Tenth International Conference on Children’s Bone Health to take place in Dublin next month

Over 300 international experts are anticipated to attend the event, which takes place in University College Dublin

The 10th International Conference on Children’s Bone Health is set to kick off early next month, beginning on July 2 and wrapping up on July 5.

The event has not been held in-person for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The last in-person conference was held in Salzburg in 2019. On that occasion, over 600 people from around the world took part.

Local convener for the event Dr Ciara McDonnell, a consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes across Children’s Health Ireland, said that organisers were delighted the event is now taking place in person again.

“This year’s conference is three years in the making – and we’re really excited for it to finally take place,” she said, speaking to IMT.

The International Conference on Children’s Bone Health was started in 1999 by an international group of independent clinicians and researchers interested in bone metabolism and bone mass in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Before things start on July 2, UCD will also host a school that will teach visitors about bone disease, from next Wednesday to Friday.

It is anticipated that 350-400 international delegates will be attending this year’s conference. Dr McDonnell, who set up the Centre for Rare Paediatric Bone Disease in 2019, a part of the European Reference Network, added that events like the international Conference on Children’s Bone Health are beneficial for children’s bone health.

“It’s a growing field, but it’s a field of rare diseases” she said. “It’s great getting so many people with such expertise together in one location. Sharing knowledge and expertise is important for further growing this area of healthcare.”

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