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Dr. Robert Recker to Kickoff NOF’s Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis (ISO15)

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) announced Dr. Robert Recker, Immediate Past President and long-term NOF Board of Trustees member as the recipient of its 2015 Lawrence G. Raisz, MD Memorial Lecture Award. Dr. Recker will present at the opening session of NOF’s Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis (ISO15), the premier clinical conference for healthcare professionals who treat patients with and at risk for osteoporosis and fractures. The conference is expected to attract more than 500 attendees interested in learning how to better care for patients with osteoporosis and how to protect those at risk from breaking bones.

The Raisz Lecture is NOF’s highest scientific award and recognizes Dr. Recker for the significant contributions he has made to the bone health field and to NOF. As an internationally recognized expert in the field of metabolic bone disease and clinical care with a 40-year career as a physician-scientist spanning laboratory and clinical research, teaching, patient care and professional leadership, Dr. Recker is a natural fit for the award.

“We are thrilled to announce Dr. Recker as the 2015 recipient of the Lawrence G. Raisz, MD Memorial Lecture Award. With osteoporosis currently causing an estimated two million broken bones every year, we’re looking forward to hearing Dr. Recker’s clinical insights on how to better treat and prevent this disease,” said Amy Porter, executive director and CEO, National Osteoporosis Foundation. “As a long time champion for bone health and one of the nation’s top osteoporosis clinicians, Dr. Recker’s lecture will help accomplish our goal that all ISO attendees gain new information and insights they can apply in clinical practice to better treat and diagnose their patients.”

Named in honor of the late Lawrence G. Raisz, MD, the Lawrence G. Raisz, MD Memorial Lecture Award recognizes a clinical scientist who is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and has made a significant contribution to the osteoporosis and bone metabolism field of study. As a longtime member of NOF’s Board of Trustees and the organization’s Vice President, Dr. Raisz’ service to NOF was extensive and invaluable.

He served as Chair of NOF’s first Scientific Advisory Board and subsequently was appointed to the Board of Trustees. While serving as NOF Vice President, Dr. Raisz chaired the Science and Research Committee and worked hard to raise awareness of osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases among physicians and the public. His unwavering dedication to scientific excellence and patient care helped shape NOF’s mission and outreach and education programs. Dr. Raisz also invested in the next generation of physician-scientists, helping ensure the continued growth and success of the osteoporosis and bone metabolism field.

As seen by his long-standing commitment to advancing osteoporosis care and treatment, Dr. Recker follows the example set by Dr. Raisz and stood out as the leading choice to receive NOF’s prestigious award. Dr. Recker serves as director of Creighton University’s world-renowned Osteoporosis Research Center and chief of endocrinology. He holds the ranks of Master, American College of Physicians and Fellow, American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Recker is a past governor of the Nebraska Chapter of the American College of Physicians, past president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and immediate past president of NOF. Dr. Recker continues to serve as a member of NOF’s Board of Trustees and chairs its Research Grants Subcommittee. He is also an Associate Editor of BONE, serves on the editorial boards of several medical journals and is a journal referee for the leading medical and research publications in the field.

In addition to Dr. Recker’s opening session, ISO15 will feature in-depth educational sessions on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis led by world renowned experts. ISO15 encompasses all medical disciplines and specialties involved in treating patients with and at risk for osteoporosis and fractures and will include a full-day pre-conference workshop and Certificate of Completion in the Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) Model of Care. ISO15 will also update attendees on the impact of healthcare reform and quality reporting on individual practitioners to help improve clinical patient outcomes. The information shared at ISO15 will provide clinicians with the most up-to-date, clinically relevant and evidence-based information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

For additional details on ISO15, please visit www.nof-iso.org.