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World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and
Musculoskeletal Diseases – the “WCO-IOF-ESCEO Congress”
The 18th edition of the WCO-IOF-ESCEO Congress – Krakow 2018
On 19–20 April 2018, the 18th edition of the World Conference on Osteoporosis, Degenerative Disease
and Musculoskeletal Disorders was held in Krakow, gathering medical specialists dealing with osteoporo-
sis – rheumatologists, orthopedists and internists – from all over the world. As many as 3,965 participants
were registered, with a record number of submitted abstracts (as compared to previous editions of the
conference). 1513 abstracts were selected by the Scientiﬁc Advisory Committee – co-chaired by Professor
René Rizzoli and Professor Cyrus Cooper – for oral or poster presentations, being subsequently published
in the supplement of the scientiﬁc journal of Osteoporosis International with other metabolic bone diseases
(Volume 29, Supplement 1).
The participants included representatives of the Polish medical community, with Prof. Edward Czerwiń-
ski, Prof. Piotr Głuszko, Prof. Ewa Marcinkowska-Suchowierska, Prof. Paweł Płudowski, Prof. Piotr Leszczyńs-
ki, Prof. Wojciech Pluskiewicz and Dr. Przemysław Borowy speaking at and chairing scientiﬁc sessions. The
posters were presented by Prof. Brygida Kwiatkowska, Prof. Wojciech Glinkowski, Joanna Dmowska-Chalaba,
Kinga Kostyra-Grabczak, Małgorzata Mańczak and Maria Maślińska.
The participants were not only able to enjoy interesting lectures, but could also meet experts in the
ﬁeld during additionally organized events, discussing particular problems with them directly. Sessions with
experts such as Etienne Chevalier, Nicolas Harvey, Emmanuel Biver, Roland D. Chapurlat, Francois Rannou,
Bess Dawson-Hughes, Stefan Maggi and Edward Czerwiński were particularly fascinating.
Kraków welcomed the participants of the Congress with a gala at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre. The
beautiful weather and a new modern congress center – where all the other activities took place – located on
the Vistula riverbank, with a magniﬁcent view of the Wawel Castle, made taking part in the congress even
In 2019, the organizers invite you to the WCO-IOF-ESCEO Congress in Paris.
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In the photo from the left: Prof. Piotr Głuszko,
Prof. Wojciech Pluskiewicz, Prof. Edward Czer-
wiński, Prof. Ewa Marcinkowska-Suchowierska,
Prof. Paweł Płudowski