ESPGHAN 2nd Masterclass in GI Immunology

Application Deadline: 19.07.2020

Registration Fee

Registration Fee (100.00€)

General Information

The intestine is the largest immunological organ in the body. Disorders related to immune dysfunction, such coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and allergy/eosinophilic disorders are common in the Paediatric Gastroenterology practice. For Paediatric Gastroenterologists however there is a lack of educational activities concerning the immunologic mechanisms of these diseases. The aim of this Master Class is to fill up this gap of knowledge, and help clinicians to better understand the aetiology and treatments. The program will be interactive and informal. After the great success of the 1st Masterclass in 2017 that was held in Leiden, we are now proud to organise the 2nd Masterclass in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Target Group

Priority will be given to Paediatric Gastroenterologists, both juniors and seniors. Paediatric Gastroenterologists in training are welcome. The Event should be open to interested Immunologists, Gastroenterologists and Paediatricians.

Application (to open May 2020)

Applicants need to submit a current CV and scientific abstract (to pitch a new project) or case presentation. The number of applicants is limited and applicants will be selected by the local organizers after the application deadline.

Please use the online application form on this page.

Applications by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the online application tool, please contact

Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office.

ESPGHAN will cover the following for delegates:

- up to 2 nights accommodation in a pre-arranged hotel

- pre-arranged dinners and socials

- catering throughout the course

- congress material

The registration fee needs to be paid upon receipt of the respective invoice.

We look forward to welcoming you in Rotterdam.

Hankje Escher (Local Organiser)

Luisa Mearin (Co-Organiser)

Carmen Ribes-Koninckx (Co-Organiser)

Preliminary Programme

Day 1 –  October 22

16.00-16.45 Arrival and Registration

16.45-17.00 Welcome

17:00 - 17:15 Welcome and Overview, Organising Committee 

Session 1: The Gastrointestinal (GI) System: Function and Immunology

Chair: Hankje Escher

17.15-17.30 Quiz 

17.30-17.50 The GI Immune Cells and Tissues 

17.50-18.10 Cytokines & Lymphokines 

19.00 Dinner 

DAY 2 – October 23

Session 2: The Basics and the Clinic 1

Chair: Carmen Ribes

08.30-09.00 The Innate GI Immune Response 

09.00-09.30 The Adaptative GI Immune Response 

09.30-09.50 Clinical Case

09.50-10.15 Coffee break

Session 3: The Basics and The Clinic 2

Chair: Edmond Rings

10.15-10.45 The Immunology of IBD 

10.45-11.00 Clinical Case

11.00-11.30 The Immunology of Coeliac Disease 

11.30-11.45 Clinical Case

11.45-12.15 Genetic aspects of GI Immunology 

12:30-13.30 Lunch

Session 4: The Basics and The Clinic 3

Chair: to be confirmed

13.30-14.00 The role of the epithelium in the immune response 

14.00-15.30 Clinical carroussel with 4 stations (2 experts per station, 20 minutes per round)

15.30-16.00 Tea break

Session 5: BREAK OUT to from lab to clinic or vice versa (2 groups)

Group 1 (lab to clinic):

16.00-17.00 station with laboratory setting with demonstration of lab immunology techniques

17.00-18.00 group tour to Children’s Hospital, medical faculty, library

Group 2 (clinic to lab):

16.00-17.00 group tour to Children’s Hospital, medical faculty, library

17.00-18.00 station with laboratory setting with demonstration of lab immunology techniques

19.00-20.30 Social Event – Rotterdam

20.30 Dinner in Rotterdam City

DAY 3 – October 24

Session 6: New and Future Developments 1

Chair: Janneke Samsom

09.00-09.30 Immunosuppression and immunomodulation in IBD 

09.30-09.45 Clinical case

09.45-10.15 Primary Immunodeficiencies 

10.15-10.30 Clinical case

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

Session 7: New and Future Developments 2

Chair: Luisa Mearin

11.00-11.15 New and Future in IBD 

11.15-11.30 Pitch your project 1: by delegate

11.30-11.45 New and Future in Coeliac Disease

11.45-12.00 Pitch your project 2: by delegate

12.00-12.15 Pitch your project 3: by delegate

12.15-12.30 Pitch your project 4: by delegate

12.30-12.45 Quiz (Edward Nieuwenhuis)

12.45-13.00 Summary and Closing Remarks 

13.15 Lunch and departure

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