3rd Herbert Fleisch Workshop

“Advancing today’s research; Fostering tomorrow’s leaders”
Registration and abstract submission NOW OPEN

Following the tradition of the IBMS Davos Herbert Fleisch workshop, but with a further focus on young scientists early in their independent careers, the IFMRS is pleased to join with KU Leuven to host the 2019 workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Novotel Bruges, Belgium and will start at noon on Sunday 17 March, finishing late afternoon on Tuesday 19 March.

There are limited places available on this unique, vibrant workshop which takes place in an intimate setting with 100-150 attendees; abstract submission is strongly encouraged. State-of-the-art presentations in bone biology and pathology: six senior investigators presenting keynote lectures and lots of opportunity to present and discuss your own science with your peers and leaders in the field.

The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Discuss science in progress with peers and a few senior scientists
  • Network with other scientists with similar interests and complementary expertise
  • Showcase unpublished data to generate discussion and constructive feedback


Bruges is a beautiful medieval town in Northwest Belgium. Picturesque cobbled lanes and canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed almshouses.

More information can be found here


The first Herbert Fleisch Workshop was held in 2014. Click HERE to download a PDF of the Meeting Report.

The second Herbert Fleisch Workshop was held in 2016. Click HERE to download a PDF of the Meeting Report


Chair and meeting organiser:
Roger Bouillon (Leuven, BE)

Roger Bouillon (Leuven, BE)
Christa Maes (Leuven, BE)
Roland Baron (Boston, USA)
Jack Martin (Melbourne, AUS)

Local organising committee:
J J Body (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
J Caers (U Liege)
G Carmeliet (KU Leuven)
P J Coucke (U Gent)
F Glorieux (Montreal, Canada)
F Luyten (KU Leuven)
J Tuckermann (Ulm Germany)
W Van Hul(U Antwerp)
D Vanderschueren (KU Leuven)
B Van der Eerden (Rotterdam, NL)

Programme Organising Committee:
Lynda Bonewald (USA)
Nicolas Bonnet (ZH)
Juliet Compston (UK)
Richard Eastell (UK)
John Eisman (AUS)
Florent Elefteriou (USA)
Erik Hesse (DE)
Yuuki Imai (JP)
Riku Kiviranta (FI)
Hank Kronenberg (US)
Toshio Matsumoto (JP)
Michelle McDonald (AUS)
Noriaki Ono (US)
Martina Rauner (DE)
Michaela Reagan (US)
Natalie Sims (AUS)
Anna Teti (IT)
Bram Van der Eerden (NL)
Wim van Hul (BE)
Matthew Warman (USA)


To view the full programme, including timings and details on workshops, please download the pdf programme here


Sundeep Khosla (Mayo Clinics, US) – Senescence of bone cells

Peter Croucher (Garvan Institution, Australia) – Cancer and bone

Sakae Tanaka (Tokyo University, Japan) – Mechanisms of regulation of osteoclast differentiation

Claes Ohlsson (Gotheborg, Sweden)– Microbiome and bone

Pamela Robey (NIH, US) – Stem cells and bone

Marjolein Van der Meulen (Cornell University, US) – Mechanosensing and bone

Graham Russell (Oxford UK) – History of bisphosphonates



Register by 3 December to ensure the best rate.


Registration fees
Members of IFMRS member societies are eligible for a reduced registration fee – please indicate when registering which member society (ies) you are a member. A current list of member societies can be found on the IFMRS website

Registration fees 10 September 2018 to 3 December 2018

Investigators submitting an abstract
Member – €150
Non-member – €200

Investigators not submitting an abstract Member – €250
Non-member – €300

Early registration fee deadline date 3 December 2018

Registration fees after 3 December 2018

Investigators submitting an abstract
Member – €200
Non-member – €250

Investigators not submitting an abstract
Member – €300
Non-member – €350

The registration fee includes: access to the full workshop, including coffee breaks and lunches on Sunday 17, Monday 18 and Thursday 19 of March, workshop materials and social activities.

Please note that accommodation is NOT included. All delegates are required to book their accommodation using the Reservation Request Form.

Investigators representing pharmaceutical research centers, who are not sponsoring the meeting through an educational grant, regardless of whether they are members or submitting an abstract: €1,250.


Book by 16 January to guarantee your booking

Room Rates
Breakfast included in room rate
Single room: €99,00/night + city tax
Double room: €119,00/night + city tax

To make your reservations please download the Reservation Request Form and return by email to: H1033-SB@accor.com
The IFMRS has reserved a room block until Wednesday 16 January 2019. We strongly encourage you to make your reservation before 16 January as rooms will be based on availability after this date.

Why you should stay at the Novotel Brugge Centrum:
• Competitive Rates –Negotiated hotel rates tend to be less expensive and restrictive than those found on the Internet, which sometimes require full payment at the time of booking.
• Convenience – All conference events are held in the hotel so you will most easily get to and from sessions. There are multiple dining options available on site and nearby, as the hotel is located in the center of Brugge.
• Maximize networking – You will be able to easily network with other attendees.

Abstract submission and travel grants

Abstract deadline: 3 December 2018
Call for Abstracts Now Open

Submit your abstract here

Please direct all questions to fleischworkshop2019@kuleuven.be

The Herbert Fleisch Workshop is designed to bring together excellent international investigators and young and mid-career scientists working in bone and cartilage research, for vigorous data discussion and networking. Students, postdocs, and early stage PIs are therefore particularly encouraged to submit an abstract. All aspects of bone biology, basic and applied, are welcomed. As guidance, the scientific content of the meeting including submitted abstracts is expected to include the following aspects of skeletal health and disease:
• Senescence of bone cells
• Mechanosensing and bone
• Skeletal stem and progenitor cells
• Microbiome and bone
• Regulation of osteoclast differentiation
• Osteo-anabolic research and osteoblast biology
• Osteocytes
• Cancer and bone
• Skeletal development and growth
• Human and mouse genetics of skeletal diseases
• Integrative physiology
• Bone marrow environment, including marrow adiposity, skeletal vascularization, and hematopoietic niches
• Fracture repair and skeletal tissue regeneration

There will be both oral and poster presentations at the meeting, with much emphasis on discussion of posters, including active participation of the invited senior scientists. Those selected for oral presentations must bring a poster about their work to ensure discussion throughout the meeting.
All are welcome as participants, with priority in programming given to young investigators.

Travel Grants are available for selected abstract submitters, based on scientific merit.

ECTS Travel Grants

JSBMR Travel Grants

Details on travel grants from the ASBMR, ORS and ANZBMS to be announced soon.