IOF Rare Skeletal Disease Course in Israel: a great success

The course was the third edition IOF’s series of global educational sessions on skeletal rare diseases in cooperation with its member societies.

A Rare Skeletal Disease course held on March 14-15 in Tel Aviv was very successful with 120 participants attending from many disciplines. Participants included endocrinologists and paediatric endocrinologists, as well as orthopaedists, radiologists, geneticists among other specialists. All benefited from an instructive, interactive two-day course which gave important insights into the diagnosis and management of rare skeletal diseases such as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, among others.

Hosted by the Israel Endocrine Society and the Israeli Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone Diseases (IFOB), the course was co-Chaired by Prof Maria-Luisa Brandi and Dr Liana Tripto-Shkolnik. Speakers included Prof Socartes Papapolulos, Prof Neveen Hamdy and Prof Uri Liberman, as well as Prof Maria-Luisa Brandi. Dr Manju Chandran was also present to participate in Challenging Cases discussions.
The course was overall very much appreciated due to the presence and involvement of the above-mentioned key opinion leaders. In addition, local specialists found that they were able to engage in fruitful multidisciplinary discussions.

IOF looks forward to further courses in the future as it strengthens its commitment to progress in research and education in skeletal rare diseases. IOF hosts a web-based resource on skeletal rare disorders, a source of detailed information on the main rare diseases that affect the skeleton, outlined in four subcategories. There have been more than 60,000 page views since its launch, testifying to the need for information in the field among healthcare professionals and researchers worldwide.