European Region

Region description

Europe is a very active Region of FFN, organizing educational events and engaging with success in projects of high importance. There are currently 10 established national FFNs in the European Region. We are working on the establishment of more national FFNs  in order to network with health professionals from all European countries, create and share best practices, find and solve care gaps and improve the fragility fracture care continuum, enhancing the global effort of FFN.

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Carmelinda Ruggiero

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Dr. Ruggiero is professor of Geriatrics-Internal Medicine at University of Perugia, Italy. She is founder and head of the Orthogeriatric Unit of the Academic Hospital in Perugia, formally established in 2016, and of the Falls and Fracture Prevention Service, accredited as Post-Fracture Care Service by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, since 2017. She has been studying frailty, inflammation as underlying mechanism of age-related diseases, focusing on osteoporosis, bone-muscle interaction, fragility fractures and orthogeriatric acute and post-fracture care models. She developed and conducted regional educational programs in Orthogeriatrics for HC professionals and established Orthogeriatric curricula for Nursing Master Degree. Recipient of many National and International research grants. She is listed among top Italian scientists (150 publications in peer-review journal, 4200 citations and H-index 36). Dr Ruggiero is founder member and Past President of FFN Italy and the Co-Chair of the FFN European region.

Anastasios P. Nikolaides



Dr A. Nikolaides is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialised in Hip Trauma, Lower Limb Periprosthetic Trauma, Paediatric Trauma as well as Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee and Hip.
He graduated from Thessaloniki Medical School in 1990 and started his internship in Orthopaedics and Trauma the same year in the United Kingdom.
He is the Head of the Femoral Fragility Fracture Service based at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital the biggest in UK treating 1200 Hip and Periprosthetic Fractures annually with a special interest in MIPPO techniques.
Since 2023 he is the Director of a Femoral Fragility Fellowship the only one currently available in UK.
He is a Guest Editor of Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Journal.
He is a dedicated Lower Limb Arthroplasty with a special interest in Kinematic Alignment Total Knee Arthroplasty and Hip Arthroplasty.
He is Honorary Associate Clinical Professor Birmingham University and Member of the Academy of Medical Educators in recognition of his achievements as e Medical Educator.

Europe Regions

  • UK
  • Bulgaria
  • Albania
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Norway
  • Ukraine

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