IOF announces Professor John A. Kanis as new President

Foundation pays tribute to long-term President and General Secretary
IOF President Professor John A. Kanis IOF General Secretary Professor Bess Dawson-Hughes

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) announced today that Professor John A. Kanis has been elected to the role of IOF President, following recent Board elections. At the same time, the Swiss-based foundation paid tribute to Professor Pierre D. Delmas, long-time President and founding member of IOF, and IOF General Secretary Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, who announced that they would not seek re-election to Board Officer positions.

Prof. John A. Kanis received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh. After a MRC Clinical Research Fellow position at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre he became Wellcome Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was then appointed Reader in Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield, where he is currently the Emeritus Professor in Human Metabolism and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases. Prof. Kanis’ research interests are largely related to disorders of skeletal metabolism including osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, hyperparathyroidism, renal osteodystrophy and neoplasia affecting the skeleton.

He has also made a number of national and international contributions to guideline development, health technology assessment, epidemiology and health economics. Prof. Kanis holds several honorary positions including founding member and trustee of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Disease (now the International Osteoporosis Foundation), founder member of the British Menopause Society, chairman of the Finance committee of the International Bone and Mineral Society, and a WHO Advisor on Osteoporosis. He is an Editor of Bone and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He is the author of more than 800 papers, chapters and books on bone disease and metabolism. His current major interest is in the development of risk assessment algorithms and the formulation of practice guidelines in many regions of the world.

Pierre D. Delmas, as President of IOF from its launch in 1998 to April 2008, has worked tirelessly to establish the foundation’s role as a driving force in the global osteoporosis movement. It is widely recognized that thanks to his exceptional directorship, IOF has grown both in terms of membership and international impact. From an organization of 74 member society from 46 countries, IOF has developed into a truly global organization with 184 societies in some 90 locations, representing all continents. Today, the impact of IOF’s many programs in research, health professional and public education and awareness, and advocacy is felt across the world. For his work on behalf of IOF, Pierre D. Delmas was awarded the first IOF Medal of Achievement in 2006.

Jean-Yves Reginster, founding Board Member and General Secretary, has contributed greatly to the IOF, offering his influential support on behalf of IOF’s many widespread public and health professional education programs.

IOF is fortunate that it can continue to rely on the expertise of Professors Delmas and Reginster as dedicated and active members of the Board.

IOF also announced that Professor Bess Dawson-Hughes was elected General Secretary. She is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University and Director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

Treasurer of IOF is Professor René Rizzoli. He is presently professor of medicine at the University Hospitals of Geneva, and head of the service of bone diseases of the department of rehabilitation and geriatrics, of which he is also the chairman.