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. 

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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

Networking events

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New Investigator Workshop (concurrently with Allied Health Professionals Workshop, see below)

Saturday 22 June 2019, 10:00-12:00

How Did I Get Here?

Talks from early-mid career researchers describing their career progress to date including areas such as:

  • What challenges/problems have you faced, and how did you get past them?
  • How have your research interests changed throughout your career?
  • What were the key decisions or moments which impacted upon your career?
  • What advice would you give to new investigators?

Round table discussions

Participants will take part in 4 x 15-minute discussion sessions with a senior investigator (names to be confirmed).  The topics for discussion on each table are: Building Your Profile and Network, Disseminating Your Work, Funding Your Science (and Yourself!), Developing Your Skills. After 15 minutes, participants will move onto the next station.  Senior investigators are encouraged to let the new investigators lead the discussion,

Group discussion

To conclude the session, we will invite suggestions from attendees for future sessions, and for another new investigator initiatives within and outside of the biennial conferences.  This can include new investigator retreats, virtual conferences (egSkype/Twitter-based) and other opportunities for networking/maintaining contact between conferences. 

Allied Health Professionals Workshop  (concurrently with New Investigator Workshop, see above)

Saturday 22 June 2019, 10:00-12:00

The aim of the session is to provide a networking session to allied health professionals (nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, occupational therapists etc) and to share insights about their roles within a metabolic bone service.  The programme for the session is as follows:

Management of children with severe osteogenesis imperfecta
Jas Sahota, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, UK 

Patient experiences seen through “Stop Motion” animation
Kirandeep Basraka, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, UK 

Developing a patient information leaflet
Ian Tucker, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, UK 

Imaging in metabolic bone disease
Alistair Calder, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London UK 

From conception to the retailer: how to make your specialised equipment commercially available
Jill Massey, The Evelina London, UK 

Surgery and rehabilitation for children with X-linked hypophosphataemia
Gabriel Mindler, Medical University of Vienna  Austria 

The patient and parental perspective – XLH
Tenna Toft,  XLH-Patient Association, Denmark

Preliminary Programme

Saturday

10:00-12:00

Allied Health Professionals/New Investigators

 

12:00-13:00

Sponsored Workshop

13:30-14:30

Challenge the Expert

14:30-15:30

Sponsored Workshop

15:30-15:45

Coffee break

15:45-16:45

Symposium: Two years in review

 

Highlights in basic bone research
Clifford Rosen (Maine, USA) 

 

Highlights in clinical bone research
Nick Shaw (Birmingham, UK) 

16:50-17:00

Welcome address

17:15-18:45

Satellite symposium

19:00-19:45

Welcome reception

 

Followed by free time

Sunday

08:00-08:45

Meet the expert sessions

 

Therapeutic management of hypophosphatemic rickets
Agnès Linglart (Paris, France) 

 

Assessment of neuromuscular function and physical activity
Alex Ireland (Manchester, UK) 

 

Why do we need bone biopsies? Histomorphometry and beyond
Klaus Klaushofer (Vienna, Austria) 

09:00-10:30

Symposium: Bone Development

 

Biomechanics of fetal movements
Niamh Nowlan (London, UK) 

 

Mechanical loading and bone development - insights from epidemiological studies
Jon Tobias (Bristol, UK) 

 

Spine development
Vicente Gilsanz (Los Angeles, USA) 

10:30-11:00

Coffee break and moderated ePoster sessions

11:00-11:30

Charles Slemenda Award

11:30-12:00

Oral communications

12:00-13:00

Posters 
(odd numbers presented) 

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Symposium: Vitamin D

 

Nutritional rickets – a socioeconomic problem
Wolfgang Högler (Linz, Austria) 

 

Effect of vitamin D on body composition
Hope Weiler (Montreal, Canada) 

 

Vitamin D in pregnancy and offspring immunology
Catherine Hawrylowicz (London, UK) 

15:30-16:30

Oral communications

16:30-17:00

Coffee break and moderated ePoster sessions

17:00-18:30

Satellite symposium

 

Free evening

 

Monday

08:00-08:45

Meet the expert sessions

 

Ectopic mineralization
Frank Rutsch (Münster, Germany) 

 

Bone in neuromuscular disorders
Zulf Mughal (Manchester, UK) 

 

Skeletal involvement in chronic kidney diseases
Craig B Langman (Chicago, USA) 

09:00-10:30

Symposium: Bone Cells
(concurrently with Allied Health Professionals Session) 

 

Osteoclast disorders 
Cristina Sobacchi (Milan, Italy) 

 

Endoplasmic reticulum stress in osteoblasts
Antonella Forlino (Pavia, Italy) 

 

Clock genes and bone and mineral regulation
Masanobu Kawai (Osaka, Japan) 

10:30-11:00

Coffee break and moderated ePoster sessions

11:00-12:00

Oral communications

12:00-13:00

Posters
(even numbers presented) 

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:30

Symposium: Surgical Aspects in Rare Bone Disorders 

 

Orthopedic management of osteogenesis imperfecta in the bisphosphonate era
François Fassier (Montreal, Canada) 

 

Craniosynostoses in rare skeletal disorders
Federico Di Rocco (Lyon, France) 

 

Orthopedic needs in X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets
Rudolf Ganger (Vienna, Austria) 

15:30-16:00

Coffee break and moderated ePoster sessions

16:00-17:15

Oral Communications

17:30-19:00

Satellite Symposium

20:00-23:00

Conference Dinner 

 

Tuesday

08:00-08:45

Meet the expert sessions

 

Genetic testing for recurrent fractures – when and what?
Outi Mäkitie (Helsinki, Finland) 

 

Management of fibrous dysplasia
Alison Boyce (Bethesda, USA) 

 

Vibration treatment
Eckhard Schönau (Cologne, Germany) 

09:00-10:00

Symposium: New Medical Therapies of Bone Dysplasias

 

Diagnosis of bone dysplasia 
Valérie Cormier-Daire (Paris, France) 

 

Achondroplasia
Noriyuki Namba (Osaka, Japan) 

10:00-11:00

Oral communications

11:00-11:15

Coffee break

11:15-11:30

Presentation of Awards

11:30-12:30

Symposium: Approaches to Treating Low Bone Mass Disorders

 

TGFbeta inhibition in osteogenesis imperfecta
Ingo Grafe (Houston, USA) 

 

Antiresorptive treatment
Leanne Ward (Ottawa, Canada) 

12:30-12:35

Close and final remarks / Buses to airport