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.

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Friday 12 May 2017


Saturday 13 May 2017

WIN (What is New): The year in review

  • What is new in preclinical research? – Duncan Bassett (UK)
  • What is new in clinical research? – Salvatore Minisola (Italy)

Clinical Update

  • Osteoporosis diagnostics – Eugene McCloskey (UK), Carola Zillikens (The Netherlands)
  • Osteoporosis treatment – Adolfo Diez-Perez (Spain), Erik Fink Eriksen (Norway), Östen Ljunggren (Sweden), Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch (Austria)
  • Endocrinological disorders and bone – Pia Eiken (Denmark), Lorenz Hofbauer (Germany), Graham Williams (UK)

Basic Science Update

  • Bone cell function in bone and beyond – Bram van der Eerden (The Netherlands)
  • Bone and the haematopoetic niche – Laura Calvi (USA)
  • Technology Update

ECTS/ASBMR Clinical Debate

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

Educational Symposium on Biomarkers

Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions

ECTS Academy meets EU Consortia

Allied Health Professions Session – Terrence Aspray (UK), Eugene McCloskey (UK)

Industry Exhibition and Sponsored Satellite symposia


Sunday 14 May 2017

Plenary Lecture: Insights from Outside: Big Data and clinical medicine

  • Using biobanks to study the genetic basis for common diseases – Ian Hall (UK)

Symposium 1: Evaluation of post-treatment bone fragility and fracture risk in osteoporosis

  • Bone biomechanics and bone quality – Matthew Allen (USA)
  • BMD revisited: Can BMD be used as a surrogate for fracture risk reduction – Dennis Black (USA)

Clinical Workshop: Bone in rheumatic diseases

  • Bone Involvement in Ankylosing Spondylitis: how to prevent bone loss and new bone formation (syndesmophytes) – Dominique L.P. Baeten (The Netherlands)
  • Optimal treatment of RA: prevention of erosions, but also healing? – Ellen Gravallese (USA)

Preclinical Workshop: Ribosomal proteins in health and disease

  • Role of Ribosomal proteins in the pathophysiology of myelodysplastic syndrome – Rebekka Schneider-Kramann (Germany)
  • A novel ribosomopathy links translational fidelity to intellectual disability, autism, and dysmorphism – Alyson MacInnes (The Netherlands)

Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions

Clinical and Basic Science Meet-the Experts

Working Groups

AHP Networking

NI Seminar and Networking

Industry Exhibition and Sponsored Satellite symposia


Monday 15 May 2017

Clinical Workshop: Nutrition and bone

  • Macronutrients and bone health – the impact of fruits, vegetables and acid load – Bess Dawson-Hughes (USA)
  • Micronutrients (or trace elements) and bone health – Jennifer Walsh (UK)

Preclinical Workshop: Liquid biopsies

  • Recent advancements in the field of liquid biopsies – Catherine Alix-Panabières (France)
  • RNA species – Aija Line (Latvia)

Symposium 2: Osteoporosis – a chronic disease needs long term treatment

  • Long-term management of osteoporosis – Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer (Austria)
  • Balancing risk and benefits of long-term use of antiresorptives – Bo Abrahamsen (Denmark)

Symposium 3: Tendinopathy

  • Predisposition to tendon injury – Malcolm Collins (South Africa)
  • Tendon injury and therapy: new frontier in preclinical treatments – Neal L. Millar (UK)
  • Tendon injury: how to treat patients – Michael Kjaer (Denmark)

Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions

Clinical and Basic Science Meet-the Experts

Working Groups

NI Mentor Session

Industry Exhibition and Sponsored Satellite symposia


Tuesday 16 May 2017

Clinical Workshop: Vitamin D, back to the future

  • Vitamin D and fall risk – Terry Aspray (UK)
  • Total versus free – a new twist in the vitamin D story? – Martin Hewison (UK)

Preclinical Workshop: Autophagy

  • Control of Autophagy – Sharon Tooze (UK)
  • Autophagy in skeletal homeostasis – Charles O’Brien (USA)

Symposium 4: Nerves and bone

  • Neuronal regulation of bone remodeling – Paul Baldock (Australia)
  • Fracture risk in neurological diseases – Ken Poole (UK)

Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions

Closing Ceremony