International Osteoporosis Foundation

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International Osteoporosis Foundation IOF logo wikipedia.jpg
Motto Our vision is a world without fragility fractures, in which healthy mobility is a reality for all
Formation 1998
Type Non-profit organization
Legal status Foundation
Headquarters Nyon, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°23′02.30″N 6°14′14.27″E / 46.3839722°N 6.2372972°E / 46.3839722; 6.2372972
Region served
Global
President
Prof. John A. Kanis
Main organ
Board of Directors
Website www.iofbonehealth.org

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), headquartered in Nyon, Switzerland, is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998. It was formed from the merger of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis, founded in 1987, and the International Federation of Societies on Skeletal Diseases.[1] The foundation functions as a global alliance of individuals and organizations concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and musculoskeletal diseases bone disease. The goal of the foundation is to increase the early detection of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases, as well as to improve the treatment of these conditions through international collaboration among national healthcare systems and governments.[2]

Members of IOF are divided into a committee of 237 National Societies, a Committee of 145 Scientific Advisors, and a Committee of Corporate Advisors. Individuals may register as free or professional members via the IOF website. The current president of IOF is Professor John Kanis.[3][4]

Publications[edit]

IOF publishes the public health journal Osteoporosis International[5] and Archives of Osteoporosis[6] (in conjunction with the National Osteoporosis Foundation); Calcified Tissue International;[7] and Progress in Osteoporosis.[8]

World Osteoporosis Day[edit]

The International Osteoporosis Foundation organises the annual World Osteoporosis Day, observed internationally on 20 October.[9] The day is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related diseases of bones, muscles and joints.[10][11]

History[edit]

The International Osteoporosis Foundation was established in 1998 with the merger of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis (EFFO) and the International Federation of Societies on Skeletal Diseases (IFSSD).[12] In 2008 IOF was granted Roster Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[13]

Since 2010, IOF and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) jointly organize the annual World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO). The first WCO was held in 2000 in Chicago, Illinois and was formerly run by the IOF secretariat.

In addition to the annual WCO congress, IOF also hosts regional meeting and has organized 9 regional meetings since 2010 across Latin America, Middle East & Africa, & Asia Pacific.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bonnick, Sydney Lou (2009). Bone Densitometry in Clinical Practice: Application and Interpretation. Current Clinical Practice Series (3rd ed.). Springer. p. 174. ISBN 1-60327-498-7. 
  2. ^ Riester O’Connor, Carolyn (2009). Osteoporosis for Dummies. ReadHowYouWant.com. p. 390. ISBN 1-4429-2969-3. 
  3. ^ "Board and Executive Committee". International Osteoporosis Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  4. ^ Hofheinz, Elizabeth (January 4, 2011). "John Kanis Wins Hamdan Award". Orthopedics: This week. RRY Publications. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Osteoporosis International". Orthopedics. Springer. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Archives of Osteoporosis". Orthopedics. Springer. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  7. ^ "Calcified Tissue International". Orthopedics. Springer. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  8. ^ "Progress in Osteoporosis". Orthopedics. International Osteoporosis Foundation. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  9. ^ "World Osteoporosis Day". 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  10. ^ "Duchess of Cornwall Marks World Osteoporosis Day". The Prince’s Charities. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  11. ^ "Report Released for World Osteoporosis Day". ABC News. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  12. ^ "The Organization". International Osteoporosis Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  13. ^ "List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as of 18 September 2008" (PDF). United Nations. 
  14. ^ https://www.iofbonehealth.org/conferences-events

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