Launch of the International Osteoporosis Foundation | EurêkAlert!


image: With the launch of the new IOF university network, the International Osteoporosis Foundation invites universities, research institutes and medical schools to apply to become allied members of the CNS, its community of member organizations.
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The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world’s largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, fragility fractures and related bone diseases. In collaboration with its more than 290 national and regional member societies as well as institutions and hospitals interested in musculoskeletal health, the IOF carries out projects and programs to advance science and research, education medical, advocacy and public awareness in the field of osteoporosis and fracture prevention.

Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, member of the IOF Board of Directors and Chairman of the IOF National Societies Committee said:

“We invite academic institutions, medical schools and research institutes to apply to join the IOF academic network. One of the benefits of membership is the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community of bone health advocates – including national, regional and international societies and leading scientific experts. In addition, there will be better opportunities to collaborate in IOF programs and to gain recognition for your institution’s efforts in the bone field through participation in IOF scientific meetings and events.

Among the many benefits of free membership in the IOF University Network, universities will be able to seek IOF approval for their publications, meetings or educational programs, receive a certain number of free registrations to world and regional congresses of the IOF, and will have more opportunities to meet and collaborate with key opinion leaders in the field.

IOF Director General Dr Philippe Halbout added:

“By establishing this new form of Allied membership, the IOF aims to expand its global network by integrating renowned universities from around the world into the IOF family. Another goal is to liaise with young researchers from leading research institutions, many of whom will be the next generation of key opinion leaders in the field, providing opportunities to share knowledge on the latest developments. and challenges in the bone field. Over time, we hope to collectively develop a growing number of programs for young scientists and health professionals. “

With 23 universities from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa to date, the IOF University Network looks forward to welcoming many more academic and medical institutes in the future.

For more information, a full list of membership benefits and an application form, please visit the IOF website.


About the IOF university network
The IOF University Network aims to develop collaboration between the IOF community and universities around the world. By connecting with medical students and young researchers through the IOF Academic Network, IOF actively engages with the next generation of key opinion leaders and provides access to a wide range of resources as well as to the renowned scientific network of the IOF. Universities that are part of the IOF University Network are considered allied members of the IOF National Societies Committee (CNS). The CNS is the main committee of members of the IOF, representing medical and patient societies, as well as hospitals and other institutions interested in musculoskeletal health. For more information and the application form, visit

About the IOF
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world’s largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members include scientific experts as well as more than 290 patient and physician associations, as well as universities, who are dedicated to making fracture prevention and healthy mobility a global priority in health care. health. [email protected] @iofbonehealth

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