ESPGHAN Young Investigator Forum

Application Deadline: 31.08.2016

Registration Fee

Another YIF meeting is coming up!

The ESPGHAN young investigators forum (YIF) has been an integral part of the society for the last 20 years.  The meeting was established to nurture academic development in the society and foster collaborations amongst the emerging generations of academics and clinicians. Over the years YIF has seen many individuals, their juniors and team members come through to become established academics and clinicians as well as develop friendships and collaborations across Europe.

Young Investigator's Forum (YIF). An intensive 3 day meeting run once a year that includes (i) ice-breaking sessions; (ii) delegate presentations and detailed feedback on generic (abstract, presentation etc) and project specific items; (iii) faculty presentations (abstract writing, presentation and feedback skills, manuscript preparation, preparation for an academic career) and (iv) an interactive social programme. The forum is residential and restricted to 20 delegates chosen following a competitive application and selection process. For the last 4 years the meeting has been held in the Netherlands (Bergen) in late September. Dates for 2016 are 21st-24th September 2016.

Aim of the YIF meeting and social gathering

  • To provide young investigators with a friendly and constructive atmosphere in order to present their research and learn from each other.
  • To allow the development of key skills in presenting, writing abstracts and papers as well as to gain insight into an academic career.
  • To meet and network with other delegates and senior faculty members and to set up research collaborations in Europe.
  • To enable young investigators to contribute to the scientific development of ESPGHAN.

Definition of a Young Investigator

Active clinical or laboratory based researcher working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Ideally with less than 10 years training experience.

Applications should include:

  • Letter of support from an ESPGHAN member
  • Short CV (maximum 2 pages A4)
  • Abstracts must have title, author(s) and institution(s) where the work was done and be written as per instructions below.
  • A completed application form

Please Note: Delegates may not attend for more than one forum
Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by an unrestricted educational grant

Abstract Instructi

  1. Abstracts must contain data and meet international ethical standards.
  2. Abbreviations should be defined.
  3. Trade names cannot be mentioned in the title. However, trade names in brackets will be accepted in the body of the text.
  4. The abstract cannot contain more than 3,000 characters (approx.450 words) (including blank spaces, punctuation as well as authors affiliation and titles).
  5. The abstract must be structured into the following sections:
    - Aims and Objectives
    - Methods
    - Results
    - Conclusion
  6. One table can be included, with the following restrictions:

- Max number of columns: 10

- Max number of rows: 10

Please note that tables may significantly reduce the number of available characters.


Duinweg 5     
1861 GL Bergen
The Netherlands

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Lissy de Ridder (chair)
Nikhil Thapar

Florence Lacaille
Iva Hojsak

Preliminay Programme


Wednesday 21st September

12.00 – 14.00
Transport Airport Amsterdam – Blooming Hotel Bergen 14.00 – 16.00 Faculty members Meeting

12.00–14.00 Transport Airport Amsterdam – Blooming Hotel Bergen

14.00–16.00 Faculty members Meeting

Chairs: Lissy de Ridder, Iva Hojsak, Florence Lacaille, Nikhil Thapar

16.00–16.05 Welcome by faculty

16.05–17.25 Interactive Introduction with the delegates

17.25–17.50 Faculty state of the Art lecture: Nikhil Thapar Principles of feedback
How to write an abstract?

17.50–18.00 Break

18.00–19.00 Group Work (Ice breaker)

19.00–19.30 Faculty state of the Art lecture: Iva Hojsak Presentation techniques

19.30 Break

19.45 Pre dinner drinks + Dinner at hotel



Thursday 22th September

Chair: Lissy De Ridder
Judith Zeevenhooven: Excessive crying during infancy predisposes to
behavioral problems in early childhood (comment – Sebastian/ Udo /Nikhil)

09:30–10:00 Tara Raftery: Effects of vitamin D supplementation on intestinal permeability,
cathelicidin and disease markers in Crohn’s disease: Results from
a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled study
(comment – Kseniya / Amit / Iva)

10.00–10.30 Faculty state of the Art lecture: Lissy De Ridder How to be an efficient
researcher - Developing proposals and writing grant applications

10.30–11.00 Coffee break / Photo

11.00–11.30 Protima Amon: Modulation of the microbiota in children with Crohn’s disease
by enteral diets (comment – Elise/Justo/Florence)

11.30–12.00 Lurz Eberhard: Sarcopenia in children awaiting liver transplantation.
(comment – Protima /Pierre/Nikhil)

12.00–12.30 Martine Aardoom: Cancer and mortality in paediatric onset inflammatory
bowel disease (comment – Elisabetta/Tara/Florence)

12.30–13.30 Lunch Break

Chair: Iva Hojsak

13.30–14.00 Neelis Esthe: Bone health in children with intestinal failure measured by dual
energy X-ray absorptiometry and digital X-ray radiogrammetry (comment –

14.00–14.30 Udo Ekong: Diarrhoeal deaths in under-five Nigerians: clinical characteristics
of hospitalized children (comment – Neelis/Zahra/Nikhil)

14.30–15.00 Zahra Khan: Growth pattern and body composition of preterm infants from
birth to discharge: A prospective study. (comment -Martine/Sofia /Florence)

15.00–15.30 Coffee/tea break

15.30–16.00 Martina Klemenak: Administration of probiotic Bifidobacterium breve
decreases the production of TNF-α and SCFA fermentation index in children
with celiac disease (comment – Lurz/ Anaïs /Lissy)

16.00–16.30 Amit Sha: Comparison of ileal intubation rates and diagnostic yields in
ileocolonoscopy between four tertiary paediatric gastroenterology centres in
the United Kingdom: A trainee led, multicentre, retrospective cohort study.
(comment – Arina/Elise/Nikhil)

16.30–17.00 Sofia Maria Rodrigues Bota: Hypomorphic mutation of TTC7A mimicking
tricho-hepato-enteric (SD/THE) syndrome in a patient with very-early onset
inflammatory bowel disease. (comment – Lurz/Christopher/Lissy)

17.30 Social Programme and Dinner: Blooming Olympics and BBQ on the beach


Friday 23th September

Chair: Florence Lacaille
09:00–09:30 Sebastian Rauschert: Lipidomics reveals associations of phospholipids with
obesity and insulin resistance1 (comment – Martina/Protima/Lissy)

09:30–10:00 Pierre Poinsot: Longitudinal bone mineralization assessment by dual-energy
X-ray absorptiometry in children receiving long-term parenteral nutrition for
severe intestinal failure delegate abstract title (comment Udo/Neelis/Iva)

Anais Lemoine: Effect of cyproheptadine on growth velocity in children with
Silver-Russell syndrome (comment – Kseniya/Justo/Nikhil)

10.30–11.00 Coffee break

11.00–11.30 Justo Valverde-Fernandez: Pediatric functional dyspepsia in adulthood:
What’s up? (comment – Amit/Elisabetta /Lissy)

11.30–12.00 Kseniya Yurchyk: Clinical features of gastroesophageal reflux disease in
children at different age delegate abstract title
(comment – Pierre/Sebastian/Iva)

12.00–12.30 Arina Ziganshina: Mitochondrial dysfunction in children with motility
disorders in Russia (comment - Martine/Christopher/Nikhil)

Faculty state of the Art lecture: Florence Lacaille Writing a scientific


Chair: Nikhil Thapar

Elisa Payen: Outcome of total colonic aganglionosis over a 15-year period:
retrospective analysis of a single center (comment – Arina/Zahra/Lissy)

14.30–15.00 Christopher Eke: Breast Feeding Initiation Time: Experience in a Nigerian
Tertiary Health Facility delegate abstract title (comment – Sofia/Anais/Iva)

15.00–15.30 Elisabetta Manzali: Does type 1 diabetes mellitus increase the risk of a gastric
involvement in coeliac disease? (comment – Tara/Judith/Florence)

15.30–16.15 Tea / Break (Faculty collation of scores)

16.15–16.45 Closing evaluation

17.00 Social Programme and Dinner: Cooking Workshop


Saturday 24th September

Breakfast and check out
Transfer back to Amsterdam Airport

Please find follwing the Event Report on the ESPGHAN Young Investigator Forum 2016:

We thank our EPP Partners for their support:
For more information on our Educational Partner Programme please click on the logos below.