IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies closes in Miami

Osteoporosis patient societies from Brazil, China, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Russia, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam were awarded valuable grants to carry out national campaigns in the fight against osteoporosis
The 200 participants at the conference included IOF member society representatives, speakers and partners from all over the world Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States, spoke via video to the participants Keynote speaker Maureen McTeer, Patron of Osteoporosis Canada, spoke at the opening plenary session Keynote speaker and NOF Board Member Judy Black The latest developments in diagnosis and treatment were discussed by scientific experts and IOF officials (frome left): Professors Pierre D. Delmas, Jean-Yves Reginster, and Cyrus Cooper

The awards were presented at the IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies (IOF WWC) held in Miami, USA from December 11-14, 2007. This conference,
organized by IOF for its member societies every two years, is a unique opportunity for patient organizations to exchange ideas and improve their skills in working towards improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment at the national level.

Three days of intensive workshops and informative presentations on a wide variety of topics (including lobbying, education, public relations and fundraising) were followed by the presentation of various grants and awards. On December 13th, the Hellenic Osteoporosis Patient Society was awarded the IOF- Linda Edwards Memorial Award, a grant of SFr 20,000 presented to one young successful patient society every two years. Other grant winners, selected by an IOF jury, include:

 IOF-Novartis Strong Bones Academy Grants
This award, a grant of US$ 14,000 to each of three societies, supports intensive professional skills training workshops for IOF member national societies presented to:

  • Brazil: National Federation of Osteoporosis Patients Associations (FENAPCO).
  • Israel: Israeli Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Diseases (IFOB)
  • Vietnam: Vietnam Rheumatology Association

[link 262]IOF-Roche-GSK Communications Grants [/link]
Three grants of USD 10,000 each to the best communication campaigns developed by IOF member national societies presented to:

  • China: Chinese Osteoporosis Foundation of Chinese Development Foundation for Science & Technology (COF-CDFST)
  • Russian Federation: Russian Association on Osteoporosis
  • Uruguay: Uruguayan Rheumatology Society

IOF-Amgen Health Professionals Awareness Grants
Five grants of USD 10,000 each were awarded to the best awareness
program developed for health professionals by IOF member national societies presented to:

  • France: Groupe de Recherche et d'Informations sur les Ostéoporoses (GRIO)
  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong Osteoporosis Foundation
  • Italy: Lega Italiana Osteoporosi (LIOS)
  • USA: National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
  • Venezuela : Sociedad Venezolana de Menopausia y Osteoporosis (SOVEMO)

IOF thanks the corporate Gold sponsors who have supported the IOF World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies: Amgen, Eli Lilly, Novartis and Roche-GSK