BoneBlast September 2013


New systematic review of vitamin D status in populations worldwide

A new review with IOF participation is one of the first to focus on patterns of vitamin D status worldwide and in key population subgroups, using consistent values for 25(OH)D. More than one-third of the studies reviewed reported mean serum 25(OH)D values below 50 nmol/l.

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DO-HEALTH study achieves recruitment milestone

The DO-HEALTH study is on target in achieving the 25% recruitment milestone. DO-HEALTH is a large European multi-centre clinical trial which seeks to provide evidence for the effectiveness of vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and physical exercise in preventing chronic diseases and improving quality of life in seniors.

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IOF MeetingsNovember 14 – 15, 2013
IOF Osteoporosis Update
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

December 12 – 15, 2013
IOF Regionals: 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting
Hong Kong
Early bird: October 11, 2013

February 5 – 7, 2014
IOF Advanced Training Course on Osteoporosis
Geneva, Switzerland
Now with lower rates!

February 20 – 22, 2014
IOF-ISCD Skeletal Health Orlando 2014
Orlando, Florida, USA

New low rates for IOF Advanced Training Course on Osteoporosis

IOF Advanced Training Course on Osteoporosis

Learn the latest in the clinical management of osteoporosis at IOF’s comprehensive 2 ½ day course scheduled for February 5-7, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Register for only 750 CHF (for early-bird registrants, non-industry rates) - rate includes lunches and coffee breaks.

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SCOPE- Scorecard for Osteoporosis in Europe

SCOPE now available

The complete paper has now been published in Archives of Osteoporosis and can be downloaded together with the one-page Scorecard. SCOPE compares and provides a benchmark for Europeans to assess how well their country performs in regard to government policy on osteoporosis, and access to risk assessment and medications.

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Calling young investigators in the bone field!

Calling young investigators

The IOF-Servier Young Investigator Research Grant will award 40,000 EUR towards original research of international relevance in the field of osteoporosis. Applicants must be aged 40 or under at the time of submission. Don’t miss your chance!
Deadline for applications: November 15, 2013

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Osteoporosis Essentials – Host or attend a course near you

Osteoporosis Essentials Course

Demand is high for the new IOF and ISCD course, available to interested local organizers worldwide. The Course syllabus covers the latest knowledge on densitometry, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, with separate tracks for Clinicians and Technologists (optional post-course exam for an Attestation of Achievement).

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Download your World Osteoporosis Day posters

World Osteoporosis Day 2013

October 20, World Osteoporosis Day, is fast approaching. Help us raise awareness of postmenopausal women’s bone health, the focus of this year’s campaign, by displaying posters in your clinic or hospital.

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Let us know about your World Osteoporosis Day events

World Osteoporosis Day 2013 events

Are you planning to hold a public, media, or health professional event for World Osteoporosis Day? Let us know and we’ll post information on Contact to submit your event.

Coinciding with this year’s World Osteoporosis Day campaign, IOF has launched the Women of Steel project. Each month, IOF will select and highlight one woman who is a role model of strength, inside and out. To find out more about the programme and how to nominate the Women of Steel in your life, please visit