Neonatal Nutrition

Neonatal Nutrition Special Interest Group (SIG)

Current Chair: From May 2018: Johannes (Hans) B. van Goudoever, Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Description and aims: The Special Interest Group in Neonatal Nutrition is focussed on the impact of nutrition during the direct postnatal phase on short and long term outcomes. Parenteral and enteral feeding are considered. The combination of basic, translational and clinical studies enables the group to interact on these various levels and creates possibilities of networking through these disciplines. 

The specific objectives of this SIG are:
1) To create an international network among professionals interested and involved in neonatal nutrition.
2) To write position statements or clinical guidelines together involving the Committee on Nutrition and other professional organisations.
3) To carry out collaborative basic, translational and clinical research with other members of the group.
4) To deliver education sessions on neonatal nutrition


Previous projects: NEOMUNE

Coordinator: Professor Per Sangild 

Description: The Neonatal Nutrition WG is an international partnership among universities, hospitals and companies, all centered around the theme “Milk and Microbiota effects on Immunity, Gut and Brain Development”. The project is led by the University of Copenhagen and sponsored by the Danish Research Councils, in combination with industrial partners (total 8 mio Euros, 2013-2018). The project home page is

For the WG meeting at ESPGHAN, Amsterdam, we will mainly discuss the preliminary results of our international data base on feeding preterm infants where we compare Chinese hospital clinical routines with a number of hospitals in other parts of the world (see also enclosed abstract for ESPGHAN, accepted for oral presentation). The data base work is meant to form the basis for later follow-up observational or intervention studies (milk and microbiota effects) in preterm infants. For this part, we also invite new partners that are interested in the topic and would like to contribute and participate.