6th IBD Masterclass

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.

Application & Fees

Application will open in March 2021.

Application Deadline: July 31 2021
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 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

Session 1: Epidemiology - Diagnosis
14.00 - 14.30   Epidemiology – an ever growing worldwide epidemic                  
14.30 - 14.50   Making a diagnosis of IBD is easy but which type? Role of pathology, radiology & VCE  in diagnosis (including what is IBD-U and the pitfalls)
14.50 - 15.20   The definition of remission for Crohn’s and UC and tools for monitoring of disease activity
15.20 - 15.50   Coffee Break
15.50 - 16.50   What is personalized targeted treatment? What predictors help direct treatment choice? How to use drug levels in treatment – interactive discussion based on a case presentation 16.50 - 17.30   What the patient wants from his IBD specialist

Networking and Dinner

Day 02 - Friday, November 26

Session 2: Treatment of IBD
08.30 - 09.00   Novel dietary treatment; is it feasible?                                              
09.00 - 09.30   Is there still a role for IM:  should patient sex and EBV status affect our decision? 09.30 - 10.00   Which biologic to start and when is enough enough? With case presentation
10.00 - 10.30   Joint working with surgeons
10.30 - 11.00   Perianal and perineal management
11.30 - 12.00   Coffee

Session 3:   Extraintestinal manifestations and complications of treatment of IBD:             
12.00 - 13.00   Dermatology -  case presentation                              
                            Oral manifestations – case presentation                              
                            Liver – case presentation
13.00 - 14.00   Lunch

Session 4:   Emerging therapies
14.00 - 14.30   What about faecal transplant Doctor?
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   Genomics ? play a role yet in prognosis/treatment and/or cancer risk
15.30 - 16.00   Coffee  Break

Session 5:   Following Guidelines: Interactive case management                   
16.00 - 18.00   Faculty to present cases x 4                                       

Networking and dinner

Day 03 - Saturday, November 27

Session 6: Interactive case presentation by delegates
08.30 - 10.30   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   How to build a multidisciplinary IBD clinic
11.30 - 12.00   What impact has our psychologist had in our patients with IBD
12.00 - 12.30   Setting up research: clinical and translational
12.30 - 13.00   Getting involved in national and international organisation
13.00                 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 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