ESPGHAN NEC (Necrotising enterocolitis: a state of the art research and clinical management in preterm infants)

Registration Fee

2 days -ESPGHAN Members (250.00€)

2 days - Non-ESPGHAN members (300.00€)

2 days - Local delegates (150.00€)

Day Rate Thursday, Nov 26 (75.00€)

Day Rate Friday, Nov 27 (100.00€)

General Information

Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a major cause of death and serious disability in preterm infants and understanding is relevant to all NICU practitioners, as well as gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and a range of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) especially dieticians and pharmacists. Whilst NEC only affects 5-10% of very preterm infants, the fear of NEC dominates decision making on a day to day basis on the NICU. The risk of NEC is affected by and impacts on feeding rate, milk type including the use of donor human milk, the use of fortifiers or supplements including breast milk fortifiers, and other interventions such as probiotics. In the short term, up to 50% of infants with NEC require surgery, of whom half may not survive. In the longer term, NEC may result in short gut requiring prolonged use of parenteral nutrition, some of which may be provided at home. NEC has major impacts on brain development affecting long-term cognitive outcome and is likely to have a large impact on quality of life over the life-course. In recent years there has been an increase in research aimed at early prediction (using microbiomic, metabolomic and other predictors) and prophylaxis using for example probiotics or other immunonutrients. This meeting will compromise a faculty consisting of scientific and clinical experts in the prevention, diagnosis, prediction, and management of NEC as well as parents to talk about their experiences. The faculty will be international and include recognised experts in their fields. The conference will consist of state-of-the-art lectures covering the basic science of underlying mechanisms, along with clinical aspects of prevention and management. 


The following will be covered by ESPGHAN:

- 1 night pre-arranged accommodation (organized by ESPGHAN) for non-locals participants attending both days 

- Pre-arranged dinner for non-locals participants attending both days 

- Catering throughout the course for all participants 

- Course Material for all participants 


Registrations (will open on 01/03/2020): 

Registration Fees (ESPGHAN members) 2 days (Incl. dinner and accommodation) : EUR 250,00 

Registration Fees (Non-ESPGHAN members) 2 days  (Incl. dinner and accommodation) : EUR 300,00 

Registration Fees (day rate) 2 days  (Exc. dinner and accommodation): EUR 150,00 

Day rate registration – 1 day, Thursday, Nov 26th  (Exc. dinner and accommodation) : EUR 75,00 

Day rate registration – 1 day, Friday, Nov 27th  (Exc. dinner and accommodation) : EUR 100,00 


Registrations will be accepted on a 1st arrived, 1st served basis, up to a maximum of 60 delegates for the 2 days course and 20 delegates for 1 day course.  

Please be aware that the course might be full before the registration deadline.  


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

Preliminary Programme will include aspects of NEC such as: 


• Is NEC a single disease: variation in the clinical presentation and pathological findings 

• Microbiomic and metabolomic correlates and predictors of NEC 

• Gut enteroid models to improve mechanistic understanding in NEC 

• The role of maternal IgA in protection against NEC 

• Do animal models of NEC hold translational relevance for preterm infants?  

• Mechanisms on the causal pathway to NEC: Blood transfusion and CMV infection? 

• Do Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) play a role in the prevention of NEC 

• Human milk - protective factors for NEC and maximising availability in donor milk  

• Do currently available probiotics prevent NEC?  

• Optimal nutritional management during acute NEC – high, low or no parenteral nutrition? 

• Long term nutritional management of short gut – before and after discharge 

• The family experience of NEC: prolonged PN and life after discharge 

Organising faculty 

  • Professor Nicholas Embleton 
  • Dr Janet Berrington 
  • Professor Magnus Domellof (ESPGHAN CoN chair)