World's largest global osteoporosis congress opens in Florence

Highly anticipated bone health event attracts some 5,500 delegates from more than 100 countries

A record number of researchers and clinicians from more than 100 countries gathered today in Florence, Italy to share new information about osteoporosis, a serious chronic disease which leads to weakened bones and fractures in as many as one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty.

The joint congress of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) is regarded as one of the premier forums for the presentation of osteoporosis-related clinical and basic research in 2010. A record 850 scientific abstracts were received in anticipation of the event, which features lectures and topical sessions by the top experts in the field.

In his welcome address to participants, IOF President Professor John A. Kanis said, “Over the next four days we look forward to presenting new and innovative research findings as well as important clinical perspectives on the prevention, management and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, diseases that have a devastating impact on ageing populations throughout the world.” 

ESCEO President Professor Jean-Yves Reginster stated, “IOF and ECCEO have joined forces to provide a truly global forum for the presentation of the latest research as well as a comprehensive learning environment for clinicians and allied health professionals. Our hope is that the advances presented at the Congress will be translated into improved prevention and care for the millions of people with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis on all continents.”

The IOF WCO-ECCEO10 Congress continues until May 8 at the Fortezza da Basso Congress Center.