18th NOFSA Virtual Congress

Start Date

Aug 05, 2021 -

End Date

Aug 07, 2021 -



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Virtual Event

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We would like to invite you to participate in the 18th NOFSA Congress from 5 to 7 August 2021, our first virtual conference. This meeting will feature local experts as well as 3 eminent International Speakers, Profs Eugene McCloskey, Manju Chandran and Prof Sir John Cunningham.

Speaker Bios

Professor Manju Chandran

Associate Professor Manju Chandran is Senior Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of the Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Singapore.

She is the Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO)- a non-partisan organization of Osteoporosis Experts from multiple countries and regions (19 currently) across the Asia Pacific and the Chairperson of the Singapore Ministry of Health’s Appropriate Care Guidelines for Osteoporosis.She is immediate past Chairperson of the Chapter of Endocrinologists of the College of Physicians Singapore, elected member of the Council of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and a past President of the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore. She is Board member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and, elected member of the Publications Committee of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research- the first woman from Asia to hold these positions. She is also the Secretary of the Osteoporosis Society of Singapore, Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific and South Africa Regional Advisory Council of the IOF, and the Vice Chair of the AP Panel of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.  She is also an appointed Task Force member of the 5th International Workshop on Parathyroid Disorders and of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Aging and Musculoskeletal Health and ESCEO Workgroup on Phosphate Wasting Disorders.

She has won numerous international awards. She has just been nominated as the Most Inspiring Mentor in the Learning Fiesta during Singapore General Hospital’s 200th year celebrations.

She was the Organizing Co-Chairperson of the 7th IOF Regional Congress on Osteoporosis that was held in Sydney, Australia in 2018 and was the Organizing Chairperson of the first Singapore Bone Metabolic Disease Symposium and the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s first Asia Pacific Skeletal Rare Disorder Course that was held in Singapore in November 2019. Her research and clinical interests include the Epidemiology and Health Economic Burden of Osteoporosis.


Professor Eugene McCloskey

Eugene McCloskey is Professor in Adult Bone Diseases in the Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism and Mellanby Centre for Bone Research at the University of Sheffield. In addition to clinical work, he is also the past president of the Bone Research Society and current Director of the MRC ARUK Centre for Integrated research in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA).

He contributed to the development of the FRAX tool and the subsequent guideline from the National Osteoporosis Guideline Group. In 2016, he was awarded the IOF Medal of Achievement, presented annually to recognise an individual researcher who has significantly advanced the field of osteoporosis through original and outstanding scientific contributions. In 2018, he was honoured with the ECTS Philippe Bordier Award for a significant clinical contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue.


Professor John Cunningham

John Cunningham is a clinician-scientist holding positions as Professor of Nephrology at University College London Medical School and The Royal Free Hospital and an Honorary Fellowship at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. He is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge and Oxford followed by postgraduate training in London and Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, under Drs Louis V Avioli and Eduardo Slatopolsky.

He is an active clinician and researcher  with contributions to the understanding of the effect of acidosis on the bioactivation of vitamin D, the influence of simulated uraemia and vitamin D on the release of cytokines by bone cells, factors mediating bone loss following renal transplantation and the control of parathyroid function by structurally modified vitamin D metabolites and calcimimetics. Later his work has focussed also on the links between mineral metabolism and cardiovascular disease in CKD.

He serves on various grant giving bodies and guideline groups. He lectures nationally and internationally and is co-chairman of the Nephrology At The Limits series held under the auspices of University College London, The University of Cape Town, The Brigham and Women’s Hospital and The Lancet.

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Provisional Programme


THURSDAY 05 AUGUST           18:00 – 20:15

18:00 - 18:05 Welcome T Hough
18:05 - 18:35 Stephen Hough Memorial Lecture J Cunningham
  What is wrong with my patient's skeleton?
Is it renal Osteodystrophy, Osteoporosis or both?
18:35 - 18:40 BREAK  
18:40 - 19:10 When to use an anabolic therapy  E McCloskey
19:10 - 19:15 BREAK  
19:15 - 19:45

Controversies in the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.

Today's answers, tomorrow's questions.

G Ellis
19:45 - 20:15 Panel Discussion Chair:
Dr T de Villiers
FRIDAY 06 AUGUST  19:00 – 13:00  
09:00 - 09:20 T and Z Score
Definitions, WHO thresholds, terminology and appropriate usage of each)
Prof S Barlow
09:20 - 10:15 Infant and Paediatric scanning  Prof S Barlow
09:50 - 10:15 Whole Body / BCA Scanning  Prof S Barlow
10:15 - 10:30 BREAK  
10:30 - 11:15 Basic Scan Analysis and Pitfalls  Prof S Barlow
11:15 - 11:45 Frax Discussion  Prof S Barlow
11:45 - 12:00 BREAK  
12:00 - 13:00 FAQ & Final Q&A Prof S Barlow




FRIDAY, 6 AUGUST 14:00 - 18:00  
14:00 - 14:30 Disorders associated with increased BMD and how they influenced developments of anti-osteoporosis drugs M Chandran
14:30 - 14:45 Free Communication Chair:
Bilkish Cassim
14:45 - 15:00 Free Communication Chair:
Bilkish Cassim
15:00 - 15:15 BREAK  
15:15 - 15:30 Bone health in patients undergoing surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism Melissa Budge
15:30 - 15:45 Bone histomorphometry in Black women with Graves’ disease Wimpie de Lange
15:45 - 16:15 Orthogeriatric Units                      

C Gregson

Chair: Farhana Paruk

16:15 - 16:30  BREAK  
16:30 - 16:45 Prevalence of sarcopenia in older SA patients following surgery for fragility fractures L Loubser
16:45 - 17:00 Ethnic and gender-specific incidence rates for hip fractures in South Africa         B Cassim
17:00 - 17:15

Incidence and number of hip fractures in South Africa:  Estimated projections from 2020-2050

S Hawley
17:15 - 17:30 A surrogate FRAX model in Zimbabwe  H Johansson

17:30 - 18:00


An update on FRAX in 2021


E McCloskey

Chair: Magda Conradie 

09:00 - 14:00  
09:00 - 09:30 Cancer and Bone Loss (Myeloma, Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer) M Chandran
09:30 - 10:00 Low bone density in men M Conradie
Wimpie de Lange
10:00 - 10:15 BREAK  
10:15 - 10:45 Diabetic Bone Disease Z Stevens
10:45 - 11:15 Sarcopenia, frailty and fractures S Lipschitz
11:15 - 11:45

A bone is broken! Can someone please get an Orthopod to fix it!! 

K  Jordaan
Hayley de Wet
11:45 - 12:00 BREAK  
12:00 - 12:30 Rare Bone Disease - Osteogenesis Imperfecta K Thandrayen
12:30 - 13:00 Bone  histomorphometry in Black women with Graves' disease W de Lange
13:00 - 13:30

Boneheads and Menopausal Hormone         Therapy

T de Villiers
13:30 - 13:55 Panel Discussion Chair:  S Lipschitz
13:55 - 14:00 Close  T de Villiers
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Call for abstracts

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 June 2021. No late abstracts will be accepted. All abstracts must be submitted via email ([email protected]). Faxed copies will not be accepted.

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NOFSA Membership Fees are included in the Congress Registration Fees. Annual membership Fees are R1000 for Clinicians and R500 for Registrars, DXA techs and allied HCP’s.  Registration is confirmed once proof of payment is received. An invoice will be dispatched upon receipt of your registration form.

Registration fees include membership for the 2021 year

Clinician/Scientist R1 000.00
DXA-Technologist R   500.00
Day Registrations R1 000.00
Registrars and other allied healthcare professionals R   500.00

Payment details:

Method: EFT
Account name: National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa
Bank: ABSA
Account no: 9119792397
Branch Code: 505-102/632005
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