Dr Elise Feng-I Morgan of Boston University receives 2005 IOF-Servier Young Investigator Award

Dr Elise Feng-i Morgan, of Boston University, today received the prestigious 2005 IOF-Servier Young Investigator Award, during the 2006 IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis (IOF WCO) in Toronto, Canada. Dr Morgan, who is Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, at Boston University, USA, won this award for her proposal to use three-dimensional visualization to understand how spine fractures start and progress, and then to test models to predict vertebral fracture. "Dr Feng-i Morgan's project to use the latest techniques from aerospatial and mechanical engineering to understand how vertebrae fracture, caught the judges attention as it will contribute to widening our knowledge of osteoporosis," said Professor Pierre Delmas, President, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

The IOF-Servier Young Investigator Award helps to increase awareness and understanding of osteoporosis and to encourage young scientists, under the age of 40, to continue their work in this field. The award is supported by the Servier Research Group in partnership with IOF, providing Euro 40,000 towards original research of significant value and international relevance in the field of osteoporosis.

More than 30 entries were received for the 2005 IOF-Servier Young Investigator Award.

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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, 35 oral presentations and more than 680 poster presentation selected from 720 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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