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

Application Deadline: 30.11.2018



Registration Fee

ESPGHAN Member (Early Bird) (250.00€)


Non ESPGHAN Member (Early Bird) (350.00€)


Trainee (Early Bird) (150.00€)


ESPGHAN Member (Late Fee) (350.00€)


Non ESPGHAN Member (Late Fee) (450.00€)


Trainee (Late Fee) (250.00€)


Daily Rate (200.00€)


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.


Registration Deadlines:

Early Bird: November 15

Late Registration: November 30


Registration Fee includes:

- 2 nights in a pre-arranged hotel in single occupancy

- pre-arranged dinners

- catering throughout the course

- course material


Travel Expenses will not be covered.


Conference Organisers

Giuseppe Indolfi (Local Organiser)

Henkjan Verkade (Chair ESPGHAN Hepatology Committee)

Yael Mozer-Glassberg

Wendy van der Woerd


General rules for abstract submission: 

Deadline for submission: 1 December 2018

Awards for 4 Young ESPGHAN Members submitting abstracts  for oral presentations: EUR 250,-


Language : English

Abstract word count : maximum 400

Title length: inclusive in total word count

Tables : maximum 2

Figure maximum 1

Details of authors: presenters name to be included and underlined

Number of co-authors : no restriction

Who can present : no restriction , but any of the co-authors can present but should be registered for the conference can present . Should have a medical / allied health professional background

What can be submitted: completed work with analysis of data and conclusion would be preferable

Trial design abstract may be considered at the discretion of the abstract selection committee

Presenting author of the abstract should be registered for the meeting and full payment should be done prior to the meeting

Preliminary Programme


Thursday, January 31 - Day 01


12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.40 - 13.50 Registration

13.50 - 14.00 Welcome & Introduction


Session Viral Infections

Chair: Henkjan J Verkade and Yael Mozer Glassberg

14.00 – 14.30 Neonatal cholestasis and viral infections (B. Fischler)

14.30 – 15.00 Viruses, acute liver failure and aplastic anaemia (A. Dahwan)

15.00 - 15.30 Epidemiology and clinical features of Hepatitis A (D. Shouval)

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30 Epidemiology and clinical features of Hepatitis E (H.R. Dalton)

16.30 – 17.00 EBV and other viral infections of the immunecompromised host (L. D'Antiga)

17.00 – 17.30 Viruses and autoimmunity (D. Vergani)


Friday, February 01 - Day 02

Session Hepatitis B

Chair: Giorgina Mieli-Vergani

09.00 - 09.30 Histopathology of Chronic Viral Hepatitis in Children (M. Guido)

09.30 – 09.45 Abstract

09.45 - 10.15 Pathogenesis and natural history of HBV infection in children (E. Sokal)

10.15 - 10.45 Interferon for HBV and HDV (S. Wirth)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45 Nucleos(t)ide analogues (M. Jonas)

11.45 – 12.00 Abstract

12.00 – 12.30 New therapeutic approaches in chronic HBV infection (P. Kennedy)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch


Session Hepatitis C

Chair: Philippa Easterbrook

14.00 - 14.30 HCV infection in children: epidemiology and clinical aspects (L. Hierro)

14.30 - 15.00 Direct-acting antivirals (R. Gonzalez-Peralta)

15.00 – 15.15 Abstract

15.15 - 15.45  Should we treat all children with chronic hepatitis C? (G. Indolfi)

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee Break

16.15 – 16.45 Hepatitis C in Low and Middle-Income Countries (M. EL-Sayed)

16.45 – 17.00 Abstract

17.00 – 17.30 Toward Elimination of Viral Hepatitis: Challenges and Research Gaps, the WHO Perspective (P. Easterbrook)


Saturday, February 02 -  Day 03

Session Non-Viral Infections

Chair: Dominque Debray and Wendy Van Der Woerd

09.00 – 09.15  Abstract

09.15 – 09.45  Pathogenesis of bacterial infections in liver cirrhosis (P. Angeli)

09.45 - 10.15   Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, cholangitis: a clinical view (H. Verkade)

10.15 – 10.45  Liver abscesses and opportunistic infections (N. Hadzic)

10.45 – 11.15  Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45  Fungal infections and antifugal Prophylaxis (T. Zaoutis)

11.45 – 12.15  Vaccination and prevention of infections in children with liver transplantation (F. Lacaille)

12.15 - 12.30 Summary & Closing