Basic and Translational Research School

General Information

General Information

In this 3rd edition of the Basic and Translational Research the aim is to focus on basic and translational research in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The aim of the meeting is:
(1) to discuss changes in clinical management based on  - mostly non-peer-reviewed – clinical research and to discuss its implications
(2) to assess and critically review the current knowledge on Covid19 in paediatric patients, specifically focusing on children with chronic disease such as IBD
(3) to learn how to identify scientific questions, how to choose the appropriate methods and how to execute the project using Covid-19 as an example

Based on this thematic, we aim to provide a platform for motivated individuals to meet, connect and receive guidance from an experienced international faculty.
The course language is English.

Covid - 19 Information

COVID-19 has proven challenging in the organisation of onsite courses in the past year. ESPGHAN remains dedicated to the realisation of our educational programme without compromising the health of our delegates.
We are carefully monitoring the developments and follow the recommendations and information provided by the national Health Authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Preparations for an onsite course are proceeding as planned at this point. Applicants will be updated on any potential changes to the format of the school. 

If the situation does not allow for the responsible realisation of onsite participation, your application will be valid for virtual participation and registration fees will be reimbursed or adapted accordingly. 

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office (


Registration & Fees

Applications are currently open

Application deadline : 17.05.2021

Applicants will be required to upload:

  • a current CV
  • a brief motivational statement including area of research interest
  • a support letter from an ESPGHAN member (any type) in good standing

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@espghan

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

Registration fee: EUR 100.00



Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Wednesday, 28 July

Arrival of faculty and delegates 
17:00h Welcome reception at Kloster Haydau followed by a visit of the cloister and a walk through the local forest
Delegate dinner in the local area (delegates choice – not organised) 


Day 02 - Thursday, 29 July

Morning Session 

8:00- 8:30 Registration and Coffee 
8:30-8:45 Welcome (A. Jenke) 
8:45-9:15 Clinical and epidemiological features of the Covid-19 pandemic (M. Gasparetto) 
9:15-9:45 SARS-CoV2 - diagnostic challenges (R. Elling) 
9:45-10:15 Challenges in clinical gastroenterology during the Covid-19 pandemic (R. Melchior)
10:15-10:45 Coffee break 
10:45-11:15 How to discriminate the good from the bad papers in times of Covid-19 (M. Zilbauer) 
11:15-11:45 Cutting edge technology to tackle SARS-CoV2 - from nano-pore sequencing to organoids (J. Mann) 
11:45-12:15 Transfection/Expression systems from AAV vector systems to CRISPR/Cas9  (F. Kreppel) 
12:15-12:30 Questions – Discussions (All faculty) 
12:30-13:30 Lunch 
13:30-14:05 Developing research questions based on clinical observations (A.Jenke)
14:05-14:40 From hypothesis to a project in realisation (G. Trauernicht)
14:40-15:00 Preparation of Afternoon break out session (A.Jenke)
Afternoon break out session 

Delegates will be divided in 5 groups (n=5 delegates (total of n=25))
14:30 – 17:30 Using lessons from Covid-19 in gastrointestinal research (including a 15 minutes coffee break)
Description: A global focus on Covid 19 has led rapid advances across a range of associated fields, spanning epidemiology, clinical trials, translational science, and genomics. As we move into the second year of the global pandemic we should consolidate our learning to date and reflect on what novel aspects can be implemented in future projects. The aim of the working groups:

  • Assessment of the current state of knowledge based on the current scientific evidence. The literature should be critically questioned.
  • Definition of the most important gastrointestinal-related question that needs to be addressed using techniques/learning from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Development of a project plan.

The developed project needs to be prepared for presentation in the ‘Science Dragon Den’. Briefly, in the Dragon’s Den, the group will have to convince dragons to fund their research project. They will be given 10-15 minutes presentation time followed by questions from the dragons. The group are allowed to modify the abstract (e.g. change methodologies, patient cohort etc) if they feel that this improves the quality of the project. 
The aim is to critically assess research projects and prepare for funding and/or publication. The Dragon’s den session will be held on Friday. 

  1. Epidemiology of paediatric GI diseases    
  2. Viral pathophysiology    
  3. Novel diagnostic systems
  4. Role of ACE-System(teleconference)
  5. Novel diagnostic systems

Evening:  Dinner in historical College Dining Hall


Day 03 - Friday, July 30

8:30-9:00 Coffee  
9:00-9:35 Possible impact of Covid-19 pandemic on research in paediatric gastroenterology (J. de la Folie) 
9:35-10:10 Handling large data set from the perspective of the biostatistician (J.Postberg) 
10:00-10:25 Coffee break 
10:25-12:45 Science – Dragon’s Den (Delegates and all Faculty) 
12:45-13:00 Feedback from delegates 
13:00 Concluding remarks and summary (A. Jenke) 
13:15 Lunch and departure 


Prof Andreas Jenke - Local organizer

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   
  • Travel Refund up to EUR 100.00
  • Course Material 


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