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.

Registration & Fees

Registration will open in early 2021.

Registration  Deadline: TBC
Registration fee: EUR 100.00

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 a supporting letter from a Full ESPGHAN member and an abstract that may be selected for presentation during the course. Abstracts may have been submitted to other public meetings previously.

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.


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Thursday, 29 July

08:30 - 09:00   Registration & Coffee
09:00 - 09:10   Welcome
09:10 - 09:45   Clinical and epidemiological features of the Covid-19 pandemic
09:20 - 09:55   SARS-CoV2 - diagnostic challenges
09:55 - 10:25   From bench to beside in COVID-19 –from endoscopy to IBD patients
10:15 - 10:45  Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:15  How to discriminate the good from the bad papers in times of Covid-19
11:15 - 11:35  Cutting edge technology to tackle SARS-CoV2 - from nano-pore sequencing to                                 organoids
11:35 - 12:00  Transfection/Expression systems from AAV vector systems to CRISPR/Cas9
12:00 - 12:30   Questions - Discussions
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 14:05   Developing research questions based on clinical observations
14:05 - 14:40   From hypothesis to a project in realisation
14:40 - 15:00   Preparation of Afternoon break out session  
Delegates will be divided in 5 groups (n=5 delegates (total of n=25))
Definition and addressing of the most urgent question in specific areas of Covid 19 associated topics. 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 question that needs to be addressed. Development of a project plan.


20:00 Dinner

Day 02 - Friday, July 30

08:30 - 09:00   Coffee
09:00 - 09:30   Possible impact of Covid-19 pandemic on research in paediatric gastroenterology 
09:30 - 10:00   Coffee Break
10:15 - 12:30   Science - Dragon's Den
12:30 - 12:45   Feedback from Delegates
12:45 - 13:15   Closing Remarks and Summary 

13:15                Lunch


coming soon.

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