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Press Office Overview

Welcome to the Virtual Press Room for the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Congress 2021

A resource to provide you with information and tools to support your reporting during the ASBMR congress, 1-4 October 2021.

This specialist press room will provide you with core information on topics within osteoporosis, as well as facts and figures, tools and resources. You’ll also find multimedia infographics, press materials and interviews with prominent healthcare professionals from across the sector until 11th October 2021.

You can access all of the information here.

We appreciate that you may have additional questions or want to shape your story further; as such, if you would like an interview with one of the healthcare professionals featured within the Virtual Press Room resources or would like to speak to a senior UCB spokesperson, you can request this at any time via


About ASBMR 2021

This year’s congress will be taking place in-person in San Diego, California, USA and virtually in real time between 1st and 4th October 2021. The congress will provide the opportunity to connect with more than 3,000 scientists from around the world for the premier scientific program, packed with cutting-edge research in the bone, mineral and musculoskeletal field.

The exciting agenda includes oral presentations, symposia, ‘Meet the Professor’ sessions and numerous opportunities for networking.


Osteoporosis and fragility fracture

Osteoporosis, meaning “porous bone”, is a condition in which the quality and density of bone are reduced, making bones weak, fragile, and more at risk of breaking. Sometimes bones can be so fragile that even a bump or fall from standing height can lead to a broken bone (commonly called a fragility fracture).1

Globally, a fragility fracture caused by osteoporosis occurs every 3 seconds, which equates to approximately 9 million every year.2 In fact, worldwide, it is estimated that one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a fragility fracture due to osteoporosis in their lifetime.2

As the world’s older population continues to grow, the number of fragility fractures is predicted to rise. Despite this, around 80% of “high-risk” individuals are neither identified nor treated for osteoporosis, even though after suffering a fracture, the risk of a subsequent fracture is increased.3,4

For more information, please click here to view the Virtual Press Room’s osteoporosis factsheet.

At UCB, we strive to find solutions for patients living with severe diseases in immunology, such as osteoporosis, and neurology that can help improve their lives and lead to better patient outcomes. To achieve this, we focus on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions.