Basic course in bone and cartilage biology and disease
- 23-24 November 2017

Organised jointly by the Bone Research Society and the British Orthopaedic Research Society


INOX Conference Suite
Students' Union
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TG, UK

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New to the field of bone and joint? Wanting to catch up on the latest in bone and joint diseases? Organised jointly by the Bone Research Society and the British Orthopaedic Research Society, this 2 day course is for all basic and clinical postgraduate students, postdocs and research fellows who may be starting out in this field, or who want to catch up in preparation for their postgraduate viva.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the basics of bone and joint biology (including development, anatomy, cell biology, physiology and endocrinology)
  • To understand the composition of bone and joint tissue and its response to external stimuli
  • To be familiar with the most common bone and joint diseases, their pathophysiology and their treatments
  • To acquire knowledge about rarer bone and joint conditions
  • To develop an understanding of similarities and differences between the biology of different mineralised tissues (bone, cartilage, dentine, vascular plaques)
  • To be familiar with commonly used experimental systems to investigate bone and joint biology and disease

Course Chairs

Miep Helfrich (President of the Bone Research Society, Aberdeen)
Mark Wilkinson (President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society, Sheffield)
Shelly Lawson (BRS committee members and local organiser, Sheffield)
Katherine Staines (New Investigator Rep for BRS, Edinburgh)


Colin Farquharson (Edinburgh)
Bronwen Evans (Cardiff)
Alastair Sloan (Cardiff)
Kate Ward (Southampton)
Alex Ireland (Manchester)
Debbie Mason (Cardiff)
Eugene McCloskey (Sheffield)
Duncan Bassett (London)
Richard Eastell (Sheffield)
Rob van’t Hof (Liverpool)


Thursday 23 November 2017

12:00   Registration, lunch, meet and greet

13:00   Formation of bones and joints,


13:40   Osteogenesis and bone tissue maintenance

14:20   Osteocytes

15:00   BREAK

15:30   Osteoclasts and bone resorption

16:10   Mineralisation

16:50   Tooth formation and dental pathology

             (peri-implantatis, osseointegration)

17:30   Panel discussion about stem cells for

             mineralising tissues

17:45   CLOSE OF DAY

19:00   Dinner - Speed networking "knowing me

             knowing you"

Friday 24 November 2017 - Coffee/tea on arrival

09:00   Calcium and phosphate metabolism

09:40   Mechanobiology of bone

10:20   BREAK

10:40   Cartilage and bone mechanobiology in the 

             evolution of osteoarthritis

11:20   Common bone diseases and their treatments

12:00   LUNCH

13:00   Rare bone and cartilage diseases and their


13:40   Joint diseases and their treatments

14:20   Bone cancers

15:00   BREAK

15:20   Modelling and studying human bone and

            joint disease in mouse models

16:00   Final Q&A for whole course over coffee/tea

16:15   END

Registration Details

The registration fee is £125 (including all refreshments and meals).
Please register here. Places are limited and awarded on a first-come-basis. Early booking is therefore recommended to avoid disappointment.  The closing date for registration is 20th October 2017.

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