The second Metabolic Bone Disorders Course was organized by the Arab Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes (ASPED) and the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) in collaboration with the UAE University. The first day of the course had scientific and educational sessions on the metabolic bone disorders of Rickets, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) and Hypophosphatasia (HPP) and included presentations of the subjects and cases by regional and international experts, who had been selected by the Scientific Committee. The second day had various sessions on disorders of calcium metabolism detailing various causes and case scenarios on hypocalcemia and hypercalcemia. A session was allocated for multidisciplinary health care professionals involved in metabolic disease which included talks by a Paediatric Rheumatologist, Orthopaedic surgeon and clinical biochemist. The final session on day 2 centred around skeletal dysplasia and various forms of miscellaneous bone disease. A summary of systemic manifestation of bone disease and role of paediatric endocrinologist in metabolic disease was highlighted. The speakers shared their expertise and regional experiences in the management of these disorders. Each topic was followed by a discussion session where the health care practitioners highlighted the challenges, regional and otherwise, in the management of these disorders. Ways to appropriately manage these disorders more efficiently was discussed with global standards.
Asma Deeb, Abdelhadi Habeb, Fatima Al Jasmi, Zulf Mughal and Nick Shaw