Bone Research Society

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BRS Clinical Training Course: Osteoporosis and Other Metabolic Bone Diseases

This is the page for the 2018 training course.

Visit the page for the 2019 training course here.

26-28 March 2018

Merton College, Oxford, UK

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

Approved for 15 CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians  

Aims and objectives 
Who should attend?
Registration and accommodation
Networking events 


Attending the course?  Please use the following link to access the delegate information sheet:

Information for delegates



This three-day residential training course aims to provide clinicians working 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 focus is on practical issues relating to patient management and is strongly recommended for anyone who treats patients with these disorders. A stimulating interactive format will be employed combining lectures, panel discussions, debates and workshops. The course is suitable for clinicians of different levels of expertise, including doctors in specialist training, consultants, GPs and specialist nurses.

Some comments from those who attended the previous course:

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

Supported by:
British Society for Rheumatology
National Osteoporosis Society 



Please click the following link to view the list of speakers and the training course programme:

Full programme



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 Royal College of Physicians has approved the course for 15 CPD credits for full attendance (code 115034).



Both residential and non-residential options are offered.  We recommend participants to take the residential option to take advantage of all the networking opportunities the course offers.  Previous attendees have found it very useful to share experiences with each other in the evenings and over breakfast (also see below regarding the evening dinners).

Registration fees:

Residential - £495


  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in single student rooms with private bathrooms at Merton College
  • Dinner at Merton College on 1st night
  • Reception and Course Dinner on 2nd night
  • Lunch and tea/coffee breaks on all 3 days of course
  • Attendance at all sessions and workshops
  • All course materials, including downloadable speaker slide sets

Non-residential - £350


  • Lunch and tea/coffee breaks on all 3 days of course
  • Attendance at all sessions and workshops
  • All course materials

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 (25 March) at £80. Just select this option on the registration form and it will be automatically added to your booking.

Substitutions may be made until Friday 9 February 2018 by informing Janet Crompton.

Cancellations may be made until Friday 9 February 2018 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 networking events whether or not they are staying on campus at Merton 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 26 March, 19:00-20:00
College Dinner at Merton College
Followed by free time and networking

Tuesday 27 March, 19:00-22:00
Reception and Course Dinner
St Peter's College
Followed by visit to some of Oxford’s most interesting pubs



The course will be based at Merton College, Oxford, with its beautiful and tranquil buildings and gardens, just a stone's throw from the busy High Street.

Explore Merton College here

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

Dreaming Spires


Please note that no parking is available at Merton College.  We recommend public transport or Park and Ride.

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 “Merton 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.

High Street is the nearest stop, or alternatively the College is around 10 minutes’ walk from the bus station.  Taxis are also available.


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