQ, Econs, MJ, Lyles, KW, Viles, KD, Vance, JM, Pericak-Vance, MA, and Speer, MC. "Heterogeneity in Paget disease of the bone." Am J Med Genet 92, no. 5 (June 19, 2000): 303-307.

PMID
10861657
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Shipp, KM, Purse, JL, Gold, DT, Pieper, CF, Sloane, R, Schenkman, M, and Lyles, KW. "Timed loaded standing: a measure of combined trunk and arm endurance suitable for people with vertebral osteoporosis." Osteoporos Int 11, no. 11 (2000): 914-922.

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11193243
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Lyles, KW. "Ask the expert Question and Answer." Annals of Long-Term Care 8, no. 8 (2000): 86--.

Scholars@Duke

Gold, DT, Burchett, BM, Shipp, KM, Pieper, CF, and Lyles, KW. "Factors associated with self-rated health in patients with Paget's disease of bone." J Bone Miner Res 14 Suppl 2 (October 1999): 99-102.

PMID
10510224
Scholars@Duke

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