Bone Research Society

Bringing basic and clinical researchers together since 1950

BRS Training Course: Osteoporosis and Other Metabolic Bone Diseases

13-15 April 2015
St Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK

Programme Chairs:
Tash Masud (Nottingham, UK)
Jon Tobias (Bristol, UK)

Aims and objectives
Who should attend?
Registration and accommodation
Social events 
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Information for delegates



This three-day residential training course aims to provide trainees in medical specialties such as rheumatology, endocrinology, care of the elderly, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, respiratory medicine and clinical chemistry with the knowledge and understanding to manage patients with osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. The course is intended to focus on practical issues relating to patient management and is strongly recommended for any trainee who foresees that patients with these disorders will form a significant part of their workload in future. A stimulating interactive format will be employed combining lectures, panel discussions, debates and workshops. Specialist nurses in osteoporosis and falls will also find this course valuable, as well as newly qualified consultants or others wishing to update their knowledge in this field.

Some comments from those who attended the previous course:

This course is organised by the Bone Research Society with the support of unrestricted educational grants from:
Eli Lilly

Endorsed by:
British Geriatrics Society
International Osteoporosis Foundation
Orthopaedic Research UK
Paget’s Association 
Society for Endocrinology

Supported by:
British Society for Rheumatology
National Osteoporosis Society



Please click here to view the faculty and programme for the 2015 course.


The course will be of particular interest to those involved with the management of patients with osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases, including:

       Trainees in specialties such as:

       Nurses and other allied health professionals working in specialist clinics including:

The course will also be of interest to newly appointed consultants working in any of the above fields, as well as anyone who would simply like to update their knowledge.


The 2015 course is now fully booked.  Sorry if you wanted to come but missed out on a place.  Please contact us to go on a waiting list or for guidance on how to complete your booking if you had already provisionally reserved a place.

We will announce the dates for the 2016 course shortly.

Information for delegates

Registration fees:

Residential - £450


Non-residential - £350


College Dinner on 1st night for non-residential participants - £22
Reception and Course Dinner on 2nd night for non-residential participants - £40

For those travelling from further afield there is also an option to book bed and breakfast accommodation at the College on the Sunday night (12 April) at £80. Just select this option on the registration form and it will be automatically added to your booking.

Substitutions may be made until Monday 30 March 2015 by informing Janet Crompton.

Cancellations may be made until Friday 6 February 2015 less a 10% administration charge.   We regret that there will not be any refunds for cancellations made after this date.


It is recommended that all participants attend the social events whether or not they are staying on campus at St Catherine's College.  There will be opportunities to mix with other participants and speakers and this sharing of information and ideas can really enhance your learning and give you the opportunity to set up new collaborations. These events are included in the residential registration fee.

Monday 13 April, 19:00-20:00
College Dinner at St Catherine’s College
Followed by free time/drinks in the bar

Tuesday 14 April, 19:00-22:00
Reception and Course Dinner at one of Oxford’s historic Colleges
Followed by visit to some of Oxford’s most interesting pubs


The course will be based at St Catherine's College, Oxford. 

The College is within easy reach of rail, coach and bus stations. Further information can be found here.

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We recommend that you travel to Oxford by public transport although some parking is available at the College.

By air 
London’s Heathrow airport is the nearest to Oxford. There is a regular bus service (journey time approximately 90 minutes) to Oxford bus station from where you can get a taxi to the venue (or walk – approximately 10 minutes). See The Airline bus company for more details.

By train 
Trains run at least once an hour between Oxford and London, and twice an hour during peak times. Oxford is also on the main cross-country routes. For details of times and fares visit

The College is around 20 minutes’ walk from the train station.  If you prefer to take a taxi just ask for “St Catherine's College”.

By coach 
Two companies run frequent buses, 24 hours a day, between London (Victoria Bus Station) and Oxford. These are the Oxford Bus Company (telephone +44 (01865 785 400), and Oxford Tube (telephone +44 (0)1865 772 250). There are also direct and regular services to Oxford from Heathrow and Gatwick airports operated by the Oxford Bus Company (telephone +44 (0)1865 785 400). Coach services from other parts of the country are available with National Express.

The College is around 15 minutes’ walk from the bus station.  Taxis are also available.


Further information is available from:
Janet Crompton 
Course Organiser
Tel: +44 (0)1453 549929