Regional bone meeting draws 1000 health professionals from around the world

International Osteoporosis Foundation's 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting opens in Singapore
Chinese Dragon Dance at the Opening Ceremony of the IOF Regionals 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore on Decemer 10, 2010. Plenary lecture hall IOF President John Kanis Poster Session Guest of Honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports viewing the snap! photographic exhibit Society of Singapore (OSS) Vice-President Dr Siok Bee Chionh

Doctors and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region gathered in Singapore today for the opening of the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, taking place at the Raffles Convention Centre to December 13, 2010. Guest of honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, attended the opening.

The 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting follows the recent opening of IOF’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Singapore and is the first of a new series of annual IOF meetings in the region.

“Attendance figures have far exceeded expectations, “said IOF CEO Patrice McKenney. “Osteoporotic fractures are a serious health problem in the region. With its well developed clinical programme, the meeting is a fertile venue for education, innovation and collaboration. It is an exceptional learning environment which we believe will lead to improved patient care throughout the region.”

Professor Ambrish Mithal, Scientific Co-Chair of the meeting and leading osteoporosis expert from India, also highlighted the significance of regional research. “We hope that these annual meetings will help to stimulate research in the region. Young scientists in particular will benefit from this high-profile venue in which to present their research findings to an international audience.” The 200 research abstracts from the meeting have been published in the field’s leading journal, Osteoporosis International.

The meeting was preceded by a unique Public Forum organized by the Osteoporosis Society of Singapore (OSS). OSS Vice-President Dr Siok Bee Chionh commented, “In Singapore alone, hip fracture rates for women over 50 years of age have increased 5-fold between the 1950's and 1990's. To reverse this trend, we need to increase awareness of the disease and promote prevention strategies, especially among the younger population. This public event is the kind of venue which gives patients and the general public a unique opportunity to interact with experts and to learn about the disease and bone-healthy lifestyle options.”