Partner IOF

Prof. Cyrus Cooper, OBE, DL, FMedSci, President IOF

Impact Partner DO-HEALTH


Professor Cooper is the current President of the IOF, as well as Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit; Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton; and Professor of Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, UK. He leads an internationally competitive programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. He is currently Chair of the Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies Initiative; Chair of the BHF Project Grants Committee; an emeritus NIHR Senior Investigator; and Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International. He has published extensively (over 850 research papers) on osteoporosis and rheumatic disorders and pioneered clinical studies on the developmental origins of peak bone mass.


Philippe Halbout, Chief Executive Officer IOF

Impact Partner DO-HEALTH

 P Halbout

Philippe Halbout has been the Chief Executive Officer of IOF since May 2016. In this role, he heads the largest global NGO in the bone field, which comprises 234 member national societies and 138 scientific experts. His many areas of responsibility include strategic and programme development, as well as ensuring the Foundation’s financial growth and stability. Dr Halbout earned his PhD in immunology from the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He has extensive experience in the bone field and looks back on a successful 10-year career in the industry in which he held leadership roles within Research and Development and International Marketing, with specific focus on osteoporosis therapy. He has also been Director of Competitive Intelligence for all therapeutic areas at the global level. As IOF Executive President Dr Halbout is strongly committed to making bone health and osteoporosis prevention a healthcare priority, while personally sharing IOF’s vision of a future in which ‘healthy mobility’ is a reality for all.


IOF is the leading global foundation dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. IOF works through its Committee of Scientific Advisors, international scientific leaders in the field of bone and fracture prevention and particularly vitamin D deficiency. IOF disseminates information through its committee of national societies comprised of 190 scientific and patient societies, through its extensive media outlets and interactions with EU agencies.

As a partner of DO-HEALTH, the IOF communicates osteoporosis-related findings on a broad level and support efforts of including DO-HEALTH findings, if relevant, into guidelines of improved osteoporosis care at older age.  IOF also organized the international DO-HEALTH symposium.

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