ESPGHAN 2nd Masterclass in GI Immunology (cancelled)

This school was cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, and ESPGHAN's related responsibility for the health of our faculty, delegates and staff.

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General Information

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.

Application & Fees

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2020
Registration fee: EUR 100.00

A standard fee of EUR 100 will apply to attend the course.

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Applications submitted by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the tool, please contact us at office@espghanCandidates will be selected based on their CV, motivation letter. Selected applicants will have the option to submit an abstract that may be selected for presentation. Abstracts may have been submitted to other public meetings previously.

The number of participants is limited and a selection will be made by the school organisers after the deadline. Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members and Paediatric Gastroenterologists, both juniors and seniors. Paediatric Gastroenterologists in training are welcome. The school should be open to interested Immunologists, Gastroenterologists and Paediatricians. Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office. The course language is English.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
Language : English
Abstract word count : maximum 400
Title length: inclusive in total word count
Tables : maximum 2
Figure maximum 1
Details of authors: presenters name to be included and underlined
Number of coauthors : no restriction
Who can present: no restrictions; coauthors can present but have to be registered and paid for the conference. Should have a medical / allied health professional background
What can be submitted: case report or original work
Presenting author of the abstract should be registered for the meeting and full payment should be done prior to the meeting
Presentation: oral or poster; the authors will be notified about selection


Day 01 - Thursday, October 22

16:00 - 16:45

Arrival and Registration



17:00 - 17:15

Welcome and Overview, Organising Committee 


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

Chair: Hankje Escher




The GI Immune Cells and Tissues 


Cytokines & Lymphokines 




Day 02 - Friday, October 23


Session 2: The Basics and the Clinic 1

Chair: Carmen Ribes


The Innate GI Immune Response 


The Adaptative GI Immune Response 


Clinical Case

09:50 - 10:15

Coffee Break


Frontal Session 4: Nutrition and viral liver diseases 

Chair: A. Zellos


The Immunology of IBD


Clinical Case


The Immunology of Coeliac Disease 


Clinical Case


Genetic aspects of GI Immunology 




Session 4: The Basics and The Clinic 3

Chair: to be confirmed


The role of the epithelium in the immune response 


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


Coffee 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 Networking & Dinner

Day 03 - Saturday, 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 


Clinical case


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 

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 2 nights (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • Pre-arranged dinners and social programme  
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material


We look forward to welcoming you in Rotterdam.

Hankje Escher (Local Organiser)
Luisa Mearin (Co-Organiser)
Carmen Ribes-Koninckx (Co-Organiser)


If you have any questions, please contact the ESPGHAN Office for details.
Phone: +41 (0)22 9000 401