Dear Colleagues

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 6th International Conference on Children's Bone Health, to be held 22-25 June 2013 in the vibrant city of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The aim of this Conference is to bring together scientists and clinicians from a wide range of disciplines to gain a better understanding of the growing skeleton in health and disease. The scope ranges from basic molecular mechanisms to clinical aspects, from bone physiopathology to treatment and we invite anyone with an interest in bone metabolism and bone mass in children, adolescents and young adults to attend.

The Conference Programme is designed to present researchers, physicians, and allied health professionals with an overview of state-of-the-art research, with plenary lectures by some of the world's leading experts in the field, as well as workshops, Round Table discussions on topics linked to paediatric bone health, and oral and poster sessions.

The Conference will offer investigators from around the world an opportunity to meet with each other and with industry representatives. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and we actively encourage you to submit your abstracts for oral and poster presentation. Our priority is to maximise the time available for presentation of submitted abstracts.

As the biggest seaport in Europe Rotterdam is one of the most important trading centres in the world. The city centre was largely destroyed during the Second World War and since then it has become a showcase for modern architecture with new and exciting buildings constantly under development – this is a confident city! There are numerous education institutes, including the Erasmus University and the Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, the biggest medical centre in the Netherlands. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is less than half an hour away by train, and on arrival the conference venue, De Doelen Congress Centre, and many hotels are all within 10-15 minutes’ walk of the rail station.

ICCBH is the premier venue to hear about state of the art clinical and basic science applicable to children's bone health. Come and participate in a lively interactive meeting with the leaders in the field!

We look forward to seeing you in Rotterdam in June 2013!

Maria Luisa Bianchi
Chair: International Programme Committee

Sabine de Muinck Keizer/Coen Netelenbos
Co-Chairs: Local Organising Committee