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