25 - 26 April 2020


25 - 26 April 2020

Welcome Message

Dear esteemed Colleagues,

Because of its rapidly-ageing population, the Southern Europe region, like other global regions, will see a pandemic of hip fractures (and other fragility fractures) in the next few decades. The healthcare systems will not be able to cope with this. The FFN - a global organisation - offers a way to meet this challenge, which was published (by FFN plus other international organisations) in 2018 as a Call to Action1, through a combination of:

  • preventing as many fractures as possible by secondary prevention after every fragility fracture
  • treating those that do occur in the best and most cost-effective way, through multidisciplinary co-management, in the peri-operative and rehabilitation phases
  • creating multidisciplinary national alliances that can bring about the necessary changes in healthcare policy to facilitate these actions

You can learn more about the Global FFN from its website:, where you can also join the FFN completely free of charge, gaining access to its website resources. The best way to catalyse the creation of the required national alliances is to set up national FFNs that bring together surgeons, physicians skilled in care of the elderly, anaesthetists, rehabilitationists, nurses and physios and allows them to speak with one voice. Being part of the global FFN is invaluable in learning from the experience of others and avoiding having to ‘re-invent the wheel’, but the actual action has to take place at national level. FFN-Greece, FFN-Italy and SEFRAOS in Spain were set up to do precisely that. There are now thirteen National FFNs worldwide.

The Regional Expert Meeting will focus on how to implement the recommendations of the Call to Action and explore all the issues surrounding fragility fractures in the elderly patient, including the lessons that have been learned about creating national FFNs and achieving healthcare policy change. If you belong to any of the healthcare disciplines listed above and want to make a difference in your country, this meeting is for you. The meeting will be held in Athens in April of 2020, with expert speakers from many European countries. The registration fee is very modest and will include a Networking Dinner.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes

Professor David Marsh

Regionalisation Chair, Fragility Fracture Network

Professor Elias Panagiotopoulos

President of FFN-Greece
1 Dreinhofer K et al (2018). A global call to action to improve the care of people with fragility fractures. Injury 49: 1393-7

Southern Europe Regional Expert Meeting of Fragility Fracture Network

April 25 - 26 2020


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The Fragility Fracture Network is a global organisation aiming to spread best practice for preventing and treating fragility fractures that are caused by osteoporosis and a tendency to fall. It ascribes equal importance to the optimal treatment of the presenting fracture and the prevention of further fractures. Through the National FFNs, as well as educating the relevant healthcare professionals, the FFN aims to secure changes in healthcare policy that will facilitate the delivery of the best care of older patients with fragility fractures.

Organising Committee

Önder Aydingöz
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Turkey
Past President, EFORT
José R. Caeiro
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Spain
President, SEFRAOS
Matt Costa
Orthopaedic Surgeon, UK
Past President, global FFN
John Elloul
Neurologist, Greece
President of 2020 Athens EuGMS Congress
Peter Giannoudis
Orthopaedic Surgeon, UK
Editor, Injury
Christos Lionis
General Practice, Greece
Board member, FFN-Greece
Andréa Marques
Nurse, Portugal
Professor of Nursing, Coimbra
David Marsh
Orthopaedic Surgeon, UK
Regionalisation chair, global FFN
Finbarr Martin
Geriatrician, UK
President, EuGMS
Xanthi Michail
Physiatrist, Greece
Past President of EΑRM
Elias Panagiotopoulos
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Greece
President, FFN-Greece
Luca Pietrogrande
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Italy
President, FFN-Italy
Carmelinda Ruggiero
Geriatrician, Italy
Board member, FFN-Italy
Theodoros Tosounidis
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Greece
Board member, FFN-Greece

Invited Speakers

  • Eleftheria Antoniadou (Greece)
    Chαriklia Armoni (Greece)
    Oral Aydan (Turkey)
    Önder Aydingöz (Turkey)
    Athanasios Benetos (Greece)
    Hubert Blain (France)
    Rey José R. Caeiro (Spain)
    Matt Costa (UK-FFN)
    Paolo Falaschi (Italy)
    Leonid Farba (Russia)
    Jean-Marc Feron (France)
    Frede Frihagen (Norway)
    Peter Giannoudis (UK-Injury)
    Morten Tange Kristensen (Denmark)
    Christos Lionis (Greece)
    Polyzois Macras (Greece)
    David Marsh (UK-FFN)
    Finbarr E. Martin (UK-EuGMS)
    Andréa Marques (Portugal)
    Elias Panagiotopoulos (Greece)
    Luca Pietrogrande (Italy)
    Carmelinda Ruggiero (Italy)
    Ojeda Cristina Thies (Spain)
    Theodoros Tosounidis (Greece)

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