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GLOBAL CALL FOR OSTEOPOROSIS ABSTRACTS

SUBMISSION DEADLINE DECEMBER 6, 2005

Nyon, Switzerland
September 15, 2005

Abstracts are now being accepted for the only global congress dedicated specifically to all aspects of osteoporosis. The deadline for abstracts is December 6, 2005.

Over 5,000 osteoporosis specialists and allied health professionals are expected to attend the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, to be held from June 2-6, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. The event will provide a comprehensive overview of new developments, ranging from the latest data on all aspects of basic and clinical osteoporosis research, new developments in bone cell biology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. In addition, numerous presentations will focus on new drugs which can prevent bone loss and reduce fracture occurrence for patients with osteoporosis.

Research must not have been previously presented nor published prior to the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto, June 2-6, 2006.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis program and abstracts book which is to be published as a supplement to the scientific journal Osteoporosis International.

Online abstract submission is now available on the IOF website:
www.osteofound.org/wco/2006/call_for_abstracts.php

ENDS

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 170 member societies in 84 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. Visit www.osteofound.org

International Osteoporosis Foundation 2005 Osteoporosis Journalism Awards
These awards recognize outstanding print reporting about osteoporosis. With prizes of USD 17,000, the closing date for award entries is January 31, 2006. For more information please go to IOF website journalism award.

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: psochaczewski@osteofound.org

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