ESPGHAN School of Paediatric Liver Transplantation (2nd Transplant School Meeting)

Application Deadline: 01.08.2017

Registration Fee

Registration Fee (500.00€)


Lorenzo D’Antiga, Henkjan Verkade, Nedim Hadzic
Around 500 pediatric liver transplants are carried out in Europe each year. No standardized training or exchange of clinical standards exists. In 2015 the ESPGHAN launched a School of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (PLT) consisting in a residential course, not intended to replace the clinical training but aiming at supplementing it, focusing at the most important topics in the field and supporting the exchange of clinical experience.

PGHAN trainees/MDs having interest in PGHAN. Senior allied health professionals willing to commit to all modules of school.

This School is organized by the ESPGHAN Paediatric Hepatology Committee and is designed to provide cutting-edge information on this critical aspect of modern hepatology. The Faculty members will provide interactive sessions on the selection process, operations, complications and the long-term care of these patients, and feedback on the delegates’ cases. The School will represent an initial step in the formal educational module for young hepatologists towards ESPGHAN Diploma in Paediatric Liver Transplantation (EDiPaeLT). This meeting should attract younger gastroenterologists and hepatologists who have an ambition to develop transplantation programs locally, but also more senior established clinicians who would like to get a state-of-the-art update in an informal setting.

Bergamo (Italy). A beautiful city in the northern part of Italy. The nearest international airports are Bergamo Orio al Serio (10 min), Milan Linate (60 min), Milan Malpensa (120 min).

Applications are invited for approximately 40 delegate places. Candidates should include their CV (up to 2 A4 pages) and a recommendation letter from an ESPGHAN member.

The registration fee will cover accommodation and tuition costs, meals and social program. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in the school with their clinical or research presentations. The submission of one case for discussion is strongly recommended.


With the support of


Lorenzo D’Antiga, MD, FEBS, (Hospital PG XXIII, Bergamo, Italy). School Director

Henkjan Verkade, MD, PhD, (University of Groningen, The Netherlands). School Co-director

Nedim Hadzic, MD, PhD (King’s College Hospital, London, UK). School Co-director

Board members

Françoise Smets, MD, PhD (Université Catholique de Louvain, Bruxelles, Belgium)

Valerie McLin, MD, PhD (CHU Genève, Geneva, Switzerland)

Dominique Debray, MD, PhD (Hôpital Necker des enfants malades, Paris, France)

Emanuele Nicastro, MD, PhD (Hospital PG XXIII, Bergamo, Italy

Sandy Feng, MD, PhD (University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, USA)

Ekkehard Sturm, MD, PhD (University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany)

Florence Lacaille, MD, PhD (Hopital Necker-Enfants Maladies, Paris, France)

Jake Demetris, MD, PhD (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, USA)

Bjorn Fischler, MD, PhD (Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden)

Tudor Pop, MD, PhD (University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Michele Colledan, MD, PhD (Azienda Ospedaliera Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy)

Stéphanie Franchi Abella, MD, PhD (HHôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France)

Aurelio Sonzogni, MD, PhD (Azienda Ospedaliera Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy)

Roberto Agazzi MD, PhD (Azienda Ospedaliera Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy)

George Mazariegos MD, PhD (Children's Hospital Pittsburgh, USA)

The School Programme
September  27-30, 2017. Bergamo, Italy

Wednesday 27th September

11:00 - 14:00    Registration and Faculty/Invited members’ accreditation
15:00                Welcome: Lorenzo D’Antiga, Henkjan Verkade, Dino Hadzic. Division into 3


15:15                Pre-transplant management of end-stage liver disease. Deirdre Kelly
16:00                Care of the malnourished patient on the list. Florence Lacaille

16:45                Coffee break and networking
17:15                Prognostic determinants of acute liver failure. Dominique Debray
17:45                Interactive clinical cases
19:00                Stay up tonight. Task for tomorrow. Tudor Pop, Emanuele Nicastro

20:00                Dinner

Thursday 28th September

08:30                Liver Tx as Surgical gene therapy for metabolic conditions. George Mazariegos
09:15                When is a special surgical technique required? Michele Colledan
10:00                Early graft dysfunction. Lorenzo D'Antiga
10:45                Coffee break
11:15                Histological patterns of early graft injury. Jake Demetris
12:00                Surgical complications in paediatric liver transplantation. Sandy Feng
12:45                Buffet Lunch
14:15                Antibody mediated rejection. The clinical side. Valerie McLin
15:00               Antibody mediated rejection under the microscope. Jake Demetris and Aurelio Sonzogni
15:45              Coffee break
16:15              The ideal immunosuppressants. George Mazariegos
17:00              Achille’s heel: biliary strictures. Michele Colledan
17:30              Interactive Clinical cases and task of the previous day
18:30              Stay up tonight. Task for tomorrow. Tudor Pop, Emanuele Nicastro

20.00              Dinner

Friday 29th September
08:30            Needles rather than knives. Stephanie Franchi Abella, Roberto Agazzi (case presentation)
09:15            Liver tumours. Classic indications and controversies. Lorenzo D’Antiga
10:00            Disease recurrence after liver transplantation. Dino Hadzic
10:45            Coffee break
11:15            Infections and infection-related complications. Ekkehard Sturm
11:45            Interactive Clinical cases and task of the previous day
12:45            Buffet Lunch

15:00           Networking Event

20:00           Dinner

Saturday 30th September
08:30            Any news about cells, transgenes and RNA-inhibition? Francoise Smets
09:15            Late graft dysfunction. Henkjan Verkade
10:00            Guess who? Operational tolerance. Sandy Feng
10:45            Coffee break
11:15            Developmental outcome and quality of life. Valerie McLin
12:00            Shared care for paediatric liver transplant recipients. Bjorn Fishler
12:45            Buffet Lunch
15:00            Farewell and conclusion with prize to winner group.