Monothematic Conference on the Oesophagus: From Malformation to Motility

Application Deadline: 11.08.2019



Registration Fee

General (100.00€)


Monothematic Conference on the oesophagus: from malformation to motility  

October 03-04, 2019  

Lille, France 

There is an increasing interest for oesophageal diseases in children, which include rare diseases ie oesophageal atresia and achalasia and the emerging burden of eosinophilic oesophagitis, as well as frequent pathologies or symptoms such as GERD, belching and feeding difficulties. There have been recent developments in the understanding of these diseases and assessment of their natural story and outcome, as well as treatment. This conference will address the more recent progresses in motility, surgery, pathophysiology and endoscopy. It will associate outstanding speakers in the field, in a multidisciplinary approach, including expert in motility, endoscopy, adult surgeon and GI, speech therapist, pediatric surgeon, and basic scientists. 

This conference is opened to pedGI, Allied Health professional as well as any specialist (basic scientist, pediatric surgeon) involved in these pathologies. 

Venue: Faculty of medicine, University of Lille


Travel and accommodation: Participants are expected to pay their own travel and to pay a nominal registration fee of EUR 100 for the conference.  ESPGHAN will cover 2 nights' accommodation, catering as well as social activities during the meeting. 


Applications: Application should include short CV and motivation letter  

Application is open to pediatric Gastroenterologist, Allied Health professional as well as any specialist (basic scientist, pediatric surgeon) involved in these pathologies 

Oesophagus conference: from malformation to motor dysfunction 

October 03-04, 2019 

Lille, France 

Arrival Day: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

19:00 Welcome reception 


Day 1: Thursday, October 03, 2019 

09:00–10:00 Arrivals and registration 

10:00–10:30 Molecular Embryology of the esophagus - Pascal de Santa Barbara (Montpellier, France) 

10:30–11:00 Pathophysiology and genetics of esophageal motility disorders - Nikhil Thapar (London, UK) 

11:00–11:30 Coffee break 

11:30–12:00 Long-term outcome of children operated at birth for Esophageal atresia - Frederic Gottrand (Lille, France) 

12:30–13:00 Achalasia in children, symptomatology, diagnosis, treatment and long-term follow up - Marc Benninga (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 

13:00–14:00 Lunch 

14:00–14:30 How to explore esophageal function? - Michiel van Wijk (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 

15:00–15:30 What is new in Gastroesophageal reflux disease? - Daniel Sifrim (London, UK) 

15:30–16:00 Coffee break 

16:00–16:30 New endoscopic techniques for treating esophageal diseases - Luigi D’all oglio (Rome, Italy) 

16:30–17:00 Esophageal surgery, cure or harmful? - René Wijnen (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) 

18:00 Visit of old city of Lille 

20:30 Dinner 


Day 2: Friday, October 04, 2019 

09:00–09:30 New insights in eosinophilic esophagitis - Alexandra Papadopoulou (Athens, Greece) 

09:30–10:00 Mechanism of early esophageal cancer development: are children a high-risk population? - Guillaume Piessen (Lille, France) 

10:00–10:30 Coffee break 

10:30–11:00 Hiccups, belching and rumination, new therapeutic approaches - Andre Smout (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 

11:00–11:30 How practically to deal with a feeding difficulty n children? - Audrey Lecoufle (Lille, France) 

11:30–12:00 Tissue engineering of the esophagus - Paolo De Coppi (London, UK) 

12:00–13:00 Lunch 

13:00–13:30 Sensations in the esophagus and the brain (fMRI) - Qasim Aziz (London, UK) 

13:30–14:00 Reflux and feeding in the neurologically impaired patient - Myriam Van Winckel (Gent, Belgium) 

14:00–14:30 Diseases of the Upper esophageal sphincter: videography and vomiting in healthy and neurologically impaired children - Nathalie Rommel (Leuven, Belgium) 

14:30–15:00 Respiration problems and reflux are they associated? - Yvan Vandenplas (Brussels, Belgium) 

15:00–15:15 Concluding remarks, end of the conference


Course director: 

Prof. Dr Frédéric Gottrand (France)


Faculty: 

Qasim Aziz (UK) 

Marc Benninga (the Netherlands) 

Luigi Dall'Oglio (Italy) 

Paolo De Coppi (UK) 

Pascal de Santa Barbara (France) 

Audrey Lecouffle (France) 

Alexandra Papadopoulou (Greece) 

Guillaume Piessen (France) 

Nathalie Rommel (Belgium) 

Daniel Sifrim (UK) 

Andrea Smout (the Netherlands) 

Nikhil Thapar (UK) 

Michiel van Wijk (the Netherlands) 

Myriam van Winckel (Belgium) 

Yvan Vandenplas (Belgium) 

Rene Wijnen (the Netherlands)