Record number of abstracts submitted for largest scientific congress devoted to osteoporosis

Media briefing schedule announced, highlights include latest research results, lifestyle impacts, bone and space symposium and women leaders roundtable

The IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis (IOF WCO), the world's largest scientific congress devoted specifically to the bone disease osteoporosis, opens on Friday June 2, 2006 in Toronto, Canada.

Professor Rene Rizzoli, chairman of the IOF WCO Scientific Committee, noted that this year's congress attracted 720 abstracts, more than twice the number of the previous congress held in 2004 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On June 2, 2006, in one of the Congress highlights, space explorers and earth-bound medical experts will examine the links between immobility and bone health at the Bone Research in Space Symposium. Canadian physician and astronaut Dr. Dave Williams, who is the first Canadian to have lived in both the ocean and space, is one of the panel of Symposium experts.

As part of the 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, to be held in conjunction with the Toronto Congress, nine prominent women from around the world will call for action by policy makers, health professionals and individuals to fight the silent epidemic of osteoporosis. The women come from the fields of public service, journalism, medicine, fashion, philanthropy, the arts and sport.

Themes to be covered during the five-day International Osteoporosis Foundation World Congress on Osteoporosis include 35 oral presentations and more than 680 poster presentations that focus on nutrition, smoking and exercise and osteoporosis; osteoporosis diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology and health economics issues; pregnancy, infancy and osteoporosis; osteoporosis in men, and stone age and space age bones – what they have in common. Eleven Satellite Symposia will present the latest in pharmaceutical research. IOF WCO website http://www.osteofound.org/wco/2006/index.php

The schedule for daily media briefings which will take place during the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis:
Date: Friday June 2, 2006
Time: 15:15-16:15

  • Ego Seeman – 2006 IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis Scientific Highlights
  • Dave Williams – Space travel, immobility and bone health
  • Maureen McTeer – Osteoporosis – A Canadian perspective – 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable
  • Justine Pasek – Osteoporosis – A Latin American perspective – 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable

Date: Saturday June 3, 2006
Time: 12:15-13:15
  • John Kanis – WHO Criteria for indications to treatment
  • Pierre Delmas – Diagnosis update
  • Socrates Papapoulos – Treatment update
  • Thierry Chevalley – Influence of care in nursing home

Date: Sunday June 4, 2006
Time: 12:15-13:15
  • Florent Richy – Adherence problems
  • Patricia Clark – Health economics and epidemiology
  • Jane Cauley – Osteoporosis in Men
  • Cyrus Cooper – Infancy, Childhood, Maternal health and osteoporosis

Date: Monday June 5, 2006
Time: 12:15-13:15
  • Mary Bouxsein / Yi-Hsiang Hsu – Osteoporosis and smoking
  • Steve Boonen – Nutrition and osteoporosis
  • Marjo Lehtonen-Veromaa – Exercise and bone density

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Osteoporosis, in which the bones become porous and break easily, is one of the world's most common and debilitating diseases. The result: pain, loss of movement, inability to perform daily chores, and in many cases, death. One out of three women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will one out of five men 1, 2, 3. Unfortunately, screening for people at risk is far from being a standard practice. Osteoporosis can, to a certain extent, be prevented, it can be easily diagnosed and effective treatments are available.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the only worldwide organization dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis. It brings together scientists, physicians, patient societies and corporate partners. Working with its 172 member societies in 85 locations, and other healthcare-related organizations around the world, IOF encourages awareness and prevention, early detection and improved treatment of osteoporosis.

1 Melton U, Chrischilles EA, Cooper C et al. How many women have osteoporosis? Journal of Bone Mineral Research, 1992; 7:1005-10
2 Kanis JA et al. Long-term risk of osteoporotic fracture in Malmo. Osteoporosis International, 2000; 11:669-674
3. Melton LJ, et al. Bone density and fracture risk in men. JBMR. 1998; 13:No 12:1915

IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, held every two years, is the only global congress dedicated specifically to all aspects of osteoporosis. Besides the opportunity to learn about the latest science and developments in diagnosis, treatment and the most recent socio-economic studies, participants have the chance to meet and exchange ideas with other physicians from around the world. All aspects of osteoporosis will be covered during the Congress which will comprise lectures by invited speakers presenting cutting edge research in the field, and a large number of oral presentations and poster sessions selected from submitted abstracts. More than 70 Meet the Expert Sessions covering many practical aspects of diagnosis and management of osteoporosis are also on the program.

For more information on osteoporosis and IOF please visit: www.osteofound.org

For further information, please contact: Paul Spencer Sochaczewski, Head of Communications, International Osteoporosis Foundation: Tel. +41 22 994 0100 - Fax. +41 22 994 0101 - E-mail: IOFnews@osteofound.org
or
Andrew Leopold, Weber Shandwick Worldwide
400-207 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Tel: +1 416 964 6444, E-mail: aleopold@webershandwick.com


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