Osteoporosis Conference showcases new research from leading experts worldwide

A dynamic and innovative programme aimed at increasing healthcare professionals’ knowledge of osteoporosis and bone disease is being hosted by the National Osteoporosis Society in Birmingham from the 30thNovember to 2ndDecember 2014. The Osteoporosis Conference will be opened by the National Clinical Director for Trauma, Prof. Chris Moran and offers an unrivalled opportunity for healthcare professionals to update their working practices with the latest ground-breaking research and updates.

Along with top line updates covering subjects such as diagnosis and falls and fracture prevention, the conference will be attended by leading clinicians from around the world, including Denmark, Geneva, USA and Spain, who will be delivering updates in their field of practice and the latest findings from research studies.

The conference allows healthcare professionals to proactively engage with leading clinicians within the field of bone health to understand how recent research is being developed to improve the way osteoporosis is managed and how this can best impact working practices within the medical fraternity.

Claire Severgnini, Chief Executive of the National Osteoporosis Society, said: “We are all looking forward to what is shaping up to be our best osteoporosis conference ever. This is a flagship event for the charity with exciting seminars and top line updates. We are delighted so many leading experts will be joining us to share the latest developments and research in osteoporosis and bone health. Our aim is for Healthcare professionals to come away with a greater insight into the latest evidence and best practice to enable them to make a real difference to people who live with this devastating condition.”

Older people with one or more long-term conditions such as osteoporosis account for around 70% of all hospital admissions and 70% of total NHS spending[1]. This clearly demonstrates that with concern escalating over our ageing population, osteoporosis needs to be prioritised as a matter of urgency.

A recent study by the National Osteoporosis Society: Life with Osteoporosis found that only 22% of people thought the NHS gave osteoporosis the attention it deserved. With more than 3 million people in the UK affected by osteoporosis, and a fracture occurring every two minutes in people over the age of 50, the conference is an exceptional opportunity for healthcare professionals to improve their working practice.

The Osteoporosis Conference 2014 will be held from Sunday 30 November - Tuesday 02 December 2014 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, UK. If you haven’t registered and want to attend, tickets are available from the registration desk on the day. For more information contact f.gardner@nos.org.uk or telephone 01761 473129.

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Note for Editors:

Definition of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the fragile bone disease that causes painful, debilitating and sometimes fatal fractures, particularly of the wrist, hip and spine. The disease is characterised by low bone mass and deterioration of the micro-architecture of bone tissue leading to an increased risk of fracture. Bones are prone to break after a minor bump or fall. These broken bones are often referred to as fragility fractures.

About the National Osteoporosis Society

  1. The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK charity dedicated to ending the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis
  2. We are committed to helping people with osteoporosis live the lives they want to lead
  3. We support researchers and healthcare professionals improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures
  4. We want every person over the age of 50 who breaks a bone to be assessed and treated for osteoporosis
  5. We are campaigning for better provision of Fracture Liaison Services across the UK because it is a proven way of preventing future fractures
  6. We offer free support and information to people affected by osteoporosis and fragility fractures, including a help-line (0845 450 0230) that receives more than 13,000 enquiries a year.
  7. We are a charity, mainly funded by individual donations and legacies.  We do not receive money from the government.

Facts about osteoporosis

  1. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men, over the age of 50, will break a bone, mainly because of poor bone health.
  2. Osteoporosis is very common. We estimate that 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis and there are roughly 300,000 fragility fractures a year.
  3. The combined cost of hospital and social care for patients with hip fractures alone amounts to more than £2.3billion per year in the UK – that’s approximately £6 million a day.
  4. There are more hip fractures suffered by women in the UK than breast cancer diagnosed (Cancer Research, UK)

FFI contact Susanna White, Press & PR Officer tel 01761 473256 / s.white@nos.org.uk


[1] Department of Health, 2011. Millions of patients set to benefit from modern NHS. [Press release], 14 March 2011

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