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Capacity to diagnose osteoporosis doubles in Armenia
Date:10/5/2011

sionals have benefited from annual osteoporosis symposia, organized and directed by Dr. John P. Bilezikian, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University. This year's symposium attracted record participation from more than 350 clinicians and allied health professionals. International speakers at the Symposium included Professor John Kanis, President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), Professor Bilezikian, and Samuel Badalian, Professor and Chair, Dep't of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York, and Sara Takii, DPT and President of the Armenian International Institute of Physical Therapy, Bakersfield, California.

The Symposium included presentations and discussions on a broad array of topics including diagnosis of osteoporosis, FRAX, nutrition, exercise and treatment. Participants were given comprehensive presentations of osteoporosis and its management with the goal to translate this knowledge to better care of patients who either have or are at risk for osteoporosis. Three local Armenian physicians presented their work based upon the three instruments that have been in the country for the past several years. The hope is that with 6 DXA units, a database can be created to describe the Armenian population in such a way that this knowledge can be used for the FRAX risk assessment tool.

Professor Bilezikian, who is deeply committed to the education and awareness of osteoporosis in Armenia, and has been primarily responsible for this and the previous symposia as well as for the Hologic DXA donations, stated, "I am pleased that these Symposia have served to improve knowledge of osteoporosis and its management in the country. I would also like to thank Hologic for their generous donation of the new DXA machines. The increased availability of this technology will have a great impact on the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in Armenia."


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Contact: L. Misteli
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International Osteoporosis Foundation
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