Founded in 1997, the Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis Program is the first of its kind nationally and regionally as a center of expertise for metabolic bone disorders. Its mission is to promote excellence in clinical care, research and education in disorders of calcium and bone metabolism.
The Program's outstanding achievements in all three endeavors led to the coveted designation by the World Health Organization as a “WHO Collaborating Center (WHO-CC) for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disorders” in 2010 and the redesignation in 2014.
The Program has also been the nucleus for several major initiatives including:
- National and international clinical guidelines on osteoporosis and densitometry. Link to guidlines
- Landmark systematic reviews, meta-analyses, including Cochrane systematic reviews at the national and international level. Link to Publications
- Lebanon online Fracture Risk Assessment FRAX calculator, launched in 2009. More
- The 2010 FRAX Initiative for the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) and International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). Read More
- The 2011 IOF “Middle East & Africa Regional Audit on Epidemiology, Costs and Burden of Osteoporosis”. English Arabic Press release
- The national Associated Research Unit for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disorders in 2011.
- The Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP), a capacity building training grant in quantitative research methods in 2012 and launched in 2013, that allows trainees to pursue a certificate or master of science degree for those interested in pursuing a career in clinical and translational research, particularly focusing on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
- The Scholars in HeAlth Research Program (SHARP). Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), SHARP is a novel curriculum and training paradigm, designed to prepare and graduate the human capital needed to conduct Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) related research in general, and especially NCDs most relevant to the needs of Lebanon and other countries in the region. Read More
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle.