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Irish Osteoporosis Society

Irish Osteoporosis Society Conference

The Irish Osteoporosis Society organised a conference entitled “An Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporotic Fractures” on February 10th and 11th 2004. The conference, held in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham in Dublin, was the inspired idea of Prof. David Marsh, Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Queens University Belfast. The conference was made possible by the cooperation and support of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, National Osteoporosis Society, Irish Orthopaedic Association, British Orthopaedic Association and the Irish Osteoporosis Society. The major sponsor was Aventis and P&G Pharmaceuticals.

The conference brought together speakers from the fields of bioengineering, general practice, geriatrics, nursing, orthopaedics and rheumatology from Australia, Israel, Italy, the UK and Ireland. In her welcome to the delegates, Prof. Moira O’Brien, President of the Irish Osteoporosis Society, emphasised the importance of an integrated approach in the fight against osteoporosis, stating that “Osteoporosis is a silent disease. The first sign of osteoporosis is usually a minimal trauma fracture, which is seen by an orthopaedic surgeon. Early identification and treatment of osteoporosis is imperative to preventing further fractures occurring.”

Minister Ivor Callely, Minister of State with responsibility of older people at the Department of Health & Children, opened the conference, stating that the “inter-disciplinary team-based approach to primary care provision…has application to the prevention and treatment of osteoporotic fractures. In this way Ireland will, I hope, be in a position to ensure that known ways of reducing the risk of this disease are widely promoted.”

Greeting Mrs. Parker Bowles on her arrival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham were (from left) John McLaughlin, Managing Director, Aventis, Mary Anderson, Board Member, IOF, Síle De Valera, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education & Science, and Prof. Moira O'Brien, President, IOS.

The conference ended with a charity lunch in aid of the Irish Osteoporosis Society. The IOS was delighted that Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles, President of the National Osteoporosis Society, attended the lunch and launched a new osteoporosis video and workbook for secondary schools in Ireland. The video and workbook project was a collaborative initiative between the Health Promotion Units of the Northern Area, South Western Area and East Coast Area Health Boards, the Department of Education & Science and the Irish Osteoporosis Society. It was funded by the Women’s Health Unit of the Northern Area Health Board. The lunch was also attended by Minister of State Síle De Valera of the Department of Education & Science, Mary Anderson, board member of the IOF, Geraldine Byrne, Patron of the IOS, and the Presidents of the Irish, British and Scottish Orthopaedic Associations.


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