EMRI takes a leading role in outreach to Iranian patients, doctors and policy makers

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IOF congratulates the dedicated staff of EMRI for their outstanding commitment to osteoporosis and non-communicable disease prevention, as well as for their exemplary participation in IOF programmes and projects.

The Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute (EMRI) in Iran, affiliated with the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, has been an active IOF member society since 2004. This year, EMRI’s wide range of activities for World Osteoporosis Day and more generally in the non-communicable disease arena deserves special recognition.

As in past years, several World Osteoporosis Day events and campaigns took place, providing information to both patients, doctors and media.

  • An IOF-ISCD Osteoporosis Essentials course was held on October 12-13 in collaboration with Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. The course provided succinct information to clinicians and allied healthcare professionals on the clinical management of osteoporosis and on densitometry.
  • For patients, a translation of the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check was launched in Persian on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day. Furthermore, on October 24th, a public awareness event was held at Kourosh Mall in Tehran, to educate the public about osteoporosis, its prevention, burden, risk assessment and timely diagnosis. The event was organized in collaboration with the Tachra Darou Pharmaceutical Company.
  • On October 24th a one-day Symposium on Osteoporosis was held at EMRI’s Osteoporosis Research Center at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

EMRI also plays an important role in advancing non-communicable disease prevention at the national and international level.

Prof. Bagher Larijani, Director and Chief Scientific Officer of EMRI, was lead author of a landmark publication in The Lancet in May 2019. The report ‘Iran in Transition’ broadly examines the health status in Iran over the past centuries up to now, outlining progress and challenges.

EMRI’s Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center (NCDRC) announced the launch of the country’s first visualization system for population health and disease information (VIZIT). Due to the enormous quality of population health data, resulting from different research projects, researchers in the country realized that there was a need to create a system to visualize population health and disease data by sex and age groups at the national and subnational levels. VIZIT provides a system in which aggregated data are freely available as CSV/XLSX and can be downloaded as different types of graphs, maps and bar charts. The information which is already available in the VIZIT includes

  • The prevalence and mean of NCDs risk factors by sex, age groups, and area of residency at national and subnational levels in 2016
  • The mortality rate, number and percent by cause of death, sex, age groups at national and subnational levels from 1990 to 2015
  • The incidence rate, number and percent by type of cancer, sex, age groups at national and subnational levels from 1990 to 2016

> Access VIZIT (use with PC /laptop)

The visualized information in this system are open access and the results of other population health studies will be added to the system in the near future. This system will facilitate and boost the use of Iranian population health and disease information by researchers and health policy officials.

IOF congratulates the dedicated staff of EMRI for their outstanding commitment to osteoporosis and non-communicable disease prevention, as well as their exemplary participation in IOF programmes and projects.