The ECTS 2018 in Valencia kicks-off sooner than you might think, because on Friday May 25th we have an exciting pre-congress program, starting at 9.30h, one day ahead of the official meeting programme, which opens on Saturday May 26th at 8.00h.
The pre-congress sessions on Friday will include the very successful Academy event focused on the most exciting developments in the musculoskeletal field. Where else than at ECTS can you hear everything about the latest advances in the leading bone research in Europe and worldwide, and at the same time network to establish new collaborations and become a part of these important developments. As you will learn in the symposium on Sunday May27th on the “reproducibility crisis”, collaboration really pays off to make your work stronger and better (and acceptable for high impact journals…). And where else than at ECTS you can learn the tips to get funded by the EU. Come and see, Mike Briggs will explain all.
Together with the ICCBH, the rare bone disease workshop is also organized on Friday in the pre-congress program to get all experts together on these rare diseases. You will not often see these dramatic diseases in clinical practice but they can be tale-telling to understand bone biology and have often led to important breakthroughs in drug development for bone disease. Again, because of the rarity of these conditions, collaboration is a key factor to bring all knowledge together at a European scale, and ECTS is very proud to host and accommodate this important workshop.
The Friday programme also will be enriched by 10 Working Groups discussing the latest news on Rheumatic Diseases and Bone, Non-mammalian models, Bone bioengineering, regeneration and implants, Cancer and bone, Imaging bone strength, Transgenic animals in musculoskeletal research, Cartilage pathophysiology, Epigenetic regulation of bone formation, Non-calcified tissues and ectopic calcifications and Rare Bone Diseases. Watch out: if your abstract will be selected as a poster in the Sunday-Tuesday programme, it can still be re-selected as an oral presentation in the Friday programme!!
Together with the East-meets-West symposium and the ECTS-Mellanby-SEIOMM training course on the identification of vertebral fractures, all these pre-congress events on Friday really make it worth your while to come a bit earlier and improve your bone knowledge and collaborative network and be prepared for the future. This early arrival will also put you in poll position to have a fresh start and dive into the rich ancillary program on Saturday starting at 800h in the morning with the highly valued update symposia on basic research and clinical progress in the bone field, as well as a symposium on technological advances in our field such as for imaging and DNA analysis. Needless to say that all this is brought to you by the leading scientists that ECTS is always capable of bringing together in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities which this year is: Valencia!