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IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Bangkok to address Asian issues

With projections indicating that more than 50% of all osteoporotic hip fractures will occur in Asia by the year 2050, the prevention and treatment of osteoporotic fractures has become a major health concern in the region.

The IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis (IOF WCO), to be held for the first time in Asia, is an ideal opportunity for health professionals in the region to attend the leading global congress devoted to all aspects of osteoporosis and related bone diseases.

The program will feature sessions of special interest to health professionals (particularly orthopaedists) as well as to journalists and policy officials:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, from 13.00 14.30

IOF Asian Osteoporosis Audit: This media event will provide a preliminary look at an upcoming IOF report on the status of osteoporosis and its prevention and management in Asian countries. Speakers include Professors Ambrish Mithal (India) and Edith Lau (China-Hong Kong) and John Kanis (IOF President).

The public health aspects of osteoporosis will also be the focus of a Meet-the-Expert Session to be led by Professor Edith Lau on December 5 and 6, "Public Health Impact and Prevention of Osteoporosis Fractures in Asia".

Special sessions focused on orthopaedics and fracture repair will include:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, from 13.00 14.30

Orthopaedic Session: Asian Perspective

  • Introduction, Suthorn Bavonratanavech, Thailand
  • The Orthopaedic Challenge: Impact on our Daily Business, Toshitaka Nakamura, Japan
  • Fracture Healing Research, Arata Nakajima, Japan
  • Vertebral Fractures in Asia: The Role of Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty in their Management, Ping-Chung Leung, Hong Kong, China

Saturday December 6, 2008 from 17.15 18.45

Building Bridges in Bone Health: the Cell, the Tissue, the Patient and Policy

Orthopaedic Symposium organized by Thai Osteoporosis Foundation in collaboration with Novartis. Chaired by Suthorn Bavonratanavech and David Marsh

Session 1 between fragments

  • Fracture Healing in Elderly Patients, Thomas A. Einhorn, U.S.A.
  • Is Implant Anchorage Different? Jrg Goldhahn, Switzerland
  • Is Treatment Strategy Different? Mathias P. Bostrom, U.S.A.

Session 2 between specialties

  • Co-Diagnostics with Radiologists, Harry K. Genant, U.S.A.
  • Co-work with the Physician, Peter Burckhardt, Switzerland
  • Co-Management with the Geriatrician, Amy Hoang-Kim, Italy

Session 3 between doctors and patients

  • How to Deliver Care, David Marsh, U.K.
  • How to Rehabilitate Elderly Patients, Kristina kesson, Sweden
  • How to Prevent the Next Fracture, David Little, Australia


Contact: Laura Misteli
International Osteoporosis Foundation

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