6th IBD Masterclass

This school will be held in hybrid format

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 25 - 27 November 2021.

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.

Covid-19 Information

In accordance with ESPGHAN Rules and Regulations non-members can only attend 1 educational event. Due to the Covid19 pandemic this rule is suspended until further notice.

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office.


Application & Fees

Application Deadline: July 31 2021
Registration fees:
EUR 100.00
Online Non-Member: EUR 100
Online-Member: EUR 80

Applicants need to submit a current CV and motiviation letter detailing why they think they should be selected. Due to the hybrid format, applicants will need to further indicate their attendance preferene (onsite or virtual).
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.

Upon application, applicants can choose between onsite or online attendance.

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 office@espghan.org. 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.


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Thursday, November 25

13 – 13.45           Registration

13.45 - 14.00       Welcome                                                        

Session 1:           Diagnosis & diagnostics                                

14.00 – 14.40     Making a diagnosis of IBD with case(s) to illustrate role of pathology, radiology & VCE in diagnosis (including what is IBD-U and the pitfalls)
14.40 – 15.10     Definition of remission for Crohn’s and UC and tools for monitoring of disease activity (including role of faecal calprotectin)
15.10 – 15.40    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
15.40 – 16.10    Coffee Break
16.10 -  16.20     What the patient wants from his IBD specialist  Patient & family
16.20 – 17.10     Impact of psychology support for our patients with IBD   

19.00                   Dinner

Day 02 - Friday, November 26

Session 2:            Treatment of IBD                                             

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:      

11.00 – 11.30     Dermatology - common and 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     Lunch

Session 4:            Emerging therapies                           

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)

19.00                    Networking & Dinner

Day 03 - Saturday, November 27

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

10.30 – 11.00    Coffee Break

Session 7:            How do I become a leader in IBD                       

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 
12.30 – 13.00     What’s new in IBD in 2021, - How to become involved nationally and internationally
13.00 - 13.20      Summay and Close

13.20                   Lunch and Individual Departures


International Faculty
Eytan Wine
Patrick van Rheenen
Javier Martin de Carpi
Lissy de Ridder

Local Faculty
Christine Spray - Local Organiser
Richard Russell - Chair ESPGHAN IBD Porto Group
David Wilson
Holm Uhlig
Neil Chanchlani
Konrad Stains
more TBC

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will cover the following for international onsite 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 office@espghan.org upon application.


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