Monothematic Conference on the Oesophagus: From Malformation to Motility

Application Deadline: 21.07.2019

Registration Fee

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, pediatr 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 for the conference.  ESPGHAN will cover a maximum of 1 night’s 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 


Wednesday 2 October  

19:00  Arrival and registration 

20:00  Welcome Dinner  


Thursday 3 October 

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, 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 Dall' Oglio. Rome, Italy) 

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

18:00  Visit of old city of Lille  

20:30  Dinner  


Friday 4 October 

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 (Andrea Smout, the Netherland) 

11:00-11:30 How practically to deal with a feeding difficulties in children? (Audrey Lecoufle -Speech therapist- 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, 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 


  • Frederic Gottrand, Course Director (France)
  • Marc Benninga (the Netherlands)
  • Audrey Lecouffle (France)
  • Pascal de Santa Barbara (France) 
  • Michiel van Wijk (the Netherlands) 
  • Luigi Dall'  Oglio (Italy) 
  • Alexandra Papadopoulou (Greece) 
  • Andrea Smout (Netherlands) 
  • Paolo De Coppi (UK) 
  • Quazim Aziz (UK) 
  • Nathalie Rommel (Belgium)