This prestigious PhD Training Course, aimed at promoting general knowledge of bone research to young investigators, is now in its eleventh year and has been hailed as one of the most innovative and successful courses in the bone field.
The course starts with an “introductory session” where key topics relevant to skeletal research are covered, followed by a varied programme that incorporates clinical and basic topics with a mix of speakers with clinical or basic science backgrounds. An example of the topics likely to be included in the programme is provided below. One of the important aspects of the course is the opportunity for students to network and obtain feedback on their project. Student presentations include poster and short presentations of their PhD project as well as networking sessions with invited speakers. The course has been of immense value to previous participants, and the networks that form during these events help to sustain the musculoskeletal field in Europe into the future.
Aims & learning outcomes
- To promote knowledge about physiology and pathology of bone and calcium metabolism
- To promote knowledge about methods in bone research
- To promote networking between European PhD students in the bone field
At the end of the course, the PhD student should:
- Understand bone biology, the interaction and communication between bone and other tissues, transcriptional control of bone cells and bone cell signaling
- Have knowledge of rare diseases affecting bone
- Understand the interactions of the immune system and bone
- Have knowledge of the cutting edge technology
- Be able to present and discuss their PhD project
|13:30-13:45||Introduction Dr. Astrid Bakker (NL) and Prof. Dr WF Lems (NL)|
|13:45-14:30||Bone cells: the basics, Gudrun Stenbeck (UK)|
|14:30-15:15||Clinical aspects of osteoporosis, Dr. Carola Zillikens (NL)|
|15:30-16:15||Osteogenesis Imperfecta, from bench to bedsite and back, Dr. Fleur Van Dijk (UK)|
|16:15-17:00||Keynote lecture:Interaction between the skeleton and the nervous system, Dr. Cliff Rosen (USA)|
|9:00-9:45||Bone adaptation to mechanical stimuli in practice, Dr. Michaël Laurent (BE)|
|9:45-10:30||Basics of mechanobiology, Dr. Astrid Bakker (NL)|
|10:45-11:30||Available techniques to assess bone quality, Prof. Joop van den Berg (NL)|
|11:30-12:15||Workshop I: How to get your abstract selected for an oral presentation, Prof. Andrea Burden (CH)|
|13:30-15:00||Student presentations I|
|15:30 -16.15||High Resolution imaging of osteocytes, Dr. Miep Helfrich (UK)|
|16:15- 17:00||Fractures: Why is fracture risk elevated in DM type 2? Is there a link with bone marrow fat?, Dr. Cliff Rosen (USA)|
|9:00-9:45||Osteoimmunology: the relation between bone and inflammation in rheumatic diseases, Prof. Piet Geussens (NL)|
|9:45-10:30||Osteoimmunology: Can we prevent osteoporosis in rheumatic diseases?, Prof. Dr W F Lems (NL)|
|10:45-12:15||Student presentations II|
|14:00-14:45||Anabolic therapies: Ode to the osteoblast: Strategies for bone regeneration, Prof. Bram van der Eerden (NL)|
|14:45-15:30||Anabolic therapies: The Clinic, Prof. Bente Langdahl (DK)|
|15:45– 16:45||Workshop II: Public engagement, Dr. Astrid Bakker (NL) & Annegreet Veldhuis Vlug (NL)|
|19:00||Dinner in a traditional Dutch pancake house|
|9:00– 9:45||Genetic aspects of bone diseases, Prof. Andre Uitterlinden (NL)|
|9:45-10:30||Towards a cure for Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, Dr. Gonzalo Sanchez Duffhues (NL)|
|10:45-12:15||Workshop III: How to optimize your graphs, Prof. Dr. Maarten Boers (NL)|
|12:00 -12:15||Concluding remarks|
|End of training course|
Registration fees: 450€, incl. meals & accommodation (3 nights) in a basic bedroom at the Venue.
Please note that the bedrooms and bathrooms will to be shared. Sharing preferences can be indicated on the registration form.
For networking purposes we strongly encourage all PhD students to make use of the accomodation provided at the venue, where lecturers and ECTS staff will also be housed.
Places are available on a first-come basis to students satisfying the criteria below:
- PhD student
- Member of ECTS
PhD students will be required to prepare either a short oral or poster presentation. After registration, the organizers will inform students on their presentation method.