Successful 3rd IOF-Middle East Training Course on Osteoporosis

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The 3rd IOF-Middle East Training Course on Osteoporosis (IOF-METCOP) was held in the Grand Hills Village, Broumana, Lebanon from the 7th to the 8th of December 2007.

The 3rd IOF-Middle East Training Course on Osteoporosis (IOF-METCOP) was held in   Lebanon from the 7th to the 8th of December 2007. As in past years this successful course featured outstanding international and local speakers.Once again, the METCOP  took place at the Grand Hills, Broumana, against a backdrop of political tension and once again, despite the situation, the event proved to be a great success, attracting more than 120 doctors from the region.

The international speakers - course Leader, Prof. Jean-Philippe Bonjour and Profs. Serge Ferrari; Marius Kraezlin and Karsten Dreinhofer; along with Prof. Ghassan Maalouf and Dr. Basel Masri presented an extremely full and varied agenda. Feedback from those attending was extremely positive, and congratulations poured in, particularly from visiting participants.

Question-and-answer sessions sparked many interesting debates and the subject of Vitamin D insufficiency in the MENA region once again found center stage with much speculation and discussion as to its causes. As every year, the audience was updated on the very latest to emerge from studies and research, with particular attention being given to subjects of special relevance to countries of the region.

As part of a new initiative by LOPS, and much to the enthusiasm and excitement of the audience, LOPS’ new Patron, the celebrated singer, Magida El Roumi, very graciously attended a special public session at which Prof. Serge Ferrari gave a very comprehensive lecture on osteoporosis, explaining its causes, risk factors and treatments.