Artwork by Dr. Morales-Torres underlines the IOF vision of ‘No more broken bones’

IOF thanks IOF member Jorge Morales-Torres for the generous donation of two paintings. As abstract representations of fractures, the artwork reminds us all that we must take action to prevent broken bones due to osteoporosis.

Artistic talent combined with a deep commitment to osteoporosis and fracture prevention makes Dr. Jorge Morales-torres a visionary ambassador for bone health. The IOF CSA member and former president of the Asociacion Mexicana del Metabolismo Oseo y Mineral (AMMOM) – a CNS member society – has generously donated two impactful paintings entitled ‘No more’ to IOF. The paintings are displayed at IOF headquarters.

IOF CEO Philippe Halbout stated:

We are very grateful to Dr Morales Torres for the donation of these impressive works of art, which so clearly reflect the IOF message of ‘No more broken bones’. They will certainly be an inspiration to IOF staff every day, reminding us of our key mission – the fight against osteoporosis and resulting fractures, which represent an enormous and devastating human and social burden worldwide."

Dr. Morales-Torres describes his motivation and the concept behind his artwork:

“I am an old Rheumatologist, involved in (and in love with) treating patients daily for some 40 years now and taking painting lessons for the last 13 years. The subject of my paintings has been mainly the human figure, and with my professional distortion of reality, many of my works deal with musculoskeletal health. I have donated pictures to both the Mexican College of Rheumatology (a hand with osteoarthritis entitled “Who’s number one?”) and to the Mexican Association of Bone and Mineral Metabolism -AMMOM (an abstract representation of trabecular bone entitled “You should know how to get there” following the words of a Mexican popular song). In an earlier work I depicted a lady with a back deformed as a result of vertebral fractures, entitled “Nobody warned me”.

When I decided to paint something with the idea to donate it to IOF, I was following an already known path: a concept, an idea of how to represent it and a decision on technical matters (materials, colors, objects, message, etc.). That´s how the diptych “No more” was originated. Painting is basically a non-verbal practice. It is a form of art, deeply personal and yet communal. A personal vision that appeals to the mind and feelings of the beholder. In this case, that vision looks forward to bringing sensory associations to a message. The words “No more” in different languages, underlying abstract representations of fractures, are in line with IOF’s vision of a world without fragility fractures. Although these images might be better understood by health professionals than by the general public, the message communicated is the same: each of us should do something to decrease the burden of osteoporosis.”

Dr Jorge Morales-Torres, is a Board-Certified Rheumatologist and Certified Clinical Densitometrist. He has been Professor of Medicine at Facultad de Medicina de León, of the Universidad de Guanajuato since 1980; has headed the Clínica de Osteoporosis at Hospital Aranda de la Parra since 1991. He was President of Sociedad Mexicana de Reumatología on 1991-92 and is a Founding Member and also President (2001-2003) of Asociación Mexicana del Metabolismo Óseo y Mineral AC (AMMOM). Has been a member of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors for over 12 years. Dr Morales Torres been involved in research projects on the epidemiology of osteoporosis, as well as its association with rheumatic diseases, nutrition, social aspects and educational interventions on bone health and sarcopenia. Currently he continues treating patients as a Consultant in Rheumatology at Hospital Aranda de la Parra; holds the position of Director and Principal Investigator at Morales Vargas Centro de Investigación. Dr Morales Torres is author of over 100 scientific publications; over 30 book chapters and is an Associate  Editor of  Reumatología Clínica and Clinical Rheumatology.