ESPGHAN Monothematic Conference Hepatology: Infections of the Liver at Paediatric Age

Knowledge in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of infections of the liver has increased in the past decades. It is vital for the physicians to stay up-to-date with the latest research and treatment paradigms.

The Hepatology Committee of ESPGHAN has decided to organize a three-day Monothematic Conference in order to share state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise specifically on infections of the liver at paediatric age.

The complete spectrum of infections of the liver (acute and chronic, bacterial, viral and fungal) in both immune-competent and immune-suppressed children will be highlighted during this meeting. 

At the beginning of a new era with the recent approval of novel direct-acting antiviral drugs for children with chronic hepatitis C, one session of the conference will be dedicated to evaluate the characteristics of the new drugs and discuss indications for treatment. Another session, will concentrate on the urgent need to face the challenges of treatment of hepatitis B virus infection in children.

Finally, comprehensive lectures will be provided to discuss the most recent developments concerning viral,bacterial and fungal infections of the liver disease patients and on patients after liver transplantation.We expect to attract gastroenterologists and hepatologists for pediatric and for adult patients, pediatric and hepatobiliary surgeons, infectiologists and virologists from Europe and around the world and to encourage collaboration between scientists and clinicians.


Conference Organisers

Giuseppe Indolfi (Local Organiser)

Henkjan Verkade (Chair ESPGHAN Hepatology Committee)

Yael Mozer-Glassberg

Wendy van der Woerd


General rules for abstract submission: to be confirmed


Preliminary Programme


Thursday, January 31 - Day 01

Session Viral Infections


14.00 – 14.30 Acute liver failure and viral infections

14.30 – 15.00 Neonatal hepatitis: viral or not?

15.00 - 15.30 Epidemiology of Hep A

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30 Hepatitis E

16.30 – 17.00 EBV and other viral infections of the immunecompromised host

17.00 – 17.30 Key note lecture: Immunity and Autoimmunity in Viral Hepatitis


Friday, February 01 - Day 02

Session Hepatitis B


09.00 - 09.30 Natural history of HBV infection in children

09.30 – 09.45 Abstract

09.45 - 10.15 Interferon for HBV

10.15 - 10.45 Nucleos(t)ide analogues

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45 New drugs around the corner and challenges for treatment

11.45 – 12.00 Abstract

12.00 – 12.30 Key note lecture: Scaling up anti-hepatitis drugs for children: from drug discovery to global uptake

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch


Session Hepatitis C

14.00 - 14.30 The histopathological evolution of chronic hepatitis C

14.30 - 14.45 Abstract

14.45 – 15.15 Should we treat all children with chronic hepatitis C

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee Break

16.15 – 16.30 Abstract

16.30 – 17.00 HIV-HCV coinfection

17.00 – 17.30 Hepatitis C in low and middle-income countries


Saturday, February 02 -  Day 03

Session Non-Viral Infections


09.00 – 09.15  Abstract

09.15 – 09.45  Pathogenesis of bacterial infections in liver cirrhosis

09.45 - 10.15   Bacterial infections in children with advanced liver disease (spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, cholangitis)

10.15 – 10.45  Liver abscesses

10.45 – 11.15  Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45  Fungal infections and antifugal Prophylaxis

11.45 – 12.15  Vaccination in immunocompromised children