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IOF Regionals Taipei '14Clinicians and researchers from more than 38 countries participated in the IOF Regionals 5th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, held from November 14–16, 2014 in Taipei. The Meeting was hosted in cooperation with the Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association (TOA). The key regional event focused on the latest prevention and management strategies in the fight against osteoporosis and related diseases, while offering researchers an international platform for their new clinical research. The Taipei meeting followed in the tradition of previous Asia-Pacific Meetings held in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia, as well as other regional IOF meetings held in Latin America and the Middle East.

Awards and Mentoring Programme recognize research excellence by young scientists in the region

Awarded Young Investigators in TaipeiResearchers from Australia, Hong Kong/China, Malaysia, and Singapore received IOF Young Investigators Awards at the IOF Regionals 5th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Taipei. The award winning research studies, submitted by investigators aged 40 years or younger, were selected from more than 150 abstract submissions to the Taipei meeting. The Award comprises 1000 USD, a certificate, and the opportunity to present the research at a high profile oral communications session.

Rong-Sen Yang
As revealed in the landmark Asia-Pacific Regional Audit, the region must prepare for an enormous increase in musculoskeletal diseases and fragility fractures. A forum such as the Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting is an important component in the fight against these diseases.
Rong-Sen Yang, Meeting Co-Chair, and immediate past President, Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association

IOF-ISCD Skeletal Health Meeting

The IOF-ISCD Skeletal Health Orlando 2014 meeting took place at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, Orlando, Florida on February 20–22, 2014. This joint event by IOF and ISCD was held in partnership with IOF members in the region: Osteoporosis Canada (OC), California Hispanic Osteoporosis Foundation (CHOF), Osteometabolic Brazilian Orthopedic Association (ABOOM), Brazilian Association of Bone Assessment and Metabolism (ABRASSO), Mexican Association of Bone and Mineral Metabolism (AMMOM). The Meeting attracted 513 participants from 37 countries and 109 abstracts from 25 countries.

Latin America spotlight

Health-care professionals in Latin America benefit from dynamic bone health courses organized by IOF’s Latin American regional office in cooperation with member societies in the region. The focus has been on courses dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of bone and muscle health and early prevention at all ages. New courses were introduced in 2014:

IOF Course on Children’s Bone Health - Update Courses

Held for the 13th time, this popular course was hosted in Guadalajara city (México) in 2014. The high demand for the course reflects the regional interest in promoting paediatric bone health, an important component of early osteoporosis prevention. The course provides expert information for health-care professionals, covering topics such as vitamin D, measuring bone mass and identifying the causes and clinical management of osteoporosis in children. Due to strong demand, condensed ‘update’ symposia were held for the first time in Lima and México D.F. in 2014, targeted to paediatric specialists.

IOF Tour: Updates on Osteoporosis in Latin America

In 2014 a new international seminar was developed to complement the key learnings of the IOF Advanced Training Course on Osteoporosis, which has been held 11 times throughout the region since 2006. The first ‘IOF Tour’, held in Buenos Aires, focused on hot topics in the field and latest treatment challenges in clinical practice. Allowing for debate and interactive discussion with the experts, the programme aims to provide continuous up-to-date information on state-of-the-art clinical practices in the management of pre- and post-menopausal osteoporosis.