The OIF’s April Newsletter is here!
National Osteogenesis Imperfecta Awareness Week is May 6 – 13, 2023!
One of the most effective (and free!) ways to raise awareness during National OI Awareness Week (May 6-13, 2023) is through social media. Please join us in bringing attention to this important week by sharing OIF posts, facts about OI, your OI story, and information about OIF programs and events on your social media pages including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
We have provided sample posts for your use below. Stay connected with the OI Foundation and OI community by using the hashtags #OIawarenessweek and #UnbreakableSpirit in your posts.
Guidelines for Use: OI Awareness Week logos and graphics may be used for educational and informational purposes in relation to OI Awareness Week. These graphics may not be used to endorse products/services or to solicit funds.
National OI Awareness Week
These graphics are perfect to remind your friends and family that a very special week is coming up!
- National OI Awareness Week is May 6-13! Please join me in raising awareness and support for a community that is so special to me! #OIawarenessweek #UnbreakableSpirit
- I can’t wait for #OIawarenessweek! I will be raising OI awareness by…. I hope you will join me by….
- National OI Awareness Week begins tomorrow! I will be raising OI awareness and hope you will do the same! To raise OI awareness this week, I will… [YOUR RESPONSE HERE]. This is important to me because … For more information on how you can raise awareness and support the OIF this week, visit www.oif.org/awarenessweek. #OIawarenessweek #UnbreakableSpirit
Facts about OI
OI is a rare disease that your social media friends may not know much about, or even heard of! OI Awareness Week is the perfect time to share facts about OI!
- Do you know what osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is? OI is a rare and complex genetic disorder of the collagen that is often characterized by bones that break easily. While the major feature of OI is bones that break easily, many other body systems may be affected and individuals with OI may experience dental issues, hearing loss, muscle weakness, cardiac and respiratory issues. OI is highly variable, ranging from few symptoms and fractures to a form that is lethal at birth. Learn more about OI at www.oif.org. #OIawarenessweek #UnbreakableSpirit
- What causes OI? OI is caused by a mutation (change) in collagen, the major protein present in bone. These mutations affect bone composition, formation, and strength, as well as the structure of other tissues. Learn more at www.oif.org #OIawarenessweek #UnbreakableSpirit
Share resources on your social media pages for your friends, family, and followers to learn more about OI.
- The OI Foundation’s goal is to provide information for OI community members, medical professionals, and caregivers. The OIF’s online Information Center includes medically verified information about OI, OI publications, video resources, and fact sheets. Learn more about OI and the programs of the OI Foundation at www.oif.org. #OIawarenessweek #SHAREforAWARENESS
- Raising awareness of OI is so important, especially during National OI Awareness Week! One of the best ways to understand is to ask questions! Do you have questions about OI? I’ll do my best to answer them and share my experiences! #OIawarenessweek #UnbreakableSpirit
Share Your Story
During OI Awareness Week, your friends and family want to hear from YOU! One of the best ways to raise OI awareness among your friends, family, and community is to share your OI story!
Share your relationship and experience with OI, what having OI means to you, or a personal story.
How to Support the OI Community
Your friends, family, and fellow OI community members may want to support National OI Awareness Week, but are not sure where to begin! Share this list of 5 simple ways to participate in this special week!
- There are so many ways to get involved in National OI Awareness Week! It would mean the world to me if my family, friends, and followers would join me in raising awareness for OI this week. For more information about how you can get involved, please visit www.oif.org/awarenessweek. #OIawarenessweek
Connect with the OI Foundation on Social Media! Like, follow, share!
7707: Use of clear aligners for the treatment of dental malocclusion in individuals with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Types III and IV
Misalignment of teeth may interfere with oral hygiene, gum health, jaw function, opening of the jaw, chewing, breathing, and speech. It can also affect the shape of your face, mouth and overall quality of life. There is very little information on the appropriate treatment for teeth misalignment in OI.
The purpose of this study is to determine if it is safe to use Invisalign clear aligners in correcting the misalignment of teeth in people with OI. Clear aligners are transparent plastic trays that are designed to fit over your teeth. With each new tray, teeth are moved a little at a time until they reach the desired position. We plan to have approximately 57 people take part in this study. If you take part in this study, you will be asked to come to a participating site for up to a total of 15 study visits over a course of 2 years and 4 months (or 28 months).
You may be eligible to participate if you:
- are between ages 12 – 40
- have OI type III or IV
- have had no prior orthodontic treatment
How to participate:
In order to participate, you must contact the study coordinator of any of the participating institutions by phone or by e-mail. Please use the information below to inquire about participation:
National Institutes of Dental Craniofacial Research (Bethesda, Maryland)
Contact: Danielle Elangue MHA, MBA, RN, Research Nurse Specialist ( C )
301-451-9733 | firstname.lastname@example.org
University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
Contact: Sarah Gaunt, Clinical Research Coordinator
310 -206 -7176 | email@example.com
Disclaimer: The OI Foundation is not involved in the design or management of this research, and as such, is neither endorsing nor supporting this study. The mission of the OIF is to keep the OI community informed of all relevant studies. This information is made available as a service to the OI community. We are available to answer questions on this or any other research announcement. Please contact the OI Foundation at (301) 947-0083 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
National OI Awareness Week is May 6 – 13, 2023!
National OI Awareness Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness for OI and sharing your Unbreakable Spirit®. OI Awareness Week is scheduled around Wishbone Day (May 6), the international OI Awareness Day. Each year during National OI Awareness Week, OI community members request state proclamations, hang flyers, hold events, and share social media posts to raise OI awareness.
How will YOU raise OI awareness this week?
We need YOUR help to proclaim National OI Awareness Week (May 4 – 11, 2024) in every state!
To request a proclamation in your state, follow the steps below.
- Click on your state below.
- Suggested Proclamation Request Language and Suggested Proclamation language are available here. If required, you may copy/paste this into your proclamation request form.
- When you receive your proclamation, please send an electronic version to email@example.com. If you did not receive an electronic version, please send a photo of the mailed proclamation.
If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela at firstname.lastname@example.org.