Young Investigator Forum

Application Deadline: 30.06.2019

Registration Fee

Welcome to the YIF 2019 !

The ESPGHAN young investigators forum (YIF) has been an integral part of the society for the last 24 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 so many of the delegates come through to become established academics and clinicians as well as develop friendships and successful collaborations across Europe.  


The Aims of the YIF are to:   

  • to provide young investigators with a friendly and constructive atmosphere in order to present their research and learn from each other.   
  • to meet and network with senior faculty members and to set up research collaboration in Europe.  
  • to enable young investigators to contribute to the scientific development of ESPGHAN  

Definition of Young Investigator: Active clinical or laboratory based researcher, ideally less than 10 years working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.  Delegates may not attend more than one forum.   


Delegates: the forum is aimed at young investigators who are developing their research career and are committed to working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and/or nutrition in Europe. It is not aimed at experienced researchers who are already principal investigators with grant funding, or at workers who are intent on a career outside of Europe.   


Abstract: the abstract should be divided into Background/Aims, Methods, Results, Summary/Conclusions. It is important that the abstract includes data from your research activity and doesn’t describe plans for the future without any actual data. Single case reports are less likely to be successful unless they have an important message of wide relevance.   


Letter of Support: the ESPGHAN member who is supporting you should give some information about your current situation and your state of training.  


CV: this should be relatively brief but include basic information and any items that are relevant to your gastroenterology/hepatology/nutrition experience and training, plus any presentations to national and international meetings and any publications (including abstracts).  


Family and guests - faculty and delegates are discouraged from bringing family members as this reduces the interaction between the delegates.  


Travel expenses and accommodation: travel expenses and accommodation will be provided by an unrestricted educational grant from the educational partner programme of ESPGHAN This will cover economy travel within Europe. 


Applicants need to be basic science or clinical trainees/early stage that have completed and are able to submit a scientific abstract with sufficient results and conclusions to enable discussion. Essentially delegates need to be active clinical or laboratory based researchers working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Ideally with less than 10 years training experience.  

Delegates will need to submit a formal application with CV, scientific abstract and letter of support from ESPGHAN member.  

They will be selected on the basis of their abstracts, which are reviewed and scored independently by the faculty.  


Note: Participants are expected to attend the whole meeting and all social events. Delegates may not attend more than one forum

ESPGHAN Young Investigator Forum 2019 




Day 1: Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 


12.00–14.00 Transport Airport Amsterdam – Blooming Hotel Bergen  

14.00–16.00 Faculty members Meeting 


Chairs:  Iva Hojsak, Florence Lacaille, Jernej Dolinsek, Amit Assa. 


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: Presentation techniques (Iva Hojsak) Faculty state of the Art lecture: Principles of feedback (Jernej Dolinsek) 

17.50 - 18.00 Break 

18.00 – 19.00 Group Work (Ice breaker) 

19.00 – 19.30 Faculty state of the Art lecture: Presentation techniques (Iva Hojsak) Faculty state of the Art lecture: Principles of feedback (Jernej Dolinsek) 

19.30 Break 

19.45 Pre dinner drinks + Dinner at hotel 


DAY 2: Thursday, September 19th, 2019 


Chair: Amit Assa 


09.00 – 09.30 Adi Anafy, The glycemic and insulinemic response to different infant formula 

Comment: Elina Kirshina/ Eva Ott/ Jernej Dolinsek 

09.30 – 10.00 Ana-Georgeta Negrea, Etiology of Acute Liver Failure in children  

Comment: Elina Kirshina/ Claire Mayer/Florence Lacaille 

10.00 – 10.30 Faculty state of the Art lecture: How to be an efficient researcher - Developing proposals and writing grant applications (Amit Assa) 

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break / Photo 

11.00 – 11.30 Claire Mayer, Transient Elastography Compared to Liver Biopsy to Assess Fibrosis in Pediatric Liver Disease  

Comment: Marion Almes/ Muhammed Yuskel/Amit Assa 

11.30 – 12.00 Claudia Sirbe, Extrahepatic Portal Vein Obstruction - A 6 years single-centre experience 

Comment: Eva Ott/ Olga Laurentya/ Florence Lacaille 

12.00 – 12.30 Danielle Serranti, Sofosbuvir/Ledipasvir Treatment in Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old Infected with Genotype 1, 3 or 4 Hepatitis C Virus: a Real-World Experience  

Comment: Claudia Sirbe/Muhammed Yuskel/ Florence Lacaille 

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break 


Chair: Iva Hojsak 


13.30 – 14.00 Elina Kirshina, Features of physical development and nutritional status in children with inflammatory bowel disease  

Comment: Marco Deganello Saccomani/ Claudia Sirbe/ Iva Hojsak 

14.00 – 14.30 Eva Ott, Sedation for diagnostic gastrointestinal endoscopy in children: a prospective french study.  

Comment: Marco Deganello Saccomani/ Razilya Rakhmaeva/Amit Assa 

14.30 – 15.00 Francesco Proli, Quality of life in children after intestinal transplantation: comparison with liver transplantation and home parenteral nutrition  

Comment: Raouf Nassar/ Tugçe Göksu Kabil/ Jernej Dolinsek 

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee/tea break 

15.30 – 16.00 Ilan Oseran, The effect of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction group intervention on stress and emotional functioning among parents of children with IBD  

Comment: Francesco Proli/ Nuru Noor/ Iva Hojsak 

16.00 – 16.30 Lotte Vlug, Body composition in infants with conditions leading to intestinal failure is not altered in the first 6 months  

Comment: Olga Laurentya/ Raouf Nassar/ Iva Hojsak 

16.30 -17.00 Marion Almes, Targeted-capture next-generation sequencing in the diagnosis of pediatric cholestasis 

Comment: Ana-Georgeta Negrea/ Daniele Serranti/Iva Hojsak  

17.30 Depart from the hotel for evening event and dinner  


DAY 3: Friday, September 20th, 2019


Chair: Florence Lacaille 


09.00 – 09.30 Marco Deganello Saccomani, Concordance between macroscopic appearance and histologic findings of oesophageal mucosa during upper endoscopy in children: a 1 year experience from a single centre.  

Comment: Ondrej Fabian/ Raphaël Enaud/Amit Assa 

09.30 – 10.00 Muhammed Yuskel, The role of Vitamin D levels in pediatric liver transplant patients and the post-transplant outcome  

Comment: Ana-Georgeta Negrea/ Raphaël Enaud/ Florence Lacaille 

10.00 – 10.30 Nuru Noor, A blood-based prognostic biomarker in Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

Comment Francesco Proli/ Razilya Rakhmaeva/Amit Assa 

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break 

11.00 – 11.30 Olga Laurentya, Exclusive breastfeeding, diarrhoea incidence, and infancy growth: results from Indonesian infants  

Comment: Adi Anafy/ Ilan Oseran/Amit Assa 

11.30 – 12.00 Ondrej Fabian, Immunohistochemical Assessment of CD30+ Lymphocytes in the Intestinal Mucosa Facilitates Diagnosis of Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis.  

Comment Daniele Serranti/ Nuru Noor/ Jernej Dolinsek 

12.00 – 12.30 Raouf Nassar, Central Venous Catheters -Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) in Children Diagnosed with Intestinal Failure in Southern Israel  

Comment: Lotte Vlug/ Tugçe Göksu Kabil/ Iva Hojsak 

12.30 – 13.00 Faculty state of the Art lecture: Writing a scientific publication (Florence Lacaille) 

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch 

Chair: Jernej Dolinsek 

14.00 – 14.30 Raphaël Enaud, Early microbiota disturbances and intestinal inflammation in children with cystic fibrosis  

Comment Ilan Oseran/ Ondrej Fabian/Jernej Dolinsek 

14.30 – 15.00 Razilya Rakhmaeva, Assessing of nutritional status in children with cerebral palsy. 

Comment Adi Anafy/ Lotte Vlug/ Jernej Dolinsek 

15.00 – 15.30 Tugçe Göksu Kabil, Predictors of Acute Cellular Rejection in Pediatric Liver Transplantation  

Comment: Claire Mayer/ Marion Almes/ Florence Lacaille 

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

16.15 – 16.45 Closing evaluation 

17.00 Depart from the hotel for evening event and farewell dinner 


DAY 4: Saturday, September 21st, 2019 


Breakfast and check out - Transfer back to Amsterdam Airport 

Florence Lacaille (Course Organiser)

AFFILIATION: Hepatogastroenterology-Nutrition Unit, Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades, Paris 

COUNTRY: France 

Florence Lacaille is pediatric hepatologist, also responsible for intestinal transplantation in Necker-Enfants malades (second largest hepatology unit in France and first intestinal transplantation unit in Europe). 

Member of ESPGHAN since the last century, previous member of the ESPGHAN Council and the Hepatology Committee. Doing her best to help young active enthousiastic doctors to feel attracted to ESPGHAN, because of all the opportunities (clinical work, research, networking, education...) the Society offers. 

Iva Hojsak

AFFILIATION: Referral Center for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Children’s Hospital Zagreb 

COUNTRY: Croatia 

Iva Hojsak, MD, PhD is pediatric gastroenterologist and head of the Referral Center for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Children’s Hospital Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated on Medical School of Zagreb, where she also received her PhD degree. She has published more than 90 scientific and clinical papers and has been a coworker in more than 15 international and Croatian scientific projects. She is a head of Scientific Committee of the Children’s Hospital Zagreb, secretary of the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition and associate editor of Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Her main clinical/research interests include probiotics, intestinal failure and parenteral nutrition and inflammatory bowel disease. 

Jernej Dolinsek

AFFILIATION:  University Medical Center Maribor 

COUNTRY: Slovenia 

Jernej Dolinšek (MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics) works at the Gastroenterology Unit of Pediatric Department University Medical Center Maribor, Slovenia, where he started to work in 1996. He serves as a head of the unit since 2012. He served as a head of the Department of Pediatrics in 2009-2010. 

During his training, he has spent valuable time in Tampere, Finland with the research group of Prof. Markku Mäki. Based on this work he has finished his PhD aimed at the study of apoptotic processes in celiac disease. 

He has been actively collaborating in several national and international study groups and projects in the field of pediatric gastroenterology mainly focusing on celiac disease. Currently he is actively involved in Focus-In-CD, Medicel, ProCeDE, EuroPaedHP projects and initiatives. 

He has been invited as a guest speaker to many international events, especially in Eastern European countries. He has been president of Slovene Celiac Disease Society for one mandate and is still a member of Executive board. He is a member of Slovene Medical Chamber Council and Slovene Pediatric Association Executive Board. 

In 1997, he was a chair of International Celiac Disease Symposium in Maribor. 

He had served ESPGHAN Council as ESPGHAN International Affairs Representative (2014-2017); he is an ESPGHAN representative in UEG General Assembly, and member of ESPGHAN YIF faculty, ESPGHAN Education Task Force and ESPGHAN Gastroenterology Committee.  

Within ESPGHAN, he is a member of Coeliac Disease Special Interest Group, and Coeliac Disease Guideliness Working Group. 

He is happily married and has two wonderful children.