Professor Rene Rizzoli, chairman of the IOF WCO Scientific Committee, noted that this year's congress attracted 720 abstracts, more than twice the number of the previous congress held in 2004 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On June 2, 2006, in one of the Congress highlights, space explorers and earth-bound medical experts will examine the links between immobility and bone health at the Bone Research in Space Symposium. Canadian physician and astronaut Dr. Dave Williams, who is the first Canadian to have lived in both the ocean and space, is one of the panel of Symposium experts.
As part of the 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, to be held in conjunction with the Toronto Congress, nine prominent women from around the world will call for action by policy makers, health professionals and individuals to fight the silent epidemic of osteoporosis. The women come from the fields of public service, journalism, medicine, fashion, philanthropy, the arts and sport.
Themes to be covered during the five-day International Osteoporosis Foundation World Congress on Osteoporosis include 35 oral presentations and more than 680 poster presentations that focus on nutrition, smoking and exercise and osteoporosis; osteoporosis diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology and health economics issues; pregnancy, infancy and osteoporosis; osteoporosis in men, and stone age and space age bones what they have in common. Eleven Satellite Symposia will present the latest in pharmaceutical research. IOF WCO website http://www.osteofound.org/wco/2006/index.php
The schedule for daily media briefings which will take place during the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis:
Date: Friday June 2, 2006
Contact: Janice Blondeau
International Osteoporosis Foundation