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Leading French osteoporosis expert awarded IOF CNS Medal

International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) recognizes Professor Thierry Thomas for his outstanding work on behalf of IOF, national osteoporosis awareness and secondary fracture prevention

International Osteoporosis Foundation

Today, at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Florence, Italy, Dr Thierry Thomas, Professor of Medicine and Head of the Rheumatology Department, University hospital, St. Etienne, France, was awarded the 2017 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 230 patient and medical societies 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 Board member, stated: "I am delighted to recognize Thierry Thomas' outstanding achievements through the presentation of this prestigious 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 France. His commitment to the work of the Groupe de Recherche et d'Information sur les Ostéoporoses (GRIO) and to the IOF Capture the Fracture® Programme, as well as his overall contributions to research, teaching, public outreach, and secondary fracture prevention have served to advance patient care and health professional knowledge in France and beyond."

Professor Thomas has published more than 200 scientific articles or book chapters. He is Vice-President of the French Society of Rheumatology, Past President of GRIO, and President of the French College Academic Lecturers in Rheumatology, among other positions. His involvement in scientific societies and institutions include membership of the Bone Working Group of the French Society of Rheumatology, the ESCEO Scientific Board, the GRIO Scientific Board and the IOF Capture the Fracture® Steering Committee.


World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO-IOF-ESCEO Florence 2017):

Held jointly by IOF and ESCEO, the Congress takes place in Florence, Italy, from March 23-26, 2017. 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. Congress abstracts will be published in Osteoporosis International, Volume 28, Supplement 1, March 2017. 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 237 patient, medical and research societies in 99 locations, work together to make fracture prevention and healthy mobility a worldwide heath care priority. @iofbonehealth

About ESCEO:

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to a close interaction between clinical scientists dealing with rheumatic disorders, pharmaceutical industry developing new compounds in this field, regulators responsible for the registration of such drugs and health policy makers, to integrate the management of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis within the comprehensive perspective of health resources utilization. The objective of ESCEO is to provide practitioners with the latest clinical and economic information, allowing them to organize their daily practice, in an evidence-based medicine perspective, with a cost-conscious perception.

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