Osteoporosis Canada recognizes 25 Canadian hospitals offering Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) by launching an FLS Registry

Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) is recognized as the most effective program to prevent repeat fractures due to osteoporosis. In an FLS, a coordinator screens fracture patients for osteoporosis, and follows them to ensure appropriate investigation and treatment are received to prevent the next fracture.

Osteoporosis Canada’s FLS Registry was launched to profile hospitals across Canada that have implemented effective FLSs. Osteoporosis Canada is delighted at this time to congratulate FLSs from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia for meeting the Essential Elements of Fracture Liaison Services.

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Remembering Dr. Joan Harrison: Co-Founder of Osteoporosis Canada

Osteoporosis Canada wishes to express our condolences to the family of Dr. Joan Harrison, who died at home in Ottawa on May 3, 2016. Dr. Harrison pioneered research into osteoporosis. Working with a research team, she applied nuclear physics to the investigation of metabolic bone disease resulting in a revolutionary technique for measuring bone mass, which was critical to the diagnosis and eventual treatment of osteoporosis.

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Osteoporosis Canada SAC Consultant Dr. Hope Weiler finds less body fat for kids taking vitamin D

Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development

dr-hope-weiler A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

The findings emerged from research initially aimed at confirming the importance of vitamin D for bone density. The additional benefit in terms of body composition came as a surprise for the research team.

“We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass, the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to not only grow healthy skeletons but also healthy amounts of muscle and less fat,” said Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and Director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at McGill.

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Dr. Famida Jiwa, President and CEO of Osteoporosis Canada, Named Recipient of the President’s Award from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

Dr. Famida JiwaDr. Famida Jiwa is the 2016 recipient of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) President’s Award. This award honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the work of the IOF, through furthering one or more of the mission statements and/or goals of the Foundation.

This award will be presented to Famida at the IOF’s World Conference on Osteoporosis in Malaga , Spain on April 15, 2016. Congratulations to Famida on winning this prestigious award!

Celebrating National Volunteer Week
April 10 - 16, 2016
Thank You To Our Volunteers

National Volunteer Week, April 10 – 16, is the 13th consecutive year that National Volunteer Week has recognized, celebrated and thanked Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.


This year’s theme is “Volunteers are the roots of strong communities.” Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.

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Congratulations to Drs. Ashe, Cheung, Ward, and Weiler: 2016 Canada Research Chair Appointments

Osteoporosis Canada would like to congratulate four of our SAC Members, who were recently awarded Canada Research Chairs:

Dr Maureen Ashe Dr Angela Cheung

Dr. Ashe, from the University of British Columbia, has been awarded the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Community Mobility


Dr. Cheung, from the University of Toronto, has been awarded the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health


Dr Wendy Ward Dr Hope Weiler

Dr. Ward, from Brock University, received a renewal of her Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development


Dr. Weiler, from McGill University, has been awarded the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Health Across the Lifespan


The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2,000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. The Government of Canada recently announced the 2016 round of research chairs. A total of 305 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs have been appointed at 53 postsecondary institutions across the country. The Canada Research Chair program attracts and retains the world’s most accomplished and promising scientists.

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Canadians putting themselves at risk for osteoporosis: survey

New survey reveals Canadians are largely unaware about osteoporosis and the serious consequences it can have on their health

Snow and ice can make walking challenging, especially for those at risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. In fact, one in three Canadian women, and one in five Canadian men, will break a bone because of osteoporosis, a debilitating disease that can strike at any time, causing bones to become fragile and break. Each year in Canada, broken bones caused by osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined for women over the age of 50, despite the fact that if simple steps are taken in your 30s, the risk can be reduced.

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Partnering together for #BetterBoneHealth

Shoppers Love YouAs a leader in the fight for better bone health for all Canadians, Osteoporosis Canada is proud to join forces with Shoppers Drug Mart, whose pharmacists have received specialized training in the prevention, management and treatment of osteoporosis.

Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists are equipped to provide education and advice to patients about osteoporosis management and reducing the risk. In addition, Osteoporosis Canada is lending its endorsement to Life Brand Vitamin D and Calcium products, to help in the prevention and management of Osteoporosis.

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