The Foundation

FIROMMS (Italian Foundation for Research on Osteoporosis and Musculoskeletal Diseases) is the first Italian nonprofit Foundation committed to osteoporosis and musculoskeletal diseases.
The scope of FIROMMS is to establish an International Research Institute in Italy that will be at the forefront of research, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of populations at risk of fractures and thus at risk of loosing their independent living, including children, adults and elderly.
The Foundation will also promote and organize satellite centers of research and education that would foster international cooperation to address unmet needs in the area of musculoskeletal health in populations at risk worldwide.
Preventing and treating osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal diseases is an ambitious goal, and FIROMMS is committed to the highest standards in both research and clinical practice, in order to offer the best possible patient care.
Founded in Rome in May 2004, FIROMMS is affiliated with the International Osteoporosis Foundation and it is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Louis V. Avioli, one of the pioneers of bone metabolism, founding member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Prof. Avioli established a division within the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, wholly dedicated to bone and mineral research, where many of the current leaders in this field received their education and developed novel research programs, and which continues to be recognized as a leading center for teaching, research and patient care.
FIROMMS’ dream is to improve musculoskeletal health for all individuals, thus letting people enjoy the freedom of independent living without the burden caused by back pain and fractures.


In order to reach our objectives, FIROMMS encourages the contribution of an International technical scientific committee which is fully independent. This committee intervenes in the development and approval of all the scientific programs in both the public and educational sectors, it also creates and promotes innovative research in osteoporosis and the muscular skeletal system, hence guaranteeing the correct use of the funds donated to FIROMMS.
The technical scientific committee is composed of both men and women who volunteer and dedicate their time and professional competence to the foundation


Prof. Carlina V. Albanese



– Dr. Arrigo Montella
– Prof. Avv. Filippo Satta
– Dr.ssa Donatella Visconti



– Prof. Roberto Civitelli (Direttore della Divisione Osteoporosi e Malattie Metaboliche
dell’Osso Washington University St. Louis – USA)
– Prof. Maria Grano (Prof. ordinario I fascia Istologia e Embriologia Università degli Studi di Bari)
– Prof. Antonella Polimeni (Prof. ordinario I fascia MED/28 Università di Roma Sapienza)
– Prof. Ciro Villani (Prof. ordinario I fascia MED/33 Università di Roma Sapienza)



– Dr. Alessio Fattori (Presidente)
– Dr. Clara Grandis
– Dr. Paola Donatelli