POSTPONED: Advances and controversies in the management of the pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders

Application Deadline: 26.04.2020

Registration Fee

Registration fee (200.00€)


(Applications will re open early 2021- Further information will come)

Advances and controversies in the management of the pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders

General Information: 

Functional gastrointestinal disorders continue to be a prevalent set of conditions faced by the healthcare team and have a significant medical, emotional and economic impact. The Rome Pediatric Working Group on Functional GI Disorders, since 2006, has tried to make the criteria more useful for both clinician and researcher, facilitating efforts to make an accurate and definitive diagnosis This course is aimed at a audience of medical professionals who either wish to develop expertise, or have a current interest, in the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders in children. It will provide an update on epidemiology, pathogenesis, service development issues, and current and future therapies of these disorders. The meeting will combine keynote talks from international experts, clinical cases presentations and works in small groups to achieve maximum interaction.

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The following will be covered by ESPGHAN:

- 2 nights 'accomodation in a pre booked hotel

- Pre-arranged dinners and social programme    

- Catering throughout the course    

- Course Material  

Please kinldy note that delegates are expected to cover and arrange their own travel to attend the course.

APPLICATION (from early 2021)

Applications deadline: 2021

Maximum number of participants: the number of delegates is limited 50

Please use the online application form on this page. Application submitted by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the tool, please contact us at office@espghan. 

Candidates will be selected upon application, with a short CV and an abstract/ clinical case that may be selected for a 30min presentation during the course. Please note that ESPGHAN members will be prioritised.

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

Abstract/Clinical case submission guidelines: 

- Topic:" Functional gastrointestinal disease, clinical and  therapeutic aspects" 

- Words count: 200 words

- Structure: 1/Title and details of authors (presenters name to be included and underlined), 2/Background; 3/Clinical case; 4/Conclusion

Advances and controversies in the management of the pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders 


Preliminary Program 

Date: 2-4 July, 2020 



Thursday, 2 July 2020 

Session 1. Epidemiology and clinical patterns of FGIDs 

Moderators: Mark Benninga (Amsterdam) and Annamaria Staiano (Napoli)  


14.30-15.00 What is a case of FGID? Silvia Salvatore (Varese) 

15.00-15.30 Comparability of prevalence and incidence rates  Sanja Kolacek  (Zagreb) 

15.30-16.00 Feeding and eating problems  Claudio Romano (Messina) 

16.00-16.30 Coffee Break 

16.30-17.00 Abstracts/interactive case 

17.00-17.30 Infant Rumination Syndrome Erasmo Miele (Napoli)  

17.30-18.00 Colic and defecation problems in infants  Caterina Strisciuglio (Napoli)  


Friday, 3 July 2020 

Session 2. New Insights into pathogenesis of FGIDs  

Moderators:  Roberto De Giorgio (Ferrara) and Silvia Salvatore (Varese) 

09.00-09.30 The microbiota-gut-brain axis Michiel van Wijk (Amsterdam) 

09.30-10.00 Autonomic nervous system involvement in pediatric IBS Iva Hojsak (Zagreb) 

10.00-10.30 Neuroimmune factors  Roberto De Giorgio (Bologna) 

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break 

11.00-11.30 Abstracts/Clinical Cases 

11.30-12.00 Somatic and neuropsychiatric comorbidities  Iva Hojsak (Zagreb) 

12.00-12:30 Post-infection FGIDs Osvaldo Borrelli (London)  

12.30-13.30 Lunch 


Session 3. Dietary and pharmacological treatment of abdominal pain in IBS 

Moderators: Sanja Kolacek  (Zagreb) and Osvaldo Borrelli (London)


13.30-14.00 Dietary and lifestyle modifications Annamaria Staiano (Napoli) 

14.00-14.15 Prebiotics/probiotics/synbiotics Marc Benninga (Amsterdam) 

14.15-15.45 The Gluten-Free Diet: Use in FGIDs  management Riccardo Troncone (Napoli)  

14:45-15:15 Abstracts/Clinical Cases 

15.15-15.45 Coffee Break 

16.45-17.15  Functional Aerophagia : a atypical disorder Claudio Romano (Messina) 

15.45-16.15 Multi-dimensional Clinical Profile (MDCP)  Michiel van Wijk (Amsterdam) 

16.15-16.45 Lessons learned from adults Roberto Di Giorgio (Bologna) 


Saturday, 4 July 2020  

Session 4. Functional defecation disorders 

Moderators:  Claudio Romano (Messina) and Erasmo Miele (Napoli)  


09.00 – 09.30 Colonic and anorectal factors Osvaldo Borrelli (London) 

09.30 – 10.00 Abstracts/Clinical Cases 

09.45 – 10.15 Additional Diagnostic Testing Licia Pensabene (Catanzaro) 

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee Break 

11.00 – 11.30 Old and New pharmacological interventions  Marc Benninga (Amsterdam) 

11.30 – 12.00 Summary and closing remarks  

Course director: Claudio Romano (Messina)


  • Annamaria Staiano (Napoli)
  • Osvaldo Borrelli (London)
  • Silvia Salvatore (Varese)
  • Claudio Romano, (Messina)
  • Marc Benninga, (Amsterdam)
  • Sanja Kolacek  (Zagreb ) 
  • Roberto De Giorgio (Ferrara) 
  • Riccardo Troncone (Napoli) 
  • Caterina Strisciulglio (Napoli) 
  • Iva Hojsak (Zagreb) 
  • Michiel van Wijk (Amsterdam) 
  • Erasmo Miele (Napoli)
  • Silvia Pensabene (Catanzaro)