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Consejo Dominicano Contra la Osteoporosis

Successful IOF Advanced Training Course in Osteoporosis for Latin America held in the Dominican Republic

Some 100 physicians from eight countries attended the first IOF Latin American Advanced Training Course in Osteoporosis held in the Dominican Republic in February 2004. The course was organized by IOF Board Members Gregorio Riera and José Zanchetta with the support of two IOF member societies - the Consejo Dominicano de Lucha contra la Osteoporosis and the Fundacion Dominicana de Enfermedades Metabolicas, Menopausia y Osteoporosis. The Latin American course mirrors the English-language courses held each year by IOF in Lyon France and is the first action in IOF's planned program to improve public awareness and professional knowledge of osteoporosis in Latin America.

The course was made possible with the generous grants provided by pharmaceutical companies, including Farma Group from Central America, Dominican Republic and Venezuela; Aventis from Central America and Brazil; MSD from Dominican Republic; Leti from Venezuela, Gynopharm from Venezuela and Sued from Dominican Republic.

Juan Carlos Vargas, MD, chair of the Consejo Dominicano Contra la Osteoporosis was one of the speakers at the IOF Training Course.

IOF board members Jose Zanchetta (centre) and Gregorio Riera (right) organized the congress together with the two IOF member societies from the Dominican Republic - shown here with the enthusiastic course staff.

Professorial speakers at the conference

The Training Course was also used successfully to generate media interest for osteoporosis. A press conference was held, followed by two television interviews (including one on prime time television) and numerous reports in local newspapers.

IOF board member and congerence organizer Gregorio Riera being interviewed on Sunday night prime time television by well known TV hostess Jatna Tavares


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