The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”, in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.  On this occasion, the #ECTS2020 programme will include a dedicated Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Programme.

ECTS recognises the role of nurse and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in leading initiatives to improve education, standards and ultimately the care for patients with metabolic bone diseases. For more than 10 years, ECTS Annual Congress includes specific activities for AHPs.  This year, we are pleased to present a tailored two-day programme.


Sunday 17 and Monday 18 May 2020
Marseille Chanot, Marseille, France

AHP Programme Chair:  Mette Juel Rothmann (Odense, Denmark)

Saturday 16 May 2020


From 08:30 – 10:00 – Clinical Update

08:30 - 09:00Evidence gaps and directions for research for prevention of falls
09:00 - 09:30Whole body vibration, balance training, strength training for fall prevention: What is the evidence?  
09:30 - 10:00An update on guidelines for fall and fracture prevention  


From 10:30 – 12:15 – AHP Seminar 1

10:30 - 10:55Bone Biology
10:55 - 11:20Pathophysiology of Metabolic Bone Diseases
11:20 - 11:45Epidemiology of Osteoporotic Fractures
11:45 - 12:10Mechanisms of Action of Treatments for Osteoporosis 
12:10 - 12:15Questions & Answers


Sunday 17 May 2020

From 08:30 – 10:30 – AHP Seminar 2

08:00 - 08:30Principles of Bone Imaging for the Diagnosis of Metabolic Bone Diseases
08:30 - 09:00Measurement of Bone Turnover Markers: In Theory and in Practice
09:00 - 09:30Using FRAX to Calculate Fracture Risk
09:30 - 10:00Identifying Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures
10:00 - 10:30Interpreting and Reporting Patient Results


From 13:30 – 14:30 – Meet the AHP

Interactive “discuss the case” session.  More details to be provided in January 2020.