Professor Cyrus Cooper announced as new IOF President

Cyrus Cooper and John Kanis
Professor Cyrus Cooper (left) presents Professor John A. Kanis with a commemorative gift at the IOF General Meeting in Florence.
John A. Kanis, International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) President since 2008, has stepped down, passing on the distinguished role to President-elect Cyrus Cooper. As Honorary President, Professor Kanis will continue to support IOF in the position of elected Board member and member of the Executive Committee.

There was a standing ovation in appreciation of Professor John A. Kanis, who announced his resignation as IOF President at the recent IOF Committee Meetings in Florence.  Professor Kanis has stepped down, effective March 27th 2017, after almost a decade at the helm of the Foundation. As IOF Honorary President, he will continue to play a pivotal role in guiding IOF, both as an elected Board member of IOF, within the Executive Committee, and while continuing to serve as Editor-in-Chief for the IOF journal Osteoporosis International.

Professor Cyrus Cooper stated:

We owe a debt of gratitude to John Kanis, whose tenure saw the Foundation grow and advance in so many ways. Under his leadership the Foundation became a truly global entity with equitable regional representation in governance. It is now a leading reference within the bone field, with enormous influence in science and advocacy. With 237 patient and medical society members under its umbrella, and numerous world-class programmes, IOF plays a key role in medical education and patient outreach. All these achievements are largely due to John Kanis’ leadership since 2008.”

Professor Cyrus Cooper leads an internationally competitive programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. Key research contributions have included the discovery of the developmental influences which contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in late adulthood; demonstration that maternal vitamin D insufficiency is associated with sub-optimal bone mineral accrual in childhood; characterization of the definition and incidence rates of vertebral fractures; and leadership of large randomized controlled trials of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in the elderly as immediate preventative strategies against hip fracture. Professor Cooper, formerly Chairman of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors, is also Chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network; Associate Director of Research at the University of Southampton Medical School; and Associate Editor of the journal Osteoporosis International. He has published over 630 research papers on osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders and has been identified recently as among the 400 most influential biomedical researchers worldwide and one of the highest ranked within the bone field.

Among other organizational changes announced, the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors (CSA) will see a change in its Chairmanship. Professor Serge Ferrari, formerly vice-chair, will now Chair the CSA and Professor Nicholas Harvey has been appointed CSA Vice-Chair.

IOF General Secretary Professor Bess Dawson-Hughes added:

As an organization we are incredibly fortunate that the reins of leadership have been passed from one distinguished leader in the bone field to another. In his capacity as Chair of the Committee of Scientific Advisors, and member of the Executive Committee, Cyrus Cooper has a deep understanding of the organization and the challenges facing the musculoskeletal field. There is no doubt that IOF will continue to grow and advance under his wise leadership in the years to come.”