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Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS)

Jordanian International Symposium on Osteoporosis
held in Amman

Opening of the the First Jordanian National Osteoporosis Record. From left to right: Dr. Basel Masri, HE Jean-Michel Casa (French ambassador in Amman) Mr. Said Darawazeh (Jordanian Minster of Health), Prof. Pierre D. Delmas and Prof. Efteem Azar

The results of an important study were announced at a one-day conference on May 30, 2005 at the Marriott Amman. The conference was held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania al-Abdullah.

The symposium, organized by Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS) was held to announce the results of a uniquely significant study, the First Jordanian National Osteoporosis Record (FiJoNOR).
FiJoNOR is a scientific epidemiological survey carried out by JOPS on 821 women ranging in age from 20-89 years who were randomly selected using criteria prepared by the Jordanian Department of Statistics, with the collaboration of IOF President Prof. Pierre D. Delmas and his team at INSERM unit 403 of Lyon, France.

The purpose of the survey was to establish the normal values of BMD and clinical osteoporotic risk factors in Jordanian females as well as to determine the prevalence of osteoporosis among the postmenopausal population in Jordan. Currently, the values used to determine normal BMD are based on studies on white women from the USA and Europe. FIJoNOR will establish data which can be useful for other Arab Middle Eastern countries. Another three endpoints will be obtained:
a. The prevalence of osteoporosis among the postmenopausal population in Jordan. The BMD of a sample of postmenopausal women in the Jordanian population would help provide an acceptable estimation of the number of asymptomatic women (who did not experience characteristic fracture) present with the disease.
b. The exhaustive questionnaire might help uncover a specific risk factor that could be useful for preventive measures.
c. To establish the normal values of bone mineral density at the lumbar spine and proximal femur in females 20-89 years of age in Jordan.

Also participating in the event were President of IOF Prof. Pierre Delmas, IOF CEO Dr. Dan Navid, Prof. John A. Kanis (Board member of IOF), and Dr. Ghassan Maalouf (Board member of IOF). At the local level, the main researchers in the study, Dr. Basel Masri (President of JOPS) and Dr. Efteem Azar, as well as Dr. Ahmad Faqih (Jordan University) and Dr. Jihad Haddad presented and discussed the data.


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