The Middle East region is expecting a demographic explosion in the number of people over the age of 50 in the coming decades. By 2020 it is expected that 25% of the population will be over the age of 50 and by 2050 this will rise to 40%.
This is a warning call for health authorities and medical professionals who must be prepared to cope with a dramatic rise in age-related chronic diseases such as osteoporosis.
In response to the need for more regional research and health professional education in osteoporosis, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the Pan Arab Osteoporosis Society (PAOS) will be staging the 2nd Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting and 6th Pan Arab Osteoporosis Congress PAOC'6. The joint meeting will take place from September 27 to October 1, 2012 at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan. The Meeting will be held in partnership with the Jordanian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (JOPS), Jordanian Physicians Osteoporosis Society (JPOS) and the Palestinian Osteoporosis Prevention Society (POPS).
Complete information about the meeting is available at http://www.iofbonehealth.org/jordan-2012
Judy Stenmark, CEO of IOF commented, "In countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, the number of hip fractures is rising and projected to quadruple by 2050. It is therefore essential that health professionals learn about the latest clinical advances in the prevention, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. We also encourage clinicians and investigators to publish their research abstracts as this is an excellent opportunity to showcase regional research at an international scientific forum."
Abstracts will be published in a supplement issue of the journal 'Osteoporosis International'. IOF will offer five prestigious young investigator awards to the top five ranked abstracts by researchers 40 years of age and under. Abstracts must be submitted by May 20 at the latest, at http://www.iofbonehealth.org/jordan-2012/abstracts
A Comprehensive and Clinically Oriented Scientific Programme:
The Meeting scientific programme will offer clinicians from a broad number of fields a comprehensive and clinically-focused programme. Topics covered in 16 plenary lectures include epidemiology, burden and pathophysiology of osteoporosis, sarcopenia/rheumatic diseases, nutritional aspects, and secondary osteoporosis. Six Meet-the-Expert sessions on various clinical topics and Roundtables dedicated to orthopaedics and bone markers, will ensure that participants acquire knowledge of direct benefit to their clinical practice.
As one of the largest osteoporosis meetings ever held in the Middle East, the Meeting will feature an extraordinary faculty comprised of leading experts and key opinion leaders in the bone field. Around 1000 health professionals from a broad range of fields, including orthopaedics, rheumatology, endocrinology, gynaecology, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, and general medicine are expected.
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