PhD Training Course
Organised by: ECTS and GEMSTONE COST-Action
Location: Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date: 23-26 June 2020, with GEMSTONE Day on 25 June 2020
This prestigious PhD Training Course, aimed at promoting general knowledge of bone research to young investigators, is now in its 14th year and has been hailed as one of the most innovative and successful courses in the bone field.
New this year, the ECTS is collaborating with the COST-Action GEnomics of MusculoSkeletal traits TranslatiOnal Network (GEMSTONE) to provide a special focused day on Phenotyping.
The ECTS PhD Training Course is open to PhD Students and Early Career Investigators that are ECTS and/or GEMSTONE members.
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 phenotyping models of bone diseases
- Have knowledge of the cutting edge technology
- Be able to present and discuss their PhD project
|13:30-13:45||Introduction: Nuria Guanabens (Spain) and ECTS academy member|
|13:45-14:20||Mechanisms of bone formation|
|14:20-14:55||Mechanisms of bone resorption|
|15:10-15:45||Applications and interpretation of data of microCT|
|15:45-16:00||Examples of data from microCT|
|16:00-17:00||Break and Poster viewing|
|17:00-17:45||How to write a paper: Meet the editors. Panel discussion|
|09:00-09:45 (45')||Cartilage to bone transitions in health and disease|
|09:45-10:30 (45')||Clinical aspects of heterotopic ossifications|
|10:45-11:30 (45')||Engineering hard-soft tissue interfaces|
|11:30-12:00 (30')||Nanokicking stem cells to grow new bone|
|13:15-15:15 (2h)||Student presentations, part I|
|15:30-16:15 (45')||The interactions between the immune and bone cells|
|16:15-17:00 (45')||Adipocytes and bone|
|17:00-17:45( 45')||Endocrine regulation of human bone marrow adiposity|
|09:00-09:45||Imaging of bone cells|
|09:45-10:30||The OBCD project: Modelling human bone and joint diseases in mice|
|11:00-11:45||Zebra fish models phenotyping|
|11:45-12:30||Human Knock-outs of skeletal fragility|
|14:00-14:45||Imaging of Paget's disease models|
|16:15-18:30||Student presentations, part II = GEMSTONE Student presentations|
|09:00-10:15||How communicate your research to different audiences: Jennifer Paxton & UoE PE officer|
|10:30-12:00||CV workshop and group feedback on CVs submitted prior to the course|
The PhD Training Course fee is of 850€, including meals and accommodation (3 nights) in a basic single room at the Venue.
Approximately 50 places are available to attend this course. ECTS and GEMSTONE are pleased to cover accommodation and meals for an amount of about 400€, accordingly to the specific ECTS and GEMSTONE support programme (see below).
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.
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.
Places are available on a first-come basis to students satisfying the criteria below:
- PhD student or Early Career Investigators (within 8 years from the date you obtained you PhD)
- Member of ECTS and/or GEMSTONE
How to register
Submit your application using the online form before 30 May 2020.
ECTS and GEMSTONE will review your application and assign the Travel Support Programme to the eligible applicants.
You will be notified of the acceptance of your application and invited to complete the registration.
ECTS Support Programme
ECTS will waive 400€ of registration fee to selected ECTS members who have applied to participate in the PhD Training Course and that meet the above eligibility criteria.
GEMSTONE Support Programme
GEMSTONE members should submit an application to attend the PhD Training Course, at least 45-60 days before the training course. Candidates will be notified of the status of their application and for the successful grantees, GEMSTONE will offer reimboursement for travel, as well as a travel grant for accommodation and meals accoring to COST-Action reimbursement rules.
The applications will be assessed on research topic, quality of motivation letter and students from ITC countries would be given priority (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey).