|NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
||Office of Medical Applications of Research|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 23, 2000
Contacts: John Bowersox (OMAR)|
Judith Wortman (NIAMS)
The panel will present its draft statement to the public for comment at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Following this public comment session, the panel will release its revised consensus statement at a news conference at 1 p.m. and take questions from the media.
The consensus statement is the report of an independent panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government. The NIH Consensus Development Program was established in 1977 to resolve in an unbiased manner controversial topics in medicine. To date, NIH has conducted 110 such conferences addressing a wide range of controversial medical issues important to health care providers, patients, and the general public.
Additional information about this conference, including the meeting agenda, local area hotels, and directions to NIH, is available at the NIH Consensus Development Program Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov.
NOTE TO TV EDITORS: The news conference at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 will be broadcast live via satellite on the following coordinates: Galaxy 6, Transponder 5; C-Band; Download Frequency 3800; Polarity Horizontal. (Test time 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.)
NOTE TO RADIO EDITORS: An audio report of the conference results will be available after 4 p.m. March 29, 2000 from the NIH Radio News Service by calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425).
The NIH Consensus Development Conference on Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy will be broadcast live on the Internet by NIH Videocasting. Go to the NIH Videocast Web site http://videocast.nih.gov/ any day during the conference and look for the link to the conference under "Today's Events." Viewing the videocast requires RealPlayer software, which can be downloaded from the NIH Videocast Web site.