Celebrating 50 years

15-17 July 2019 - Sheffield, UK


Dear Colleagues,

The year 2019 marks 50 years since the first publication on the biological effects of the bisphosphonates. Since then more than 27,000 papers have appeared on PubMed! We invite you to join us in Sheffield as we celebrate this golden anniversary. The meeting will review developments over the past 50 years, discuss our current understanding and look at what the future may hold.

The discovery that bisphosphonates could inhibit bone resorption led very quickly to their clinical use in Paget’s disease and in patients with skeletal complications of cancer and later in osteoporosis. They remain the major drugs used for these conditions and their use in clinical therapeutics is likely to continue well into the future.

Sheffield is England’s 5th largest city, and with its two universities has been voted the UK’s most popular student destination. It has a vibrant and diverse social scene, and at the same time is one of the UK’s greenest cities, with one third of the city lying within the Peak District National Park. Transport links are good and there is a choice of international airports within an hour of the city.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sheffield in July 2019!

Richard Eastell / Graham Russell
Meeting Chairs

Organising Committee

Co-Chairs: Richard Eastell (Sheffield, UK) / Graham Russell (Oxford and Sheffield, UK)

Nick Bishop (Sheffield, UK)
Janet Brown (Sheffield, UK)
Philippe Clézardin (Lyon, France, and Sheffield, UK)
Rob Coleman (Sheffield, UK)
Steve Cummings (San Francisco, USA)
Hal Ebetino (Rochester, USA)
Erik Eriksen (Oslo, Norway)
Allie Gartland (Sheffield, UK)
Peyman Hadji (Frankfurt, Germany)
Ingunn Holen (Sheffield, UK)
Bente Langdahl (Aarhus, Denmark)
Shelly Lawson (Sheffield, UK)
Eugene McCloskey (Sheffield, UK)
Socrates Papapoulos (Leiden, Netherlands)
Stuart Ralston (Edinburgh, UK)
Ian Reid (Auckland, New Zealand)
Mike Rogers (Sydney, Australia)


Programme and topics

View programme

View posters

Topics include

  • Historical aspects
  • Chemistry
  • Mechanisms of action
  • Pharmacology
  • Bone imaging
  • The bisphosphonate spectrum
  • Paget’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone oncology
  • Myeloma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rare diseases
  • Dental aspects
  • Calcification
  • Pyrophosphate diseases
  • Ageing and life span
  • Epidemiology
  • Safety
  • Bisphosphonates for drug delivery
  • Legal aspects
  • Future directions



The Royal College of Physicians of London has approved the meeting for 20 CME credits (course code 126049).  If you wish to claim your credits you will need to fill in the meeting evaluation in order to receive your attendance certificate.



Presentation instructions

Please view the presentation instructions for slides and posters here.

If you are speaking please note the deadline for submission of your slides (10 July).  This includes snap poster slides.


Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed.


Travel grants and awards

Many societies and associations are involved with the bisphosphonates story and we are delighted that some of these are offering grants and awards for people planning to attend the meeting, as outlined below.  


Grants are offered on the basis of one per person.  If you are offered a grant by more than one society please accept only one grant and inform the other society or societies that you no longer need their support.




ASBMR is pleased to offer four (4) travel grants to help support the travel costs of four young investigators to the meeting.


  • Two (2) $500 USD travel grants are available for European-based young investigators
  • Two (2) $1000 USD travel grants are available for non-European-based young investigators


Eligibility Requirements:


1.    Be an ASBMR member paid through the end of 2019

2.    Be a student/trainee or within five years of completion of a Ph.D., M.D., residency training or equivalent


Application Requirements:


1.    CV/Biosketch

2.    Proposal (no more than two pages) explaining why attending the Bisphosphonates 2019 50th Anniversary meeting will support your research career


3.    (Optional) Abstract submitted to the meeting

For further details and application form please see here.

Bone Research Society

Bone Research Society members can apply to the Society for a Bursary.  Information about eligibility and how to apply can be found towards the bottom of the BRS Awards page.

Cancer and Bone Society

Young Investigator Travel Awards are available to CABS members. Preference will be given to applicants who have an abstract accepted for presentation at the meeting. To be eligible, applicants must be in a training position (eg undergraduate or graduate student, postdoctoral or clinical fellow).  Visit the CABS website for further information.



Amount available = 5 individual grants of €300 each


Eligibility criteria:


  • Member of the ECTS
  • Research students or early career scientists within 5 years of PhD or MD (to be confirmed by statement from head of department or supervisor)
  • Must submit an abstract to the event
  • Have not received another ECTS Travel Grant in the past year

Grants will be allocated on a first-come basis to the first 5 eligible complete applications – including the support statement from the supervisor.  .

Further information and details of how to apply can be found on the ECTS website.


The International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies is offering a number of travel grants to eligible members of IFMRS member societies.  


Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • be an individual member of an IFMRS affiliated society – see a list of current affiliated societies here.
  • applicants who have submitted an abstract will be given preference
  • have not previously received an IFMRS travel grant
  • qualification of PhD and/or MD, DDS, DMD or veterinary degree
  • within 15 years of gaining most advanced degree


  • Individual grants of $500 each are available as a contribution towards travel and registration fees
  • Payment made post-event on proof of attendance
  • Grants are allocated on a quarterly basis to eligible applicants

Information about how to apply can be found on the IFMRS Travel Grants page.



We are delighted to be hosting this anniversary meeting in the vibrant city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. With its two universities, it has a world-class reputation for teaching and research, and the city is one of the UK’s greenest, and also one of the most lively. Although England’s 5th largest city, it is compact and easy to get around with plenty of good accommodation at affordable prices at walking distance from the conference venue and social events. A trip to Sheffield would not be complete without a trip to the nearby Peak District National Park, Britain’s first national park, established in 1951, a must for any walkers, cyclists, cavers, climbers or simply anyone who enjoys exploring the English countryside. From wild moorlands, through limestone dales, bustling market towns and pretty villages, the Peak District is an area of amazing variety and contrast. If you have time we would highly recommend a visit at the end or beginning of your stay.

The meeting will take place at The Edge, a meeting venue on the University of Sheffield Endcliffe Village student campus.  Accommodation in different categories is available on the same campus. 

Address: The Edge, 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield S10 3ED

Map and travel directions

Registration and Accommodation

Register and book your accommodation here

Registration and accommodation fees





Registration fee

Full rate



Late registration £420, from 30 June


Registration fee



Discounted rate*

Students, trainees, allied health professionals




Late registration £320, from 30 June


Bed and breakfast**

Jonas Hall

£65 per night

Bed and breakfast**

Endcliffe Village Student Halls

£45 per night

Dinner Sunday 14 July



Accompanying persons


No fee 



Dinner Monday 15 July



Accompanying persons


No fee



Dinner Tuesday 16 July



Accompanying persons


No fee




* Discounted rate

To register at the discounted rate you must be an undergraduate, current MD/PhD student, or within 5 years of obtaining an MD/PhD, or an Allied Health Professional, or retired from salaried employment.

To confirm your eligibility for the reduced fee you must scan a letter from your Head of Department or Supervisor and send it to within 14 days of your registration, or in the case of retirees, simply send a note to the same address stating that you are no longer employed and that you are not in receipt of a salary.


** Bed and breakfast rates shown are for single accommodation.  If you are coming with an accompanying person and need twin/double accommodation please contact us at with a note of your requirements.

Italian agency


Any Italian pharmaceutical company supporting or participating in a congress abroad, is subjected to an authorization by AIFA (Italian Drug Agency), according to an Italian Government Decree (Decreto Legislativo 219/06 – art. 124).


The authorisation request must be submitted within 70 days before the start date of the event. The appointed agency to collect all applications from pharmaceutical companies and file them with the AIFA is:


Benedetta Cambria
Alijet & Fargo International Srl
Via P. Maroncelli 44-46-48-50
Tel 055/600555



Information for delegates

Please read this delegate briefing which should cover everything you need to know before setting off.



By air
There are three airports within easy reach of Sheffield (approximately 1 hour travelling time), Manchester, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands.

London Heathrow and London Gatwick are also accessible by train with just one change in London.

By rail
The journey from London takes approximately 2 hours, while Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham are around 1 hour.

Please see here for information about discounted rail travel for conference delegates travelling to Sheffield with East Midlands Trains.

Map and travel directions


Janet Crompton

Organised by the Mellanby Centre, University of Sheffield, in association with the MolPharm Workshop