2nd ESPGHAN Summer School in Basic and Translational Research

Application Deadline: 16.06.2019

Registration Fee

Registration (100.00€)

2nd ESPGHAN summer school for Basic and Translational Research:  

24th to 26th July 2019 

Trinity Hall College, Cambridge, UK  

Target audience:  

  • Clinicians and scientists involved in research related to ESPGHAN  
  • Trainees as well as established researchers/clinicians are invited  
  • Non-members require supporting statement from an active ESPGHAN member 
  • ESPGHAN members who are interested in perusing basic and or translational research in the fields of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition 


This summer school aims to provide an introduction to basic and translational research methodologies specifically tailored to young clinical trainees, research students, post-docs as well as more established investigators working in the field of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Moreover, we aim to provide a platform for motivated individuals to meet, connect and receive guidance from an experienced international faculty.   

Talks and teaching sessions will cover the following topics:  

  • Introduction in basic molecular research techniques (e.g. RT-PCR, Western blotting, ELISA, Immunostaining etc.)  
  • Genome wide genetic, epigenetic and transcriptomic profiling  - Next generation sequencing and array based approaches  
  • Introduction in bioinformatic analysis of the above datasets (using ‘R’) 
  • Human intestinal organoids (or “how to grow a human mini-gut”) – novel translational research tools for Paediatric Gastroenterologists 
  • Cutting edge research: CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing  
  • Translational basic research (from bench to bedside) – how to make it happen  
  • How to get published  
  • Applying for funding (fellowships, grants)  
  • How to combine clinical work and science / how to be research active  
  • Discussion and critical appraisal of selected delegate projects 


The social programme will include a dinner at the historical College Dining Hall and punting on the river Cams. There will be plenty of opportunity for delegates to network with faculty members as well as amongst each other encouraging active exchange of ideas and start of possible collaborations.  


All applicants will be requested to submit

  • CV  
  • Brief motivational statement  
  • Support letter from an ESPGHAN member (if application from non-member trainees) 
  • Abstract of either current or planned research project (basic and/or translational research) – top abstracts will be selected for presentation and discussion. Completed projects will not be accepted. 

Abstract submission guidelines: Abstract of either current or planned research project (basic and/or translational research) 

• The official meeting language will be English. Abstracts must be submitted in English. Please ensure keywords within your abstract title are written in the British-English variation; for example Paediatric, Coeliac (not American-English: Pediatric, Celiac). 

• An abstract can be submitted if it has not been published previously 

• Please note, that case reports should only be submitted if they provide novelty. 

• Abstracts must contain data and meet international ethical standards. 

• Abbreviations should be defined. 

• Trade names cannot be mentioned in the title. However, trade names in brackets will be accepted in the body of the text. 

• The abstract cannot contain more than 3,000 characters (approx.450 words) (including blank spaces, punctuation as well as authors affiliation and titles). 

• The abstract must be structured into the following sections: 

Aims and Objectives 




• One figure or 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. 

• Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical or scientific errors. No corrections are possible after the submission deadline.  

Costs and registration

A registration fee of EUR 100 will apply. ESPGHAN will cover catering and accommodation costs, along with attendance to social events. Please note that delegates are expected to cover their travel expenses.


JULY 24-26, 2018 

Cambridge, United Kingdom 

Wednesday 24 July  

Arrival of faculty and delegates  

18:00 Welcome networking event at Trinity Hall College followed by punting on the River Cams  


Thursday 25 July  

Morning Session 

8:00 – 8:15 Registration and Coffee 

8:15 – 9:00 Welcome (M. Zilbauer) 

9:00 – 9:30 Translational research – crossing the “Valley of death”  (M. Zilbauer) 

9:30 – 10:00 Basic principles and methodological approaches – which technique and when (A. Jenke) 

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break 

10:45 – 11:15 Human intestinal organoids - translational research tools (J. Kraiczy) 

11:15 – 11:45 Cutting edge methodologies: Single Cell RNA sequencing (A. Ross) 

12:00 – 12:30 Getting published – tips and considerations (K.Hensel)

12:00 – 12:30 Questions – Discussions (All faculty) 

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch 

13:30 – 14:30 Publishing translational research – tips and considerations prior starting a project (K. Hensel) 


Afternoon break out session 

Delegates will be divided in 3 groups (n=7-8) 


13:30 - 14:45 Discussion groups (45 minutes followed by 30 minutes summary from each group to all).   

This is aimed at giving delegates the opportunity to meet with faculty and have a more detailed discussion about various aspects of related research and/or other topics. Following discussion in smaller groups, the main findings will be presented to all and the topic briefly discussed amongst all delegates and faculty.  


1) Large data – the OMICs challenge (Alex Ross and Matt Zilbauer)

Aspects to be discussed include:  

• What are the advantages of genome wide omics approach in research?  

• What are the challenges? 

• Where to get advice and support?  

• Bioinformatics – where to start  


2) Combining clinical with research (Jake Mann and Philip Bufler)  

Aspects to be discussed include:  

• How to get protected time for research  

• What could ESPGHAN do to help/support young researchers and clinicians?  

• What are the main challenges?  

• Role of mentorship 


3) The power of collaboration (Andreas Jenke and Kai Hensel) 

Aspects to be discussed include:  

• Why is it important to collaborate?  

• What makes a good collaborator/collaboration?  

• What are the advantages of being a clinician or scientist when it comes to collaborating with scientists or clinicians?  

• Collaborating with Industry: when and how?  

14:45- 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 17:30 Abstract scoring and preparation for Dragon’s Den 

Each group will be given 4-5 abstracts (from other delegates and/or previous ESPGHAN meetings). These will be scored (a scoring template and instructions are provided) and constructive feedback documented by the supervising faculty members.  

As a second task, the group will be asked to choose one abstract/project to be prepared for presentation in the ‘Science Dragon Den’. Briefly, in the Dragon’s Den, the group will have to convince dragons to fund their research project. They will be given 10-15 minutes presentation time followed by questions from the dragons. The group are allowed to modify the abstract (e.g. change methodologies, patient cohort etc) if they feel that this improves the quality of the project.  

The aim is to critically assess research projects and prepare for funding and/or publication. The Dragon’s den session will be held on Friday.  

Abstract distribution:  

Group A – reviewing and discussing Abstracts from Group E  

Group B – reviewing and discussing Abstracts from Group A  

Group C – reviewing and discussing Abstracts from Group B  

Group D – reviewing and discussing Abstracts from Group C  

Group E – reviewing and discussing Abstracts from Group D  


Evening: Dinner in historical College Dining Hall  


Friday 26 July  

8:15 – 9:30 Coffee  

8:30 – 9:00 Translational research in practice (ethics, clinical trials, funding, multi-centre studies) (P.Bufler) 

9:00 – 9:30 Animal models – role in basic and translational research (J. Mann) 

9:30-10:00 Coffee break and final preparations for Science Den

10:00 – 12:30 Science – Dragon’s Den (Delegates and all Faculty) 

12:30 – 12:45 Feedback from delegates 

12:45 Concluding remarks and summary (M. Zilbauer) 

13:15 Lunch and departure 

Course Director: Prof. Matthias Zilbauer


Cambridge based:   

Dr  Alexander Ross MD 

Dr  Jake Mann, MD 

Dr  Kai Hensel  


Prof. Andreas Jenke (Germany)  

Dr Judith Kraiczy (Harvard)  

Prof. Philip Bufler (Germany)