Scientific Programme

The Conference will bring together scientists and clinicians from a wide range of disciplines and from across the globe 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.  Attendees will have an interest in rare and inherited bone disorders, general aspects of bone metabolism and bone mass in children, adolescents and young adults.

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ICCBH 2017 outline programme


ICCBH 2017 smartphone-friendly programme overview 


ICCBH 2017 full programme


ICCBH 2017 posters


ICCBH 2017 ePosters - moderated sessions


Symposium, Meet the Expert and other speakers 

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Justine Bacchetta (Lyons, France)
Roland Baron (Boston, USA)
Nick Bishop (Sheffield, UK)
Björn Busse (Hamburg, Germany)
Jacqui Clinch (Bath, UK)
Nicola Crabtree (Birmingham, UK)
Antonella Forlino (Pavia, Italy)
Celia Götherström (Huddinge, Sweden)
Mark Hamrick (Augusta, USA)
Nick Harvey (Southampton, UK)
Eric Hesse (Hamburg, Germany)
Wolfgang Högler (Birmingham, UK)
Heike Hoyer-Kuhn (Cologne, Germany)
Melita Irving (London, UK)
Kassim Javaid (Oxford, UK)
Uwe Kornak (Berlin, Germany)
Craig Langman (Chicago, USA)
Agnès Linglart (Paris, France)
Outi Mäkitie (Helsinki, Finland)
José Millán (La Jolla, USA)
Sogol Mostoufi-Moab (Philadelphia, USA)
Keiichi Ozono (Osaka, Japan)
Frank Rauch (Montreal, Canada)
Anya Rothenbuhler (Paris, France)
Frank Rutsch (Münster, Germany)
Oliver Semler (Cologne, Germany)
Bonny Specker (South Dakota, USA)
Wim Van Hul (Antwerp, Belgium)
Hans van Leeuwen (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Kate Ward (Southampton, UK)
Leanne Ward (Ottawa, Canada)
Bettina Willie (Montreal, Canada)


Key topics

Topics will include:

  • Bone development
  • Bone fragility and metabolism
  • Bone health in chronic and rare diseases
  • Diagnostics
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics and epigenetics
  • Imaging
  • Muscle and bone
  • Novel drug targets and medical therapies
  • Nutrition and rickets
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physical activity
  • Rare bone diseases
  • Signalling pathways
  • Treatment options – current and pipeline

Abstracts and clinical cases on these and other topics are invited. There will be plenty of time on the programme for oral communications from the submitted abstracts, and for dedicated poster viewing sessions, and we encourage you to submit your work.


New Investigator and Allied Health Professional sessions

For the first time this year we will be organising dedicated New Investigator and Allied Health Professionals sessions.  Concurrent sessions will be held 12:30-14:30 on Saturday 10 June, and a further dedicated Allied Health Professionals session will take place on the morning of Tuesday 13 June, 11:30-13:30.

For those attending the Saturday sessions a buffet lunch is provided from 12:00.  Pre-registration is required.  

The New Investigator Session is fully booked.  See programme here

See programme for Allied Health Professionals session here.


Learning Objectives

On completion of the conference programme, the participant will enhance their understanding of a contemporary approach to clinical and basic paediatric bone science as related to:

  • Inherited and acquired bone disorders
  • Effects of chronic illness on muscle and bone
  • Bone therapeutics
  • Bone diagnostics
  • Bone signalling and metabolism