ESPGHAN 6th IBD Masterclass (postponed)

This school was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, and ESPGHAN's related responsibility for the health of our faculty, delegates and staff. A new date will be announced latest by the end of 2020.

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General Information

General Information

The ESPGHAN IBD Porto Group and the Local Organising Committee are delighted to announce the 6th Paediatric IBD Masterclass to take place in Bristol, United Kingdom from 26-28 November 2020.

The goals are to review important aspects of diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents. This ESPGHAN Masterclass is for practicing pediatric gastroenterologists who wish to improve their clinical skills in managing paediatric IBD. Trainees could be accepted based on availability. Preference will be given to ESPGHAN members.

The ESPGHAN Paediatric IBD Porto Group is a group of paediatric IBD experts from ESPGHAN whose goals are to generate collaborative international research and to provide a leadership role concerning current diagnosis and management of IBD in children.

We look forward to  welcoming you in Bristol,

Christine Spray (Local Organizer)
Richard Russel (Chair ESPGHAN IBD Porto Group)

Application & Fees

Application Deadline: August 12, 2020
Registration fee: EUR 100.00

Applicants need to submit a current CV and motiviation letter detailing why they think they should be selected. The number of applicants is limited and delegates will be selected by the organizers after the application deadline. As we are keen to provide knowledge to as many delegates as possible, participants of previous ESPGHAN IBD Masterclasses will not be considered.

Kindly 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 Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members. Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office.

The course language is English.


Day 01 - Thursday, November 26

13.00 – 13.35

Registration & Welcome


Session 1: Diagnosis & Diagnostics

Chair: Chris Spray


Making a diagnosis of IBD with case(s) to illustrate role of pathology, radiology & VCE in diagnosis (incl. what is IBD-U and the pitfalls) 


Definition of remission for Crohn’s and UC and tools for monitoring of disease activity (incl. role of faecal calprotectin) 


Personalized targeted treatment for biologics? What predictors help direct treatment choice? How to use drug levels in practice – interactive discussion based on a case presentations 


Coffee Break


What the patient wants from his IBD specialist (Patient & Family)


Impact of psychology support for our patients with IBD 


Networking and Dinner 


Day 02 - Friday, November 27


Session 2: Treatment of IBD

Chair: TBC

08.30 – 09.00

Is there still a role for IM: should patient sex and EBV status affect our decision 

09.00 – 09.30

Which biologic to start and when is enough enough? With case presentation 

09.30 – 10.00

Management of refractory proctitis & pouchitis 

10.00 – 10.30

Joint working with surgeons: Perianal and perineal disease, management of strictures (case presentation) 

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break


Session 3: Extraintestinal manifestations and complications of treatment of IBD

Chair: TBC

11.00 – 11.30

Dermatology-common & rare presentations: complications of disease & treatment 

11.30 – 12.00

Oral manifestations – case presentation 

12.00 – 12.30

Growth and pubertal status: is there a role for hormonal treatment 

12.30 – 13.00

Liver complications & management – case presentation 

13.00 – 14.00



Session 4: Emerging therapies

Chair: TBC

14.00 - 14.30

What about faecal transplant? 

14.30 – 15.00

New drugs on the block and their development. Translation from adult to paediatric use and it’s challenges 

15.00 – 15.30

Novel dietary treatment; is it feasible? 

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee Break


Session 5: Following Guidelines: Interactive case management

16.00 – 18.00

(Faculty to present cases x 4)

19:30 Networking & Dinner

Day 03 - Saturday, November 28


Session 6: Interactive case presentation by delegates -  delegates present their own cases (x 4)

Chair: TBC

10.30 – 11.00 

Coffee Break


Session 7: How do I become a leader in IBD

Chair: TBC

11.00 – 11.30

Why and how to build a multidisciplinary IBD clinic 

11.30 – 12.00

Setting up research: clinical and translational & biobanks 

12.00 – 12.30

Genomics – use of genomics &transformation into clinical practice (play a role yet in prognosis/treatment &/or cancer risk 

12.30 – 13.00

What’s new in IBD in 2020, - How to become involved nationaly and internationaly 

13.00 - 13.20 

Summary and close 


ESPGHAN Faculty - Local
Christine Spray - Bristol, UK (Local Organiser)
Richard Russell - Edinburgh, UK (Chair ESPGHAN IBD Porto Group)
Neil Chanchlani - Exeter, UK
Nick Croft - London, UK
Holm Uhlig - Oxford, UK 

ESPGHAN Faculty - International
Marina Aloi - Rome, Italy
Javier Martin de Carpì - Barcelona, Spain (Education Liaison ESPGHAN IBD Porto Group)
Patrick van Rheen - Groningen, Netherlands
Lissy de Ridder - Rotterdam, Netherlands

External Faculty - Bristol, UK
Sophie Velleman
Eleri Cusick
Konrad Stains

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will cover the following for international delegates:

  • up to 2 nights accommodation in a pre-arranged hotel (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • pre-arranged dinners and socials
  • catering throughout the course
  • congress material

Trainees and delegates from low-resource countries will further be granted travel refund up to EUR 270. If you are not a Young ESPGHAN Member, kindly provide a confirmation of your trainee status to upon application.


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