EU Consortia Meetings

SYBIL SATELLITE MEETING Saturday May 13th 2017, Papageno Hall

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RUBICON SYMPOSIUM Tuesday May 16th 2017, 12:55-14:30

Hotel IMLAUER & Bräu Salzburg, Rainerstraße 12-14, Salzburg

12:55-13:00 Welcome remarks
Anna Teti (Italy), Bram van der Eerden (The Netherlands)

13:00-14:30 Scientific session
Chairs: Mike Briggs (UK), Malcolm Collins (South Africa)

13:00-13:30 Danny Chan (China)
Activating the unfolded protein response in osteocytes causes hyperostosis consistent with craniodiaphyseal dysplasia

13:30-14:00 Charles O’Brien (USA)
Osteocytes and RANKL

14:00-14:30 Paul Baldock (Australia)
Bone and energy metabolism

CEE Osteoporosis Summit Working Group

Preliminary Programme


  • Welcome and background of the CEE meetings;
  • Standards of diagnosis and therapy of Osteoporo sis;


30 minutes /3 personal communications/ 3 minutes

  • Strenghts and limitations of biochemical markers in the diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis,
  • Strenghts and limitations of the generation of epidemiologic fracture data in the CEE countries,
  • Strenghts and limitations of diagnosis and treatment in male Osteoporosis


Registration is complimentary for all Pre-Congress Delegates, but pre-registration is required. You can register here

FishBone Workshop

About the FishBone Workshop

Zebrafish, medaka, and other laboratory fish models hold unique potential to open ‎powerful avenues for skeletal research that are challenging in other vertebrate systems. However, ‎the use of fish models for bone biomedical research has yet to be widely established. Modern technologies have ‎brought forth new opportunities to identify genetic and phenotypic similarities between fish and mammalian skeletons, as well as translate across fish and human bone physiologies. These efforts by the community may be greatly aided by bringing together established and potential fish users with bone researchers from different disciplines.
The mission of FishBone is to bring together basic scientists and clinical researchers from the bone biomedical community together with fish skeletal biologists to facilitate cross-talk, establish foundations, and develop new experimental models of skeletal health.

To this end, FishBone, in association with the Interdisciplinary Approaches in Fish Skeletal Biology Association (IAFSB), is happy to announce FishBone 2017 to be held on May 12th, 2017 in Salzburg Austria, in conjunction with the Pre-congress Programme of the 44th European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) Congress.

FishBone participants who attend the ECTS meeting will have the option of presenting their work within a dedicated poster cluster at the ECTS meeting on fish skeletal models.
For more information about FishBone 2017 please visit the workshop website.

Abstract submission for FishBone 2017 is now open. Abstracts are due February 22, 2017.

Online Submission

For abstract submission, download the template and follow the instructions. Save the document as a .doc file using the following naming convention:
Last name of the first author + “_FishBone2017.doc” (for example: LastName_FishBone2017.doc).
Email the file to Please be sure to mark whether you prefer an oral presentation or poster presentation at the FishBone Workshop, and also whether you would like your abstract to be considered for poster presentation at ECTS, within the abstract file.


  • Fish models of musculoskeletal disease
  • Skeletal development
  • Bone regeneration
  • Bone/muscle adaptation
  • Technologies for bone imaging
  • Genetic engineering in fish

The format of FishBone encourages interaction between established and potential fish users and ‎bone researchers from different disciplines. All presenters are encouraged to provide back-ground to bring participants to a basic level of understanding, as well as to present new data.

Organizing Committee

Antonella Forlino
David Karasik
Ronald Kwon
Matthew Harris


You can register to the FishBone 2017 Workshop here


The organizers of FishBone would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

Scanco Medical







German Language Course on Biomarkers (for D-A-CH countries)

Thema des Kurses:

Knochenstoffwechselmarker (bone turnover markers, BTM) werden schon lange als diagnostische Tests für metabolische Knochenerkrankungen eingesetzt. In den letzten 20 Jahren wurden deutlich spezifischere Analyten etabliert, die für die Osteoporosediagnostik, aber besonders auch für das Therapiemonitoring sinnvoll sind. Dieser Kurs soll ein Basiswissen zur klinischen Verwendung von Knochenstoffwechselmarkern vermitteln.


Dieser eintägige Kurs ist offen für alle klinisch tätigen Ärztinnen und Ärzte (aus Endokrinologie, Rheumatologie, Geriatrie, klinischer Chemie, Unfallchirurgie und/oder Orthopädie), Laborfachkräfte und Pflegepersonen, die in das klinische Management von Risikopersonen für osteoporotische Frakturen eingebunden sind.

Am Ende des Kurses sollten die Teilnehmer

  • die Prozesse des Knochenumbaus verstehen und wie sie durch Knochenstoffwechselmarker untersucht werden können
  • die Rolle der Knochenstoffwechselmarker in Diagnose und Therapieüberwachung in einer Reihe von Knochenerkrankungen wie Osteoporose, chronischen Nierenerkrankungen, Mb. Paget, Osteomalazie, kortikoidinduzierter Osteoporose und primärem Hyperparathyreoidismus einschätzen
  • mit bewährten Methoden in der klinischen Anwendung von Knochenstoffwechselmarkern in der Praxis anhand zahlreicher Fallbeispiele gut umgehen können


Sie können sich hier registrieren


ab 08:30 Uhr    Registrierung der TeilnehmerInnen

09:00 Uhr         Begrüßung und Einführung durch Prof. Eastell und Prof. Obermayer-Pietsch

09:15 – 10:45 Uhr     Block I

1. Knochenbiologie und Remodelling
2. Prakt. Aspekte der Messung und Selektion von Biomarkern
3. Ursachen der Variabilität von Knochenbiomarkern
Vortragende: Meier, Obermayer-Pietsch, Siggelkow, Wüster

11:05 – 11:30 Uhr     Kaffeepause

11:30 – 13:00 Uhr     Block II

4. Verwendung von Biomarkern bei  Osteoporose
5. Metabolische Knochenerkrankungen
6. Knochenstoffwechsel bei Niereninsuffizienz
Vortragende: Meier, Obermayer-Pietsch, Siggelkow, Wüster

13:00 – 13:40 Uhr     Mittagessen

13:40 – 14:30 Uhr     Block III

7. Fallbeispiele und Anwendungen, alle

anschließend Testat, alle

Seminarende ca. 15:00 Uhr

15:30 – 15:50 Kaffee und Verabschiedung

ECTS – Mellanby Course on Bone Biomarkers

Course overview:

Bone Turnover Markers (BTM) have long been used as diagnostic tests for metabolic bone diseases. In the past 20 years, markers that are more specific to bone have been introduced and have been found to be useful in osteoporosis, particularly for monitoring treatment. This course aims to provide a background to the clinical use of bone turnover markers.

Target audience:

This day-long course is open to clinicians (e.g. endocrinology, rheumatology, care of the elderly and clinical chemistry), laboratory scientists and nurses involved in the clinical management of patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures.


At the end of the course, participants should:

  • understand the process of bone remodelling and how this can be studied using BTM
  • appreciate the methods used for measuring BTM and their sources of variability
  • be able to identify the role of BTM in the diagnosis and monitoring of bone diseases in a number of clinical settings including; osteoporosis, chronic kidney disease, Paget’s disease, osteomalacia,GIOP and PHPT.
  • be familiar with best practice in the clinical use of BTM


You can register to the ECTS-Mellanby Training Course here



09:30-09:35 BONE TURNOVER MARKERS: AN INTRODUCTION, Richard Eastell (Sheffield, UK)


10:35-11:05    SOURCES OF VARIABILITY IN BTM, Jennifer Walsh (Sheffield, UK)

11:05-11:30    COFFEE BREAK




GROUP B: USING BTM FOR OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT: RESEARCH APPLICATION, Richard Eastell (Sheffield, UK) and Nuria Guanyabens (Barcelona)

13:00-13:40    LUNCH

13:40-14:30    METABOLIC BONE DISEASES IN ADULTS (Pagets, Osteomalacia, GIOP & PHPT), Eugene McCloskey (Sheffield, UK)

14:30-15:00    METABOLIC BONE DISEASE OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISORDER, Barbara Obermeier-Pietsch (Graz, Austria)

15:00-15:30    WHEN AND HOW TO USE BONE HISTOMORPHOMETRY, Erik Eriksen (Oslo, Norway)

15:30-15:50    COFFEE BREAK


GROUP A: PROTOCOLS FOR THE USE OF BTM IN OSTEOPOROSIS PRACTICE, Jennie Walsh (Sheffield, UK) and Erik Eriksen (Oslo, Norway)

GROUP B: USING BTM IN METABOLIC BONE DISEASE, Eugene McCloskey (Sheffield, UK) and Nuria Guanyabens (Barcelona)

17:10-17:30    EXPERT PANEL: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, All speakers

17:30        CLOSE OF DAY

Basic Science & Technology Highlights

Wish to hear opinion leaders present overview lectures on important timely topics?
The ECTS Update Program on basic science and technologies on Saturday morning is the place to be. Topics include:

  • Bone cell function in bone and beyond
  • Bone and the haematopoetic niche
  • Good practice in PCR

Authentication of cell lines

Where is the field of musculoskeletal research heading in the next 5-10 years?
Who would know better than Europe’s top researchers collaborating in EU funded consortia. Each year you can hear and meet these experts at the ECTS EU Consortia Summit. For ECTS 2017 they will team up with top speakers from the US and Asia.

Keynote lecture by Laura Calvi, US, expert on the bone microenvironment
Pitch talks from 5+ of the top research consortia funded by the EU
The Asian perspective by top representatives from Asian bone societies

What is new in preclinical bone research?

  • Listen to What is New – The Year in Review to get an overview of major innovations of the past year presented by one of the top opinion leaders.


Wish to hear the latest state of the art research in basic science and technology?

  • ECTS 2017 has experts from around the world covering the topics in different presentation formats:


Plenary lecture Insights from Outside

  • This year the topic is Big Data. What is different in the analysis of Big Data, how can you exploit the wealth of information.


Preclinical workshops

  • Ribosomal proteins in health and disease
  • Liquid biopsies
  • Autophagy



  • Neuronal regulation of bone remodelling
  • Bone biomechanics and bone quality
  • Predisposition to tendon injury


Meet the Experts

  • Stephan Bustin: PCR
  • Anjali Kusumbe: Bone vasculature
  • Duncan Basset: Bone phenotyping in mice
  • Charles O´Brien: Transgenic mice for bone research – proper controls
  • Ellen Gravallese: Resolution of inflammation Lorenz Hofbauer: what is the mechanism for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis

and, as a special topic:

  • Randy Levinson: How to publish in Nature Medicine


Working Groups

  • Epigenetics
  • Imaging of bone strength
  • Rare bone diseases (NEW)
  • Transgenic animal models of musculoskeletal diseases (NEW)

Clinical Highlights

Wish to hear experienced clinicians provide guidance on osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment?
The ECTS Clinical Update Program on Saturday morning is the place to be. Topics include:

  • Osteoporosis – diagnostic workup
  • Fracture risk assessment and intervention thresholds
  • Calcium and vitamin D
  • Choice of treatment
  • Treatment of osteoporosis in patients with reduced kidney function


Are you interested in disorders affecting bone beyond osteoporosis?
At ECTS 2017 we will focus on endocrinological disorders and bone with overview lectures by top opinion leaders. Topics include:

  • Diabetes and bone health
  • Thyroid diseases and bone health
  • Sodium and bone health
  • Parathyroid diseases and bone health


What is new in clinical bone research?

  • Listen to What is New – The Year in Review to get an overview of major innovations of the past year presented by one of the top opinion leaders.


New bone anabolic treatments may soon become available – should you fundamentally change your approach to treat osteoporosis?
Listen to the clinical debate on

  • “This house believes that anabolic therapy should be first line therapy for patients with established osteoporosis”


Wish to hear the latest state of the art clinical research ?
ECTS 2017 has experts from around the world covering the topics in different presentation formats:

  • Plenary lecture Insights from Outside.
  • This year the topic is Big Data. How can data mining affect diagnosis and treatment in the future?


Clinical workshops

  • Bone in rheumatoid disorders
  • Nutrition and bone
  • Vitamin D, back to the future



  • Fracture risk in neurological diseases
  • BMD revisited: Can BMD be used as a surrogate for fracture risk reduction?
  • Tendon injury and therapy


Meet the Experts

  • Dennis Black: Long-term treatment of osteoporosis
  • Terry Aspray: Optimal replacement with vitamin D
  • Jenny Walsh: How to manage the young person with osteoporosis
  • Ken Saag: Difficult cases in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis

and, as a special topic:

Randy Levinson: How to publish in Nature Medicine


Working Groups

  • Rheumatologic disorders of bone
  • Imaging of bone strength
  • Rare bone diseases (NEW)

Pre-Congress Programme

Friday, 12 May 2017

Pre-congress programmes will be held prior to the start of ECTS 2017, on Friday 12 May 2017

  • Pre-Congress attendance can be booked along or separately from ECTS 2017 conference attendance. Space is limited, so registration and payment is required in order to secure your place.
  • CME will be applied for the Pre-Congress Trainings on Bone Biomarkers.


ECTS-Mellanby Training Course

on Bone Biomarkers

09:30 – 17:30

ECTS-DVO Training Course

on Bone Biomarkers – German Language

09:00 – 15:00

FishBone Workshop

09:00 – 18:00

CEE Osteoporosis Summit

Working Group

17:00 – 19:00


Scientific Programme

The Programme of the ECTS 2017 Congress will provide a complete offer for basic and translational scientists, clinical researchers and AHP working in the field of bone and related diseases. The scientific programme will highlight the state-of-the-art clinical practices, recent advances, new data and views from different stakeholders, in a format designed to encourage interactions.

Click on the picture to enlarge and download the PDF version of the Programme at a Glance.


Have a look at the final programme

Networking Programme

Official ECTS 2017 Events

Welcome Reception
Saturday, 13 May 2017
from 20:45 in the Exhibition Area (1st floor of the congress center)

New Investigator Gathering
Sunday, 14 May 2017
following the New Investigator Seminar (Mozart Hall, ground floor of the congress center)

AHP Networking
Sunday, 14 May 2017
from 19:00 outside Doppler-Hall (4th floor of the congress center)

ECTS Academy Gathering
Monday, 15 May 2017
from 20:15 outside Mozart Hall (ground floor of the congress center)

Official Congress Evening
Monday, 15 May 2017
Stiegl Keller

Delegate fee: EUR 40,-/person
Accompanying person’s fee: EUR 65,-/person

Coffee & Lunch Breaks
daily from Saturday, 13 May 2017 to Tuesday, 16 May 2017
in the Exhibition Area (1st floor of the congress center)


Events Organised by Other Parties

Evening for Industry Events
Sunday, 14 May 2017

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