From October 4-6, Ghent University, Belgium hosted t a two-day kick-off meeting for the PoCOsteo project, a new European initiative to target early-stage osteoporosis detection. The project is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Industrial leadership in nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing and processing (H2020-NMBP).
Ghent University coordinates the project, which involves the following industrial, academic and clinical partners: Universitat Rovira I Virgili and microLIQUID (Spain), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung (Germany), Labman Automation (United Kingdom), Medizinische Universität Graz (Austria), Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute (Iran) and Fundico (Belgium). The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) supports and advises on the project.
IOF Chief Executive Officer, Dr Philippe Halbout attended the Meeting on behalf of IOF and spoke in an introductory presentation about osteoporosis and its human and socioeconomic burden.