Bone Matters is an ongoing series of interactive forums broadcast live over the Internet. Each forum, led by a Canadian expert in osteoporosis care, will help participants better understand how to prevent the next fracture and live well with osteoporosis.

Topics to be covered include advancements in treatments, exercises for individuals with osteoporosis, bone-friendly nutrition and other issues identified by COPN (Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network) members as the ones in which they are most interested.

How can I find out about upcoming Bones Matters?

All COPN members are alerted to upcoming forums in COPING, their biweekly newsletter. Not already a member of COPN? Sign up here for the free newsletter and much more. Notices will also be published on the Osteoporosis Canada website and through our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter.

What do I need to participate? With a computer with a high speed internet connection you can participate in Bone Matters at home, work or even a public library.
For more information contact the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network (COPN):


The Patient Journey

Friday, November 15, 2019

Presenter: Dr. Marla Shapiro C.M.

Moderator: Dr. Famida Jiwa, President and CEO, Osteoporosis Canada

In this webinar, you will

  • Become familiar with the patient journey
  • Understand the importance of knowing what a fracture can mean to you

Dr. Marla Shapiro is a family physician, health journalist for CTV, Canada AM and The Globe and Mail, author, and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.


Drug-Induced Osteoporosis

Presenter: Nese Yuksel BSc Pharm, Pharm D, FCSHP, NCMP
Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta

Aired: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Fracture Risk Assessment: From Basics to Baffling

Presenter: William D. Leslie MD, MSc, FRCPC
Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Radiology, University of Manitoba

Aired: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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The D-Lemmas of D

Presenter: Stephanie Atkinson, PhD, DSc(Hons), FCAHS
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, McMaster Children’s Hospital

Aired: March 20, 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions about Osteoporosis

Presenter: Sandra Kim, MD, FRCPC

Aired: November 28, 2018

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Ostéoporose: Foire aux questions (en français)

Presenter: Suzanne Morin, MD, MSc, FRCP

Aired: November 21, 2018

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Osteoporosis & Yoga: Suggestions for Safe and Appropriate Practice

Aired: September 13, 2018

Presenter: Caitlin McArthur, PhD (Kinesiology), PT

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Protein for Healthy Bones

Aired: June 28, 2018

Presenter: Wendy E. Ward, PhD

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Osteoporosis and Cancer – What’s the Connection?

Aired: October 3, 2017

Presenter: Rowena Ridout, MD, FRCPC

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Spine Sparing Strategies: Moving Safely to Prevent Spine Fractures

Aired: May 3, 2017

Presenter: Caitlin McArthur, MScPT, PhD

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Previous Public Education Forum presentation topics (archives no longer available):

  • The Serious Side of Gravity: Prevention of Falls and Fractures, by Fabio Feldman, PhD
  • Getting the Most of Your Healthcare Appointment, by Andrea Martin and Darren Robbins
  • Travelling with Osteoporosis, by Maureen Ashe and Dolores Langford
  • Healthy Eating for Healthy Bones, by Diana M. Steele, R.D
  • Bone Matters – Take charge of your bone health, by Dr. Marla Shapiro
  • Treatments of Osteoporosis: Expected Benefits, Potential Harms and Drug Holidays, by Dr. Suzanne Morin
  • Are You to Fit to Fracture? New exercise and physical activity recommendations for individuals with osteoporosis, by Dr. Lora Giangregorio
  • You Can Prevent Falls and the Injuries they Cause, by Dr. Vicky Scott
  • Men and Osteoporosis: So you think it can’t happen to you?, by Dr. Jonathan Adachi