Awards & Prizes

The European Calcified Tissue Society provides grants and awards to fund research and to assist new investigators with expenses related to their projects. Since 2003, ECTS grant expenditure has exceeded €2,000,000 thus supporting our mission to provide funding for research into bone disorders and related topics. For further information on individual awards visit the ECTS website.

The following awards will be made during the 2016 Congress.

ECTS Excellence in Research Lecture

This award is given to one of the invited speakers at the congress in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions to research in the field of bone and calcified tissues.

ECTS Mike Horton Basic/Translational Award

Professor Mike Horton (1948-2010) was a hematologist-turned-scientist who made significant contributions in the bone field and beyond. He performed pioneering work in osteoclast biology which resulted, among other things, in the recognition of the alpha v beta 3 integrin as a therapeutic target for inhibiting bone resorption. His warm personality and wide-ranging interests inspired many young researchers.

This award, by nomination only, is open to individuals who have made a significant basic or translational contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue.

ECTS Philippe Bordier Clinical Award

Dr Philippe Bordier (1927-1977) contributed significantly to the bone field by developing bone histomorphometry, which he applied to the analysis of several bone diseases. His work and dynamism in science has been recognised in Europe and the United States.

This award, by nomination only, is open to individuals who have made a significant clinical contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue.

ECTS Iain T Boyle Award

In memory of Professor Iain T Boyle (1935-2001) who contributed greatly to the field of mineral metabolism and his work on osteoporosis was known and acclaimed nationally and internationally. The award is open to young scientists who have made significant progress and contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue.

ECTS/Amgen Bone Biology Fellowship

This 3-year fellowship programme is open to any ECTS member, clinician or scientist working in the field of bone biology.

ECTS Steven Boonen Clinical Research Award

Supported by Amgen

In memory of Professor Steven Boonen, who sadly passed away during the ECTS 50th Anniversary Congress in Lisbon on 20 May 2013. ECTS has introduced an annual Steven Boonen Clinical Research Award, supported by Amgen.

The recipient of this award will give a lecture at the annual meeting and a grant of €10,000 paid into the recipient’s institution or university account to contribute to specific research expenses.

Steven was an internationally recognised expert in the field of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, who was actively involved in bone disease research, education and patient care. His translational and clinical research activities focused on determinants of age-related skeletal fragility and on strategies to reduce fracture risk. Specific areas of expertise included musculoskeletal frailty, osteoporosis in old age and innovative trial design. He was an active and regular contributor to the ECTS congress for many years, and was also a member of the ECTS Board of Directors.

ECTS East-Meets-West Research Award

As part of the East-Meets-West Programme within the ECTS 2016 Annual Congress, the ECTS has developed a specific East-Meets-West Research Award.

The ECTS is pleased to invite researchers from China, Japan and Korea to submit their top research abstracts for presentation at the ECTS congress in Rome.

For each of the three countries the highest scoring abstract author will receive an award to contribute towards travel and 3 nights stay at the conference hotel (up to 1900 €) plus free registration for the ECTS Congress (equivalent to 540 € for member early bird registration).

The second to fifth place of each country will each receive an award covering a travel scholarship of 650 € plus free registration for the ECTS Congress (equivalent to 540 € for member early bird registration). All award winners will be publicly announced in an award ceremony during the ECTS 2016 Annual Congress. All East-meets-West posters will get East-meets-West banners on the poster and all East-meets-West winner posters will feature their position in the top five ranking. All East-meets-West oral presentations will be specifically announced by the session chair and if positioned in the top five their rank will be mentioned.

Please click here to view criteria for abstract submission for this award.

Please click here to view criteria for Abstract submission guidelines.