Paediatric European Digestive Diseases Clinical Research Network - PEDDCReN

The Paediatric European Digestive Diseases Clinical Research Network is an exciting new initiative and was first established in April 2013 with the key aim of forming a clinical trials network to study (and ultimately provide) effective medicines for paediatric patients in the speciality of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. This has been established with the support of LINKS funding from the UEG (United European Gastroenterology) and is led by the BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology) in collaboration with the ISGE (Irish Society of Gastroenterology), NVK (Nederlandse Vereniging Kindergeneeskunde (Dutch Paediatric Society)), ESPGHAN (European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) and ENPR-EMA (The European Network of Paediatric Research at the European Medicines Agency).

The objectives of the project are aimed at supporting both industry and non-industry investigators to run high quality multi-centre clinical trials in the speciality of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. It is hoped by early and positive engagement with industry the network would be able to play a role in influencing the development of study plans, protocols, including PIPs. With investigators from across Europe it will facilitate identifying suitable sites for studies through knowledge of interest, expertise and resources.

The first phase of this project is to establish interest, expertise and resources in running clinical trials in this area across Europe using a short on line survey; this is now being done in the UK and will be extended throughout Europe by March 2014.

How to get involved

Together with the support of ESPGHAN, PEDDCReN will be holding a symposium at the ESPGHAN 47th Annual Meeting in June 2014; information will be made available through the ESPGHAN meeting website and PEDDCReN twitter page.

If you and your department are interested in being involved in PEDDCReN then please email the Project Manager at or contact us via our Twitter page @PEDDCReN.