8th International Workshop on Advances in the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Bone and other Musculoskeletal Diseases


Cancer and Bone Society 2018 Meeting

We are delighted that the 2018 MolPharm Workshop will be organised in association with the Cancer and Bone Society (CABS).

  • 8th MolPharm Workshop - Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.
  • 2018 Cancer and Bone Society Meeting - Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July. 
  • 1-day Seminar "Musculoskeletal Research in Oxford" - Wednesday 4 July.

Abstract submission deadline for CABS: 23 February 2018

Abstract submission form

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About the meeting - MolPharm

Reviewing the latest in the discovery of novel therapies for bone and other musculoskeletal diseases.

The 2018 MolPharm Workshop is the 8th in a series that started in 2003. It is intended to provide a basis for understanding the molecular mechanisms of action of drugs known to act on the skeleton, and a rational basis for developing novel therapies in the future, based on some of the remarkable recent advances in the genetics and biology of bone and the musculoskeletal system.

The Workshop is interactive and international, with speakers who are leaders of their fields in academia and industry. The workshop is held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. This delightful campus setting creates excellent opportunities for productive interactions among all participants.

For those who’ve attended before, you’ll know this means an exceptional meeting which combines cutting edge exciting science with a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and which encourages discussion and collaboration both in and out of the lecture theatre. Interaction between senior international scientists, clinicians and more junior researchers is particularly encouraged.

Learning objectives

  1. To gain a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of action of drugs already known to act on the skeleton
  2. To discuss the rational basis for developing novel therapies in the future
  3. To gain a better understanding of the development of drugs for the treatment of rare and common bone disorders

Some comments from attendees at the 2016 Workshop:

  • “It was superb … an extremely brilliant forum for exchange of knowledge and ideas”
  • “the quality is outstanding”
  • “It is without doubt the most attractive meeting in the field”
  • “It was again very well organized, presenting the state of the art in basic and clinical bone biomedicine”
  • “Probably one of the finest meetings I have attended. Perfect size and the topicality and novelty was superb”
  • “Good sized meeting with great engagement from the audience to each talk”
  • “Very informative on several cutting-edge concepts, and good exchange of ideas between experts.”
  • “A very nice platform for developing and strengthening collaborations, and additionally for students and junior researchers to meet senior international researchers in a friendly atmosphere.”
MolPharm History

If you are interested in knowing more about previous workshops please see our History page – the programmes provide an interesting pointer to some of the most significant developments in the field since 2003.

About the meeting - CABS

The primary mission of CABS is to formally run the cancer-induced bone disease (CIBD) meetings, initiated in 1991, and to promote international collaborations across the cancer and bone field in both clinical and basic research.  

Where appropriate CABS will partner with other societies that have an interest in bone and cancer. CABS believes these partnerships will enhance research and education in this rapidly developing area of biology and promote the translation of increasing scientific knowledge into clinical practice. 

Our proposed Cancer and Bone scientific programme will present the most recent cutting edge advances in cancer-induced bone disease research and will provide an important opportunity for established and young investigators to network and present their newest research.

Key topics


Topics will include: 

  • Cancer-induced bone disease
  • Novel therapies 
  • Stem cell niche and bone metastases
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Myeloma
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Mechanisms of bone pain
  • Imaging
  • Radiation therapy
  • Bone markers
  • Bone biology
  • Cell signalling
  • Clinical trials
  • Animal models

Learning objectives

On completion of the CABS programme, participants will enhance their understanding of:


  • the importance of both the physical and cellular bone microenvironment and the hematopoietic stem cell niche in supporting the growth of metastatic cancer cells
  • the role of cancer stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells in the metastatic process
  • the current state of the field of genomics and proteomics as applied to bone metastasis
  • the efficacy of new therapeutic agents and imaging techniques for bone cancers and bone metastasis
  • the consequences of tumour cells on the skeleton

For further information about CABS please see the Cancer and Bone Society website.


A preliminary outline programme for the joint meeting can be viewed here.

CABS abstract submission

Abstract deadline: 23 February 2018, 23:59 GMT

Abstract submission form

  • Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentation at the CABS meeting
  • Basic and clinical abstracts are welcome
  • Word count 350; no tables or figures
  • Travel grants are available for eligible authors - awards made according to abstract score achieved during the review process
  • CABS abstracts will be published in the Journal of Bone Oncology
  • Work which has been previously presented may be submitted for presentation at the conference provided it has not been published as a full manuscript.

Scientific Committees


Graham Russell (Oxford and Sheffield, UK)

Cyrus Cooper (Oxford and Southampton, UK)
Richard Eastell (Sheffield, UK)
James Edwards (Oxford, UK)
Hal Ebetino (Rochester, USA)
Roger Francis (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK)
Jack Martin (Melbourne, Australia)
Udo Oppermann (Oxford, UK)
John Potts (Boston, USA)
Stuart Ralston (Edinburgh, UK)


Chair: Claire Edwards (Oxford, UK)

Masahiro Abe (Tokushima, Japan)
Philippe Clézardin (Lyon, France)
Rob Coleman (Sheffield, UK)
Peter Croucher (Sydney, Australia)
Theresa Guise (Indianapolis, USA)
Peyman Hadji (Frankfurt, Germany)
Rachelle Johnson (Nashville, USA)
Patricia Juárez (Ensenada, Mexico)
Jack Martin (Melbourne, Australia)
David Roodman (Indianapolis, USA)
Julie Sterling (Nashville, USA)


Register here

This is a residential meeting, and we recommend that delegates stay on campus in order to get the most out of their attendance and to take full advantage of the networking opportunities, but of course day delegates are also welcome.  St Catherine’s is a compact campus close to the city centre. All bedrooms include private bathrooms and are a few metres walk from the lecture theatres and dining hall.

Meeting fees are charged by the day, with the rate for each extra day reducing as you opt for more. 

There is a 15% reduction on meeting fees for CABS members and students/allied health professionals.

Meeting fees (includes lunch)
  First day booked £130
  Second day booked £120
  Third day booked £110
  Fourth day booked £100
  1-day seminar on Wednesday Free
  Late registration surcharge (after Friday 30 March) £30 per meeting day
  Dinner, bed and breakfast £115 per night
  Bed and breakfast for 2nd person in a twin room) £42 per night
  Dinner (for 2nd person in a twin room or non-residents) £29

Exhibition and sponsorship

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information please contact Janet Crompton.


St Catherine’s College
Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ

Registration is in the Porters’ Lodge.
Lectures are in the Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre.

Oxford established itself as a centre of academic excellence in the thirteenth century, with the founding of its first three colleges and academic Halls. The University is the oldest in the UK, and forms the heart of a fascinating city. As well as a priceless heritage, modern Oxford offers a wide range of entertainments and shopping options, and within a short distance lie the Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon, home of William Shakespeare, and Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

All scientific sessions will be held at St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, UK. St Catherine’s College founded in 1962, is one of Oxford’s newer colleges. Designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, the College has a traditional layout in quadrangle style with gardens. Its situation and architecture make it a most successful conference venue.


For those who book accommodation, you will be staying at St Catherine’s College. Please collect your room key from the Porters’ Lodge from 14:00 on the day of arrival. All rooms have private bathrooms and include tea/coffee making facilities, soap/shampoo and towels. (NB hair dryers and irons are not included in the rooms)

Vacating rooms

For those staying at the College, please note that rooms must be vacated and keys returned to the Porters by 10:00 on the day of your departure.

Luggage storage

Luggage can be stored in the Porters’ Lodge.


Detailed travel information and maps can also be seen on the St Catherine’s College website.

By air

There are several major airports within 90 minutes of Oxford: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Luton. Regular coaches and trains connect the airports with the city.

If you have a choice, we recommend that you fly to London Heathrow or Birmingham.


Please see The Oxford Bus Company: The Airline for further details. Pick up the bus at the Central Bus Station Bay 14A for terminals 1, 2 or 3, or Terminal 5 Bay 11. From Terminal 4 you can either go to the Central Bus Station or to Terminal 5 Bay 11.

Take the bus to Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford and a taxi from there to St Catherine’s College. Alternatively, get off in High Street (by Queen's College) and St Catherine’s is a short walk (15 minutes maximum).

Fare – £23 one way, £30 return.


Please see The Oxford Bus Company: The Airline for further details. Pick up the bus at the South Terminal Upper Forecourt or North Terminal Bay 4.

Take the bus to Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford and a taxi from there to St Catherine’s College. Alternatively, get off in High Street and St Catherine’s is a short walk (15 minutes maximum).

Fare – £28 one way, £37 return.

Train transfers

Use the Heathrow Express service from Heathrow to London Paddington station. Passengers will have to transfer to another train and buy separate tickets from London Paddington to Oxford. Taxis are available at Oxford railway station.


It is recommended that you do not travel by train from Gatwick to Oxford – the bus service is easier.

Birmingham Airport

There is a direct train service from Birmingham Airport to Oxford. The journey takes just under an hour.

Car transfers

The Oxford Carriage Company offers airport transfers. Please see their website for prices and to book.

Travelling from within the UK

For information about how to get to St Catherine’s College by rail, coach, car, or on foot, and a map please visit the college website.

Car parking

It is strongly recommended that you use public transport for your journey.

Some parking is available in the College car park but cannot be guaranteed or pre-booked. If you do need to bring your car please leave a note on your dashboard with your name and mobile number, and a note that you are attending MolPharm/CABS 2018.


Telephone numbers for taxis:

ABC Taxis: +44 (0)1865 770077
Radio Taxis: +44 (0)1865 242424
Courtesy Cars: +44 (0)1865 343575


Other information

Disabled access

Disabled access is available. It would be helpful if you could let Janet Crompton know in advance if you may require any special assistance during your stay in Oxford.

Internet access

Internet access is available at the meeting. WiFi is available in most areas of the College, and leads are available from the Porters in case you need one to connect your laptop. You will need a password, which will be available from the registration desk staff.

There is also a computer room for delegates’ use (this can be found close to the College bar). You will need to pick up a password from the registration desk in order to use this. 

Meals on campus

Dining times at the College are as follows (unless shown otherwise on the programme):
Breakfast 07:45-08:30
Lunch: 12:45
Dinner: 19:00

The College bar will be open each evening.

Cancellation and insurance

In the event that the meeting is cancelled, or it if cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the organisers, the amount of the conference fee shall be refunded. The liability of the organisers will be limited to the refund and they will not be liable for any other losses incurred. In addition, the organisers shall not be held liable for any personal accidents, illness, losses or damage to private property of delegates registered for the conference. Delegates are therefore advised to take out their own comprehensive insurance.


The official language of the meeting will be English.

Disabled access

Disabled access is available. It would be helpful if you could let Janet Crompton know in advance if you may require any special assistance during your stay in Oxford.


The meeting finances are handled by the Paget’s Association, UK registered charity number 266071.


Please feel free to contact us with any queries.


The MolPharm organisers are grateful to their 2016 sponsors for their support: