February 2000 AAOS Report

Bone and Joint Decade officially launched Jan. 13

The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 was officially launched on Jan. 13. Lars Lidgren, MD, PhD, chairman, department of orthopaedics, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden, and chairman of the International Steering Committee of the Bone and Joint Decade, presided at an educational meeting and press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Stuart Weinstein, MD, chairman of the AAOS Bone and Joint Decade Task Force, and Bruce Browner, MD, member of the International Steering Committee, reviewed the size of the problem and goals for the key disorders - osteoporosis, trauma, spinal disorders, joint diseases and children with deformities. On Jan. 14-15, the World Health Organization (WHO) held a scientific group meeting to identify the burden of musculoskeletal conditions, treatment and prevention measures. "After attending the conference my expectations for this program and its importance are at even a higher level," said Dr. Weinstein. "Each session was chaired by high level officials of the WHO and the spirit of cooperation among specialty groups was even greater than I anticipated." Joseph A. Buckwalter, MD, chairman of the Council on Research and Scientific Affairs, and Cynthia Shewan, PhD, director, AAOS department of research, presented information on musculoskeletal conditions in the United States. More than 750 world organizations and 20 national governments have endorsed the Bone and Joint Decade. In the United States, Texas, Missouri, Arizona, South Dakota, Connecticut and Illinois have approved proclamations. The initiative also has the support of Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary-General, and WHO. To encourage President Clinton to proclaim the Bone and Joint Decade in the United States call the AAOS hotline (888) 671-4900 to send a fax to the president or be connected to the White House.

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