IOF President recognized by the College of Physicians of the Academy of Medicine in Singapore

Prof Cyrus Cooper receiving memorial lecturer plaque from Prof. Chan Choong Meng
Prof. Cooper presenting the Dr. Seah Cheng Siang Memorial Lecture in Singapore
From left: Dr Manju Chandran, Prof. Cyrus Cooper, Prof. Chan Choon Meng, Prof. Toh Hang Chong
Professor Cooper and Dr Chandran with His Excellency Scott Wightman (right)
While in Singapore to present the prestigious Dr. Seah Cheng Siang Memorial Lecture, IOF’s President meets with the High Commissioner of the UK and is interviewed on BBC World News for a special segment on osteoporosis.

Professor Cyrus Cooper, President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), was named 2018 Dr Seah Cheng Siang Memorial Lecturer of the College of Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore. He received this prestigious honour in recognition of his outstanding worldwide scientific contributions to medicine, specifically in the bone field .

Presented at the Academy’s Gala Dinner in Singapore on September 17, 2018, the Memorial Lecture is named after one of Singapore’s most renowned physicians, Dr Seah Cheng Siang (1922-1990).

Following his visit, Professor Cooper stated:

I’d like to thank the Singapore College of Physicians for this great honour – it was a privilege to be recognized and to have the opportunity to discuss osteoporosis and fracture prevention on this occasion.”

Professor Cooper also thanked Dr Manju Chandran, IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors Member, Chairperson, Chapter of Endocrinologists, College of Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore and Director of the Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit at Singapore General Hospital, for her initiative in arranging a reception with the British High Commissioner to Singapore - His Excellency Mr Scott Wightman, as well as an interview on BBC World’s popular Newsday programme.

View BBC Newsday Interview with Professor Cyrus Cooper

Interviewed by Newsday anchor Rico Hizon, Professor Cooper replied to questions about risk factors for osteoporosis, the relative burden of osteoporosis on women versus men, lifestyle measures to help prevent the disease, and the evolution of new diagnostic and treatment options. He also highlighted IOF’s signature Capture the Fracture® programme and its mission to improve secondary fracture prevention worldwide.

Dr Chandran commented:

I am confident that osteoporosis awareness in the Asia Pacific has been given a big boost thanks to this interview on BBC World, which has tremendous outreach throughout the region and around the globe.”

It is expected that the number of people aged 65 and over in the Asia-Pacific will triple by the year 2050. This is the demographic at greatest risk of fragility fractures due to osteoporosis, and consequently the region’s healthcare authorities are increasingly aware of the need for preventive strategies. As well as its promotion of fracture liaison services through its Capture the Fracture programme, IOF’s targeted efforts in the region include regional training courses and congresses. The next regional meeting, the IOF Regional Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Conference, will be held in Sydney, Australia from November 29-December 1, 2018. It is expected to draw close to 1000 clinicians from throughout the region.