The field of osteoporosis and bone health is evolving and to stay at the forefront, the 23rd managing osteoporosis and 4th practical management of osteoporosis conferences was held in Bournemouth Hospital in December 2015 bringing together an innovative and dynamic programme.
I have been President of Osteoporosis Dorset, the charity holding the event, since its inception 21 years ago, so was delighted to welcome delegates to 2 days of opportunity to increase knowledge of bone disease.
Over 240 doctors and allied health professionals from around the South of England joined us over the two days. It was an unrivalled event for personal and professional development, and was attended by consultants, surgeons, GP’s, physiotherapists and many other health professionals dealing with bone disease. We heard from internationally renowned experts including Professor Eugene McCloskey from Sheffield.
In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone mainly because of poor bone health. Another speaker was Professor Juliet Compston from University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine told us more about the disease. There are about 300,000 fragility fractures every year in the UK. 1,150 people are dying every month in the UK as a result of hip fractures. The cause of the disease is still not fully understood, but research continues to build up a picture of the factors that influence our bone health.
It truly was an unmissable event for personal and professional development.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Education Centre, who helped put on this successful conference and also like to thank the Annual Medical Conference Planning Committee lead by David Rhys-Jones for all their hard work.
Diana Moran, President of Osteoporosis Dorset.