Organized by the BBC board
Chair : BBC President (E. Gielen KUL) & Vice president (S. Goemaere UG)

The 2021 BBC Clinical Update Symposium content will remain available for 6 months on the virtual platform. Don’t hesitate to visit us again!

Preliminary programme
08.30 08.35 Introduction to the update symposium
E. Gielen
08.35 08.55 Literature overview of 2020
M. Laurent
08.55 09.30 BBC awards 2020
09.30 10.00 Glucocorticoid use and its consequences
S. Goemaere
10.00 10.35 Overview of clinical trials of GIOP
C. Roux
10.35 11.00 BREAK
11.00 11.35 Overview of guidelines for GIOP over time
W. Lems
11.35 12.10 BBC Guidance for GIOP
M. Laurent (Discussion led by the chairpersons)
12.10 13.10 UCB Satellite Symposium - Building stronger bones for postmenopausal women with severe osteoporosis
  • Welcome and Introduction - B. Lapauw (Ghent University Hospital, Belgium)
  • Sclerostin discovery story - W. Van Hul (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • A new treatment option for postmenopausal women with severe osteoporosis at high risk of fracture - B. Langdahl (Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark)
  • Panel discussion and live Q/A - All
  • Conclusion and closing remarks - B. Lapauw (Ghent University Hospital, Belgium)
13.10   End of the Symposium
E. Gielen
The 2021 BBC Clinical Update Symposium has received the INAMI/RIZIV accreditation (4 Credit Points)


Registration fees


Categories Early registration
Until December 31, 2020
From January 1
To January 20, 2021
On site
Regular Registration
75,00€ 100,00€ 120,00€
Member of the BBC
(new membership applications should be sent no later than November 30, 2020 to benefit from the member’s rate)
Free 25,00 € 120,00€


The BBC has decided to organize its Annual Clinical Update Symposium entirely virtually in order to preserve the health and well-being of the participants and other stakeholders.

A dedicated platform is being designed to host all the symposium’s features:

  • Live sessions & live Q&A
  • Recorded presentations on-demand
  • An e-poster area
  • An exhibition area

This user-friendly and intuitive platform will remain available for 6 months after the event!


a) Individual Name Changes (Substitution of Registration)
An administrative fee of 20 euros will be charged for a name change. Written permission from the original participant will be required, along with full contact details of the substitution.

b) Individual Cancellation & Refund Policies
Notification of cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing by e-mail to the Clinical Symposium Organizer.
More than 6 weeks before the Clinical Symposium, 50% of the registration rate will be reimbursed.

For cancellations received less than 6 weeks before the Clinical Symposium, no refund will be given.

All reimbursement will occur after the Clinical Symposium.

c) Cancellation or Modification of the Clinical Symposium due to Force Majeure
In case of force majeure, the Clinical Symposium organizer have the right to alter or cancel the Clinical Symposium without prior notice, however a notice of the occurrence shall be given by the Organizer as soon as reasonably possible.

Force majeure shall mean any circumstance beyond the reasonable control of the Organizer which prevents or impedes the holding of the Clinical Symposium, including, but not limited to, government action, war or hostilities, riot or civil commotion, plague or other epidemic such as SARS, bird flu, etc., earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, fire or other natural physical disaster, explosion, accident or breakdown, strike, lack of the usual means of transportation or terrorism or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of the Organizer.

The Organizer shall not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or consequential damages, losses, expenditures or any other inconveniences or costs caused by such modification or cancellation of the Clinical Symposium.

Furthermore, registration fees will not be reimbursed by the Organizer.


Pictures of the 2020 edition