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Professor Osvaldo Daniel Messina awarded IOF CNS Medal

International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) recognizes a leading Argentinian expert in osteoporosis and the broader rheumatology field for his outstanding work on behalf of IOF as well as his commitment to research, awareness, and advocacy.

Grant and Award Announcement

International Osteoporosis Foundation

Today, at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Barcelona, Spain, Dr Daniel Messina, Director of the Rheumatology Department at the Cosme Argerich Hospital in Buenos Aires, was awarded the 2023 IOF Committee of National Societies (CNS) Medal.

The CNS Medal recognizes an individual who has made an important contribution to the cause of osteoporosis prevention through active participation in CNS activities and by expanding IOF’s messages and outreach in his/her country. The CNS, comprising more than 300 patient and medical organizations worldwide, is IOF’s core membership committee. Its membership represents the world’s largest single network of national and regional organizations dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and musculoskeletal disorders.

Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, Chair of the CNS and IOF Founding and Executive Committee Member, stated: “I am delighted to recognize Professor Messina’s exceptional achievements through the presentation of this prestigious IOF award. As an acknowledged expert and leading educator in osteoporosis and the broader rheumatology field he has shown outstanding support for IOF programmes as well as for health professional education and advocacy initiatives in Argentina, Latin America, and internationally. With great commitment and energy, he has made lasting contributions to research, public outreach, and advocacy, all of which have served to advance patient care and health professional knowledge in Argentina and beyond.”

Professor Messina is President of the Rheumatology and Osteology Research Foundation, Argentina, and Director of the Rheumatology Department at the Cosme Argerich Hospital in Buenos Aires. He looks back on more than fifty years of experience as a physician, rheumatologist, and osteologist. 

Professor Messina is the author of more than 50 clinical communications, and he has also received seven awards in clinical medicine and research. He is an elected Board member of the IOF and most recently collaborator in the publication of the “LATAM Audit 2021 – Epidemiology, cost and impact of osteoporosis and fragility fractures in Latin America”, as well as being the first author of the new consensus document 'Evidence-based Latin American Guidelines of Clinical Practice on Prevention, Diagnosis, Management and Treatment of Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis. A 2022 Update' which was published under the auspices of the IOF Committee of National Societies (CNS) and the Committee of Scientific Advisors (CSA).

Professor Messina stated:  

“It is a great honour for me to receive the CNS Medal. I started working on metabolic bone diseases in 1985 after my fellowship training in rheumatology. Together with a group of colleagues, we founded the Argentine Society of Osteoporosis in 1990 and we organized the first South American Osteoporosis Meeting in 1999. I have always been committed to patient care as well as to the education and training of the next generation of professionals. During the last decades, I mentored more than 30 young physicians. This award conveys a great responsibility to strengthen IOF’s mission, even more, each day. I am deeply grateful to those colleagues who relied on me to keep working collaboratively with IOF and its patient and medical member societies to make fracture prevention and healthy mobility a health priority.”


World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO Barcelona 2023)
Held jointly by IOF and ESCEO, the Congress took place in Barcelona, Spain from May 4-7, 2023. WCO-IOF-ESCEO is the world’s largest annual forum for the presentation of clinical research and new advances in the prevention and management of bone, muscle and joint disorders, including sarcopenia and frailty. For complete information visit  #OsteoCongress 

About IOF
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world's largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members, including committees of scientific researchers as well as more than 315 patient, medical and research organizations, work together to make fracture prevention and healthy mobility a worldwide heath care priority.  @iofbonehealth

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