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IHA Professional Fellow travels to Vatican City to meet Pope Francis

Pope 1a 2017 (002)John Kanis, Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University and past President of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), met with his Holiness on Wednesday 29 March 2017 to discuss issues pertaining to skeletal health.

Professor Kanis, accompanied by Dr Osvaldo Messina, board member of the IOF, sat down with Pope Francis to raise awareness of osteoporosis and FRAX, and to elevate their position on the health care agenda. It was also an opportunity to highlight the importance of the work by the IOF in preventing bone fractures associated with osteoporosis.

This was not the first time Prof. Kanis had been to Vatican City, having previously met Pope John Paul II in 2004 in his role as President of the IOF.

Having authored more than 1000 papers, chapters and books, Prof. Kanis has extensive knowledge in issues relating to disorders of skeletal metabolism including osteoporosis, sarcopenia, Paget’s disease of bone, hyperparathyroidism, renal osteodystrophy and neoplasia affecting the skeleton.

He is also the Editor in Chief of Osteoporosis International and Archives of Osteoporosis, and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

While his contribution to skeletal research has spread far and wide, his current major interest is in the development of fracture risk assessment tools and the formulation of practice guidelines in many regions of the world. He is currently working with the musculoskeletal team at the University’s Institute for Health and Ageing. The work involves using the results from many population studies across the world to improve the prediction of fracture in adults. This means that appropriate treatment can be targeted to adults most at risk of fracture.


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