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Opening of WCO in RomeThe annual World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases has become the largest and most influential clinically-oriented congress in the bone, joint and muscle arena. Jointly held by IOF and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO), the CME-accredited Congress makes a major contribution to health professional education and offers an influential global platform for new clinical research.

WCO in SevilleFrom April 2–5, 2014, the World Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis (WCO-IOF-ESCEO-SEVILLE 2014) welcomed close to 4000 delegates from 60 countries to Seville, Spain. More than 800 abstract submissions highlighted new clinical research, presented on site in oral and poster presentations. A unique feature was the 10 high quality non-sponsored symposia focusing on topics of special clinical relevance.

Media outreach to communicate scientific findings and to promote the Congress as the largest clinical event in the field was highly effective. Press releases issued during the Congress resulted in a total audience reach of nearly half a billion, with approximately 80% of reports mentioning the Congress and 89% mentioning IOF. Journalist requests for follow-up interviews or further information were received from more than 15 different media sources, including BBC News online, CBC Canada, ABC News NY, and Endocrinology Today.

Awards recognize outstanding contributions to IOF and research in the bone field

At the Seville Congress, IOF recognized 10 individuals for their outstanding work and achievements by offering prestigious awards:

winners of the IOF President's AwardNEW IOF President’s Award

For the first time this Award (formerly the Pierre Delmas Award) recognized individuals in six regions of the world who have advanced the work of IOF and contributed to osteoporosis awareness and education.

The winners were:
ASIA-PACIFIC – Prof. Peter Ebeling of Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
EASTERN EUROPE – Prof. Olga Lesnyak of Mechnikov North-West State Medical University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
MIDDLE EAST – Dr Basel Masri M.D. of the Jordan Osteoporosis Center, Jordan Hospital, Amman, Jordan
WESTERN EUROPE – Prof. Johann Ringe of the University of Cologne, Germany
NORTH AMERICA – Prof. Paul D. Miller of the University of Colorado and Colorado Center for Bone Research
LATIN AMERICA – Prof. Osvaldo Messina of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

IOF-Servier Young Investigator Award
Charlotte Beaudart of the University of Liège and Emmanuel Biver of the University Hospital of Geneva were recognized for their joint project to develop and validate a sarcopenia-specific quality-of-life tool.

Rick AdachiOlof Johnell Science Award
Jonathan D. Adachi, Professor and Alliance for Better Bone Health Chair in Rheumatology at the Department of Medicine of McMaster University was named the winner of this prestigious Award. The Award honours extraordinary and internationally recognized contributions to the field of osteoporosis in a scientific or policy implementation area.

René RizzoliIOF Medal of Achievement
René Rizzoli, Professor of Medicine at University Hospitals of Geneva and Head of the Service of Bone Diseases at the Department of Rehabilitation and Geriatrics was honoured for his significant advances to the field of osteoporosis through original and outstanding scientific contributions.

Cyrus CooperESCEO-IOF Servier Pierre D Delmas Prize
Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, and Professor of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Oxford was recognized for his outstanding and major scientific contributions to the study of bone and mineral diseases.

Jean-Marc KaufmanESCEO-IOF Herbert Fleisch Medal
Jean-Marc Kaufman, Professor of Medicine at the Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium was recognized for his valuable contributions to the study of osteoporosis and ageing over a long and prolific career.