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It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the International Symposium on the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes from September 26–29, 2018. The conference will take place in beautiful Ghent, Belgium, “Belgium’s best kept secret” (according to the Lonely Planet).

After the enormous success of the First International Symposium on the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes which also took place in Ghent in 2012, an international multidisciplinary consortium was established which, in association with The Ehlers-Danlos Society, worked towards an update of the EDS classification. Thanks to the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm of the Consortium members (funded by The Ehlers-Danlos Society) this resulted in the publication of a landmark issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics (The Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes: Reports from the International Consortium on the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, March 2017, Volume 175, Issue 1).

The 2018 International Symposium on the EDS will build on this momentum and bring together again clinicians and scientists working in the field of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. We aim to offer a high quality scientific program of interest to both clinical and basic scientists. As a general theme for this meeting, we chose: “Interaction and signaling: recurrent themes in the molecular mechanisms of EDS.” The focus of the meeting will be on molecular, pathogenic, clinical, and management aspects of all types of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

We strongly encourage clinicians and researchers with an interest in the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes to attend this meeting. We’re expecting between 200 and 250 delegates from all around the world to attend, including key opinion leaders in the field. The multidisciplinary nature of the conference provides an opportunity to talk to specialists from many different fields including basic scientists, geneticists, internists, orthopaedic and vascular surgeons, dentists, paediatricians, physiotherapists, genetic counsellors, nurses, and others working with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

Highlights will include:

  • An exciting program of invited speakers and lectures featuring some of the world’s leading experts in the field;
  • A workshop for physiotherapists;
  • An exhibition area;
  • Well-attended poster sessions.

We hope that you will be able to join us for an exciting meeting with constructive discussions about state-of-the-art clinical and basic science related to the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. Come and participate in an interactive meeting in beautiful Ghent!

We look forward to seeing you in in September 2018.

Registration is available by clicking here.


Host Committee

Co-Chairs of the meeting

Local organizing committee

  • Paul Coucke (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Lies Rombaut (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Inge De Wandele (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Delfien Syx (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Sabine Hellemans (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Virginie Szymczak (Ghent University Hospital, Belgium)
  • Alain Colige (University of Liège, Belgium)
  • Sofie Symoens (Ghent University, Belgium)


Scientific Committee