National Osteoporosis Society Conference Day One

07 Nov 2016

Over 700 health professionals working in the field of osteoporosis and bone health have heard updates on the latest developments within the field on the first day of the National Osteoporosis Society’s Osteoporosis 2016 conference in Birmingham.

Kicking off the conference Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England Medical Director, said osteoporosis was a “problem that will drain the national health service if we don’t do something about it.”

Setting the scene and summarising the problems posed by osteoporosis Professor Elaine Dennison said no- hip and vertebral fractures make up 38% of fracture costs.

Others speaking during the first day of the conference included Dr Anthony Johansen looking at the enormous challenge posed by hip fractures and Professor Lee Sharpstone on the findings of the SCOOP study into whether it would be effective to introduce screening to reduce fractures in older women.

During the afternoon, the focus of the conference shifted to fracture risk assessment, with Professor Eugene McClosky looking at risk assessment tools and Dr Nicola Crabtree looking at DXA scanning.

Further sessions during the first day included Professor Serge Ferrari on diabetes and bone and an update on different models of Fracture Liaison Services by Dr Kassim Javaid.

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