Coeliac Disease Masterclass

General Information

Coeliac disease (CeD) continues to be an exciting field of research, combining clinics, epidemiology, immunology and genetics. CD is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal disorders in children, affecting 1% of the general population. It is estimated that, only in the EU, there are more than 5.000.000 affected. Every paediatric gastroenterologist will have patients with CeD and this master class will contribute to the improvement of the health care of this big group of patients.
The first master class took place in Valencia, Spain, in 2018 and was hugely successful. The second Master Class will focus on new facets which have been added to the knowledge of CeD since then and include discussions of outstanding questions and presentation of challenging clinical cases by the participants.
The course language is English.

Location: Nyborg, Denmark

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.
As the number of participants is a critical part in the planning and realisation of our schools, we encourage all interested HCPs to apply. If the situation does not allow for the responsible realisation of onsite participation, your application will be valid for virtual participation. Registration fees will be reimbursed or adapted accordingly. 

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

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office.

Registration & Fees

Application Deadline: July 15 2021
Registration fee: EUR 250.00

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@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.


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Thursday, September 02

15.00-15.45   Arrival and Registration
15.45-16.00   Welcome and overview

Session 1. Coeliac disease: Epidemiology and Clinical aspects
16.00-16.30 Coeliac disease across the world 
16.30-17.00 Clinical manifestations in childhood and adolescents 
17.00-17.30 Risk factors for coeliac disease 
17.30-18.00 Associated diseases coeliac disease  

19.00 Dinner

Day 02 - Friday, September 03

Session 2. Immunology and genetics  
08.30-09.00   Immunologic responses in coeliac disease   
09.00-09.30   Genetics of coeliac disease I: The HLA system
09.30-10.00   Genetics of coeliac disease II: non-HLA genes   
10.00-10.30   Coffee break  

Session 3. Immunology and Pathogenesis
10.30-11.00   The role of gluten in coeliac disease pathogenesis
11.00-11.30   Microbiota in coeliac disease development
11.30-12.00   Can coeliac disease be prevented?   
12.00-13.00   Lunch  

Session 4. Diagnosis.
13.00-13.30 ESPGHAN Diagnostic criteria 
13:30-14:00 Pitfalls in biopsy read out in coeliac disease 
14:00-14:30 Efficiency of antibodies for coeliac disease diagnosis 
14.30-15.00 Extra
15.00-15.30 Tea break

Session 5 Challenging Clinical Cases  (presented by participants)  
15.30-16.00   Clinical case 1
16.00-16.30   Clinical case 2  
16.30-17.00   Clinical case 3

Session 6 Hand outs  
17.00- 18.00   Practical session on TTG deposits   
18.00-19.00    Demonstration of rapid POC tests for TGA-IgA

19.00-20.00   Networking
20.00             Dinner

Day 03 - Saturday, September 04

Session 7 Treatment and follow-up  
08.30 - 09.00   The gluten-free diet 
09.00 - 09.30   Follow-up in children with coeliac disease: an ESPGHAN  position paper
09.30 - 10.00   New tools for dietary compliance assessment
10.00 - 10.30   Assessment of Quality of life: lux or necessity?
10.30 - 11.00   Coffee break  

Session 8 Latest challenging topics  
11.00  -11.30   Potential CD
11.30 - 12.00   Non-celiac gluten sensitivity
12.00 - 12.30   CD as a model for autoimmunity
12.30 - 13.00   Therapies beyond the gluten-free diet
13.00 - 13.05   Closure and Farewell  

13.10               Lunch and departure


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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   
  • Course Material 


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