IOS Annual Medical Conference for Health Professionals

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

The Irish Osteoporosis Society held their 21st Annual Medical Conference for Health Professionals in TCD on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Prof Jim Lucey spoke about the connection between Psychiatry and bone health. He had the entire audience participating (actually singing), even those who were tone deaf! Dr Frances Dockery spoke about Fracture Liaison services which was a very hot topic as well as giving an overview of vitamin D: treatments, exercise and case studies.

The importance of Ireland having Fracture liaison services rolled out throughout the country was emphasised.  A Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) is hospital based and is a service to help identify people who have undiagnosed Osteoporosis.  Fracture Liaison services work by making sure that anyone who arrives at a hospital with a broken bone is screened for undiagnosed Osteoporosis.

The person, if at risk, is referred to a DXA scan. Treatment is initiated after the causes of their bone loss are investigated and addressed. This type of service would save the government millions, as 85% of people with Osteoporosis are undiagnosed. 

Other topics covered included an overview of Vitamin D, an update on how to interpret the evidence of Vitamin D, what is appropriate exercise, the Epidemiology of Osteoporosis, prostate cancer, case studies with updates on treatments. 

Best clinical case was delivered by Dr Ciaran Fitzgerald.

Best investigator award went to Ms Aine O’Riordan.

Best overall abstract was won by Dr Eva Mc Cabe.

Best poster by Dr Nagabothula Ramesh.

Please check back with this website for more information on the 2020 IOS Medical Conference.

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This year’s annual meeting has been approved for 7 external CPD points
and 1 gms study leave by the ICGP & 6.5 CEU’s by NMBI 

Please note this conference is intended for Healthcare Professionals only.


  • Lina Zgaga, Associate Professor, Public Health & Primary Care speaking on The effects of Vitamin D on health, how to interpret the evidence. 
  • Aoife Ní Mhuiri, Founder and CEO at Salaso Health Solutions, Lecturer at Institute of Technology, Tralee presenting on Exercise and Osteoporosis. 
  • Dr. Kevin McCarroll, Consultant, Medicine for the Elderly, St James Hospital presenting Case Studies.

Call for Abstracts – Oral & Poster

Abstract submissions are welcome for consideration for the Irish Osteoporosis Society Annual Medical Conference.

General Information

  • Your abstract may have up to 250 words. 
  • Abstracts should be typed in word format and sent as an attachment by email to  Please ensure that Abstract IOS 2019 is typed in the subject box of your email. 
  • Please ensure that the abstract is sent from the e-mail address to which correspondence regarding the conference is to be sent.
  • Please include a contact telephone number/mobile for the presenter/author.
  • No patient identifiers accepted on any material.
  • Please confirm if you wish to submit your abstract for consideration as

o   poster only

o   oral only

o   both poster and oral.

  • Accepted oral abstracts in each award category will have an oral presentation: 5 slides, 5 minutes each with 2 minutes questions and answers (7 minutes total). 

Abstract Award Categories

Young Investigator Award x 2

Best Overall Scientific Abstract x 1

Most Interesting Clinical Case x 1

Best Poster x 1

Closing Date for Abstract Submission: October 4, 2019.

Notification of Review Outcome by Email:   October 8, 2019

Deadline for Accepted Oral & Poster Presenters to Register to Confirm Attendance: October 11, 2019. 

Accepted Abstract Presenters can register to attend at the Early Bird Registration Fee.

For further information please contact Irish Osteoporosis Society on: 01 637 5050 or email: