IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis 2004,
Rio de Janeiro
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Scientific Program

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Theme, Objectives, Target Audience

As the leading international conference in the field, the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis offers clinicians and scientists from around the world an overview of the most recent developments and cutting-edge research in the pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis as well as policy-related issues such as health economics. The Congress also represents a unique opportunity for stimulating interaction, not just for research specialists, but also for practitioners and other clinical health professionals who can profit from the exchange of information provided in numerous Meet the Expert Sessions

The scope of the Congress covers all aspects of osteoporosis and related bone diseases. Participants will include rheumatologists, gynaecologists, endocrinologists, internal medicine specialists, orthopaedic surgeons, radiologists, nurses, rehabilitation professionals, public health personnel, epidemiologists, pharmacists, and pharmaceutical industry representatives.

Plenary Lectures

There will be eleven plenary lectures. Each lecture will be dedicated to a single theme and will feature an invited speaker along with oral communications selected from submitted abstracts.

Poster Sessions

All submitted abstracts not scheduled for oral presentation will be eligible for poster presentation.

Late Breaking News

Tuesday June 6, 2006 – Session VII

A Late Breaking News Session will be organized in order to allow-up-to-the-minute research developments to be presented to the participants. Abstracts submission deadline for “late breaking news” is April 3, 2006.


Accepted abstracts will be published in the IOF World Congress on osteoporosis Program & Abstracts Book which is to be published as a supplement to the Scientific journal Osteoporosis International.

Bone Research in Space Symposium

A special seminar will examine the role of weightlessness on bones, a subject that is relevant to better treating bed-ridden patients who are unable to exercise. It is the first time that such an event has been held in conjunction with a major medical congress. The session is organized for IOF by the International Space Life Sciences Working Group (ISLSWG), with the Canadian Space Agency acting as coordinator. ISLSWG was established to enhance worldwide cooperation in space life sciences, and involves the space agencies of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Ukraine and the United States.

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Satellite Symposia and Special Breakfast Symposia

There will be seven Satellite Symposia and three Special Breakfast Symposia, each focused on separate topics.

Meet the Expert Sessions

Each day from Saturday June 3 to Monday June 5, specialists will lead exchanges on 37 key topics. Small groups, on a first come first served basis, will be encouraged to not only ask questions but to also provide feedback about their own experiences. The topics discussed will be:

  • Actions to make osteoporosis a priority on payers healthcare agenda
  • Bisphosphonates in renal osteodystrophy
  • Bone architecture, matrix properties and fracture risk
  • Bone anabolic treatments and its monitoring
  • Bone growth in childhood and adolescence
  • Burden of osteoporosis and health economics
  • Calcium and vitamin D in osteoporosis management
  • Case-solving studies
  • Cancer treatment induced bone loss
  • Clinical aspects of osteoporosis in the oldest old
  • Combination or sequential therapy in osteoporosis
  • Compliance to osteoporosis therapy
  • Corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis
  • Cost-utility of anabolic treatment
  • Cost-utility of osteoporosis treatment
  • Current management of osteoarthritis
  • Disuse, low gravity and bone
  • Epidemiology and health impact of osteoarthritis
  • Epidemiology of osteoporosis: study design
  • Evaluation of quality of life
  • Future treatments for osteoporosis
  • Genetic aspects of osteoporosis
  • How long should we treat?
  • What makes a successful Osteoporosis strategy?
    A model for Government and Societies
  • Management of osteoporosis before menopause
  • Management of osteoporosis imperfecta in adults
  • New therapeutic targets in osteoporosis
  • Nutrition counselling of osteoporotic patients
  • Osteoporosis in men
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Physical rehabilitation and prevention of falls
  • Place of HRT in the management of osteoporosis
  • Post-fracture management
  • Practical use of biochemical markers
  • Practical use of osteodensitometry
  • Secondary causes of osteoporosis
  • Vertebral fracture assessment

See Meet the Expert Sessions: schedule and speakers

Ancillary Program: Special Session for Allied Health Professionals

Much of the burden of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis patients falls to health professionals who are not physicians -nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians/nutritionists, and occupational therapists. For the first time at an IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis, a special session will be held for these allied health professionals, with speakers familiar with their respective needs and challenges.

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