Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal
The Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal, awarded for the first time in 2010, recognizes a researcher who has made outstanding and groundbreaking achievements in basic bone science. The late Professor Herbert Fleisch was a renowned researcher whose groundbreaking work contributed to the development of the field of scientific knowledge about metabolic bone diseases and their treatment.
Professor Jonathan D. Adachi was awarded the 2019 Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, in Paris, France. Dr Adachi is a Professor of Medicine and Actavis Chair for Better Bone Health in Rheumatology at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He is a board member of the IOF and an internationally recognized clinical researcher and educator.
In 2018 the Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal was awarded to Dr Charlotte Beaudart, Adjunct Professor and researcher at the Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics at the University of Liège, Belgium. She is recognized for her expertise in advanced meta-analysis and for her outstanding contributions to ESCEO and EUGMS working groups on sarcopenia. Dr Beaudart has published influential papers which have significantly advanced knowledge of epidemiology and health-related quality of life assessment in sarcopenia.
The 2017 Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal was awarded to Dr Helena Johansson at a ceremony during the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Florence, Italy in March 2017. Dr Johansson is an internationally recognized statistician in the field of osteoporosis and is the principal architect of the country-specific FRAX models, which involves the application of FRAX equations to the epidemiology of mortality and fracture in each country. She has been instrumental in the meta-analyses that underpins the FRAX tool, and has also contributed to the development of clinical practice guidelines in relation to FRAX.
The 2016 Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal was awarded to Professor René Rizzoli, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at University Hospitals of Geneva during the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Malaga, Spain in April 2016. Professor Rizzoli is presently a member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Executive Committee as treasurer, and also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO). He is involved in both basic and clinical research projects investigating hormone action, bone growth, the role of nutrition, calcium, bisphosphonates, selective oestrogen modulators, denosumab and strontium ranelate in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and disorders of mineral metabolism. Prof. Rizzoli is the author of more than 800 publications and is co-editor in chief of Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Research and associate editor of Osteoporosis International.
The 2014 Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal was awarded on April 3, 2014 to eminent Belgian researcher Prof. Jean-Marc Kaufman, Professor of Medicine at the Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium. Over a long and prolific career, Professor Kaufman has made valuable contributions to the study of osteoporosis and ageing. His work has helped to advance our understanding of the regulation and action of sex steroids in health, disease and ageing in men, with particular focus on osteoporosis in men.
The 2013 Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal was awarded on April 17 at the opening of the European Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis in Rome, Italy to Professor Mary Bouxsein. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to knowledge about skeletal fragility. Mary Bouxsein currently holds joint appointments as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, adjunct Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, and is also a faculty member in the MIT-Bioastronautics Program.
The 2nd Herbert A. Fleisch ESCEO-IOF Medal was awarded to eminent Danish researcher Prof. Claus Christiansen MD, MMSci at the opening of the IOF-ECCEO12 meeting of March 2012 in Bordeaux, France. Professor Christiansen was honoured for his distinguished body of work. Over a long career, he spearheaded research in many areas of osteoporosis including the development of densitometry, markers of bone turnover and clinical trials. He was a co-founder of the European Foundation of Osteoporosis – later to become the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Claus Christiansen is currently the Chairman and President of Nordic Bioscience and CCBR-Synarc.
The inaugural Medal was awarded to Professor Gerard Karsenty at the European Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis (ECCEO11-IOF), in Valencia, Spain in March 2011. Prof. Karsenty M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics & Development, at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York. Professor Karsenty is renowned for his many fundamental contributions to understanding skeletal development and skeletal physiology. His laboratory has been instrumental in identifying Runx2 as the master gene of osteoblast differentiation and in deciphering the entire genetic cascade of osteoblast differentiation.