ECTS PhD Training Course and COVID-19
The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus and the resulting nationwide security measures have required the cancellation or postponement of several events to take place between March and June 2020.
The ECTS Board of Directors has considered different options carefully, and we believe it is important to continue with our educational programme. We have therefore decided to :
- Transition the PhD Training Course into an innovative Digital Masterclass for PhD Students, Trainees and Young Investigators, 23-25 June 2020.
- Postpone the PhD Training Course in Edinburgh to August 2021, same venue.
For more information about the ECTS-GEMSTONE Masterclass, please click here. More information about the PhD Training course in Edinburgh will be communicated in due course.
PhD Training Course
Organised by: ECTS and GEMSTONE COST-Action
Location: Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date: Postponed to August 2021 – more details to be provided soon
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