Looking back, 2012 was undoubtedly among the most dynamic and productive years in IOF’s history.
Above all, it was marked by unprecedented outreach on many fronts.
In terms of scope, IOF moved beyond the borders of osteoporosis to reach out to the chronic disease community, while expanding its remit to encompass muscle and joint health.
With the election of a new Board of Governance, for the first time with equal representation from each region, IOF completed the final phase of its regional development strategy. This was further strengthened by Regional Advisory Councils in all three regions in which IOF maintains regional offices.
For the first time, IOF regional meetings were successfully staged in four regions of the world: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa. In all, more than 7000 health care professionals profited directly from outstanding opportunities for education and research through IOF meetings and training courses. The new ‘IOF Young Investigator Mentoring Programme’, held as pilot programmes in Jordan and Kuala Lumpur, was well received by the participants. This programme underscores IOF’s strong commitment to the promotion of science and research across cultures and borders.
IOF’s Committee of Scientific Advisor Working Groups continued their impressive work, publishing nine reviews and statements on topics of importance to the bone, muscle and joint field. And, there’s much more in the pipeline for 2013!
In regard to public outreach, IOF launched a stimulating new website featuring modern design and new interactive mapping content. The new site serves as a portal which offers individual membership options and online access to IOF’s scientific publications. Over time IOF will build a community of many thousands of individual members in the musculoskeletal field.
The World Osteoporosis Day ‘Stop at One’ campaign resounded widely, with significant media impact that reached millions of consumers and health care professionals on all continents. The theme underlined IOF’s dedication to secondary fracture prevention and its new ‘Capture the Fracture’ programme to promote the implementation of fracture liaison services worldwide.
These many new developments have set the stage for the coming year, during which we look forward to consolidating and expanding our effective programmes in science and public outreach.
John A Kanis
Chief Executive Officer
- Advancing research and setting global standards for best clinical practice
- Capture the Fracture fosters best practice in prevention of secondary fractures
- IOF gives regional research a global platform, raises standards of health professional education
- IOF strengthens patient societies worldwide
- Launch of joint IOF-ISCD course offers new clinical training opportunities worldwide
- Promoting medical innovation and improving patient care
- Shaping the policy agenda
- World Osteoporosis Day