Now already for the third year, the ECTS Annual Congress will feature a special East-Meets-West programme organized together with our partner societies from China, Japan, and Korea. This programme will take place in the afternoon of the ECTS Pre-meeting Day on Friday, May 25, and will include a plenary session on “Case finding strategy for osteoporosis” and two Meet-the-Experts Sessions on “How do I manage unusual clinical cases in the bone clinic”. So make sure to arrive early Friday so you do not miss this event.
How to best identify patients in need of therapy. In the plenary session on “Case finding strategies for osteoporosis” we will try to determine the best way to identify those patients who are in need for therapy. This is a challenging task worldwide and bone societies across the globe have developed different strategies to tackle this most important issue. Should we screen for osteoporosis? Which are the key risk factors to identify high risk patients? What are the indications for a BMD test? Which level of risk indicates that treatment is warranted? These questions will be addressed in brief statements of 3 experts from the East and 3 experts from the West followed by a podium discussion led by Steve Cummings and the presidents of the Eastern bone societies.
Many ECTS congress regulars enjoy the direct contact with the World’s top experts in the Meet-The-Expert sessions. Now we will double the excitement! We will hold two Meet-the-Experts (mind the “s”) sessions on “How do I manage unusual clinical cases in the bone clinic? Expert experience from the East and the West” There are a number of topics in which our Asian partners have great expertise and experience since they see a lot (!) of patients even of those with less common and more complex disorders. So we picked three topics:
- Tumor induced osteomalacia and other cases of osteomalacia with normal vitamin D levels
- MGUS and multiple myeloma
- Atypical femur fractures – differences between East and West?
and in each session we will have one expert from the East together with one expert from the West present to answer your burning questions.
I am excited to participate in this programme to find out if and why approaches are different in the East and the West – and I hope to see you join in.