Bone Curriculum Symposium (KBVR-SRBR) is happy to announce the 2024 Bone Curriculum Symposium, taking place in Gent on 22 – 23 February 2024.

This year’s congress will take place at the Aula.


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the 2024 Bone Curriculum Symposium and the Pre-Symposium on Rare Bone, Calcium and Phosphate Disorders organised by the KBVR / SRBR Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Group at the Aula in Ghent on 22 & 23 February 2024.

The Bone Curriculum Symposium is a continuous structured educational lecture cycle on bone. It includes bone biology, physiology, pathophysiology, calcium and phosphate metabolism, covers bone, calcium and phosphate disorders, osteoporosis, diagnosis, management and treatment.

A Bone Curriculum lecture cycle is covered by three consecutive yearly symposia. Participants of three symposia are accredited the Bone Curriculum Course Certificate.

The intention of the Bone Curriculum is to provide high quality continuous education for clinicians interested in, seeing or treating patients with osteoporosis or bone diseases and is a structured educational program for rheumatology and other bone-interested medical trainees. In this context, the lectures mainly cover up to date basic knowledge, overviews and reviews. Interactive participation is encouraged.

The Pre-symposium on Rare bone, calcium and phosphate disorders provides general information on rare bone, calcium and phosphate diseases to interested second-line clinicians and also intends to be an educational and exchange platform for dedicated bone specialists.

There is a clear need to spread information about rare diseases throughout the medical community. Although, the single conditions are rare, putting them all together, rare diseases affect 6 to 8 percent of the population.

We look forward to meeting you at the 2024 symposium and remain,

With our very best regards,
On behalf of the KBVR / SRBR Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Group

Dr. Hans-Georg Zmierczak MD PhD
Chair and Scientific Organiser of the Symposium


Voldersstraat 9
9000 Gent

How to get there

By train

Ghent is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities and is only half an hour from Brussels South. Here the Eurostar and Thalys high-speed trains can rush you from Paris or London in 1,5 hours and from Amsterdam or Cologne in 2,5 hours.

For more information on the train timetables: for trains within Belgium or for international connections.

At the train station, take tram T1 ate the train station (direction ‘Stelplaats’) or T3* (direction ‘Moscow’) and get off at stop ‘Koophandelsplein (Zonnestraat)’. From there it is a 5 minutes’ walk to the Aula.

*the stop is located 600 meters from the station in the street ‘Meerstraat’. (see maps)


By car

Ghent is located on the intersection of two major European motorways: the E17 connects Northern Europe to the South, and the E40 runs from the North Sea right across to Eastern Europe.

From the E17 you take the ‘Gent Centrum’ exit. On the E40, from the motorway intersection in Zwijnaarde, you first follow ‘Antwerpen’ (E17) and then take the ‘Gent Centrum’ exit.

Parking: nearest public parking: Center Parking Korte Meer


Thursday 22 February
Friday 23 February



Pre-Symposium Course on Rare Bone, Calcium and Phosphate Disorders




Genetic testing for recurrent fractures – When and what?
Meena Balasubramanian (University of Sheffield, UK)


Coffee Break in the Exhibition Area


Gene enhancers as non-conventional genetic factors in bone disease: Clinical impact
Przemko Tylzanowski (KU Leuven, B)


Collagenopathies as examples of genetic forms of degenerative joint disease


Update in Therapeutics with the support of Kyowa Kirin
XLH cases, treatments and outcomes
Nick Bishop (University of Sheffield, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, UK)


Lunch Break in the Exhibition Area


Update in Therapeutics 
PTH substitution therapies

Bruno Lapauw (Ghent University Hospital, B)


Update on pharmacological therapies in osteogenesis imperfecta


Ethics and Economy

Rare diseases – The perspective of the first line
Greet Van Kersschaever (Domus Medica, B)


End of Pre-Symposium Course

Bone Curriculum Symposium




Muscle – bone interactions, mechanosensing
Tim Arnett (University College London, UK)


Bone cell communication with other cell systems
Christa Maes (KU Leuven, B)


Coffee Break in the Exhibition Area


The skeleton through the course of the evolution
Przemko Tylzanowski (KU Leuven, B)


Update in Therapeutics with the support of Amgen
Long-term treatment of osteoporosis with denosumab
Luc De Clercq (GZA Antwerpen, B)


Case Reports

When diving into a pool becomes a diagnostic tool
How adaptation of imaging protocols is important for the detection of ectopic parathyroid


Welcome Reception in the Exhibition Area





Bone Curriculum Symposium


Imaging: 18F-NaF PET/CT – A new promising tool in bone imaging?
Anne Leerling (LUMC, Leiden, NL)


Frequent and less frequent incident benign bone lesions on imaging
Filip Vanhoenacker (AZ Sint-Maarten Mechelen, University Hospital
Antwerp, Ghent University, B)


Macrophages and osteoclats beyond bone resorption
Hanna Taipaleenmäki (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, D)


Coffee Break in the Exhibition Area


CNO (CMRO / SAPHO) – A recent consensus
Anne Leerling (LUMC, Leiden, NL)


Bone anabolic treatments in the pipeline
Eric Hesse (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, D)



Lunch Break in the Exhibition Area


Osteomyelitis (Osteonecrosis) of the jaw – Facts and hysteria
Hans-Georg Zmierczak (Ghent University Hospital, B)


Ethics and Economy

Cost-benefit considerations for calcium supplement – Should they still be advised in osteoporosis prevention or treatment?
Charlotte Verroken (Ghent University Hospital, B)


Closing remarks and end of the Bone Curriculum Symposium

Hotel Accommodation

A number of hotel rooms have been booked at special group rates.

These rates only apply for reservations made through Medicongress.

You can reserve your hotel room through the online registration form.

Any requests for hotel accommodation must be accompanied by a valid credit card number, in order to secure the room. Participants will have to pay their room and personal expenses at the reception of the hotel.

In case of late cancellation or no show, the room will be charged on the credit card.

HotelRegistration FeesCancellation Policy
Ibis Gent Centrum St-Baafs Kathedraal****
Single room: € 132,00/night

Double room: €148,00/night

WiFi & Breakfast are included.

City Tax: € 3,00/person/night

Parking is available upon reservation.
Free cancellation until 2 days prior to arrival.

Late cancellation or no show: 100% will be charged.


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CategoryRegistration Fees
Pre-Symposium Course
Pre-Symposium course on Rare Bone Diseases only€ 80,00
Trainee in all medical specialties€ 0,00
Symposium (includes Pre-Symposium Course on Rare Bone Diseases)
Members KBVR-SRBR€ 200,00
Non-Members€ 250,00
Trainee (all medical specialities)*€ 0,00
Dinner on Thursday**€ 80,00

*Trainees of all medical specialities can attend the Pre-Symposium on Rare Bone Diseases and/or the Bone Curriculum Symposium free of charge, but have to upload the proof of their status provided by their institute during the online registration process.
** The Dinner on Thursday evening is only available for participants attending the Symposium.

The registration fees include:

  • All lectures
  • The course on Rare Bone Diseases
  • Coffee breaks and lunches as indicated in the programme
  • Welcome reception on Thursday


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Participants cancelling their registration before 1 February 2024 will receive a 50% refund.


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