Functional GI Disorders

Advances and controversies in the management of the pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders

Chair: Prof. Claudio Romano, Messina, Italy

General Information

General Information

Functional gastrointestinal disorders continue to be a prevalent set of conditions faced by the healthcare team and have a significant medical, emotional and economic impact. The Rome Pediatric Working Group on Functional GI Disorders, since 2006, has tried to make the criteria more useful for both clinician and researcher, facilitating efforts to make an accurate and definitive diagnosis This course is aimed at a audience of medical professionals who either wish to develop expertise, or have a current interest, in the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders in children. It will provide an update on epidemiology, pathogenesis, service development issues, and current and future therapies of these disorders. The meeting will combine keynote talks from international experts, clinical cases presentations and works in small groups to achieve maximum interaction.


COVID-19 has proven challenging in the organization of onsite courses in the past year. ESPGHAN remains dedicated to the realization of our educational programme without compromising the health of our delegates.
As the number of participants is a critical part in the planning and realization of our schools, we encourage all interested HCPs to apply. If the situation does not allow for the responsible realization of onsite participation, your application will be valid for virtual participation. Registration fees will be reimbursed or adapted accordingly. For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office.


Preliminary Programme

Day 1 - Thursday, July 08

Session 1. Epidemiology and clinical patterns of FGIDs

Moderators: Yvan Vandenplas (Bruxelles, Belgium) and Annamaria Staiano (Napoli, Italy) 

14.30-15.00 What is a case of FGID? (Silvia Salvatore,Varese, Italy)
15.00-15.30 Comparability of prevalence and incidence rates  (Sanja Kolacek, Zagreb, Croatia)
15.30-16.00 Feeding and eating problems (Claudio Romano, Messina, Italy)
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-17.00 Abstracts/interactive case
17.00-17.30 Infant Rumination Syndrome (Erasmo Miele, Napoli, Italy) 
17.30-18.00 Colic and defecation problems in infants (Caterina Strisciuglio, Napoli, Italy) 

Day 02 - Friday, July 09

Session 2. New Insights into pathogenesis of FGIDs 

Moderators:  Edoardo Savarino (Padova) and Silvia Salvatore (Varese)

09.00-09.30 The microbiota-gut-brain axis (Michiel van Wijk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
09.30-10.00 Autonomic nervous system involvement in pediatric IBS (Iva Hojsak, Zagreb, Croatia)
10.00-10.30 Neuroimmune factors (Edoardo Savarino, Padova, Italy)
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-11.30 Abstracts/Clinical Cases
11.30-12.00 Somatic and neuropsychiatric comorbidities (Iva Hojsak, Zagreb, Croatia) 
12.00-12:30 Post-infection FGIDs (Osvaldo Borrelli, London, UK) 
12.30-13.30 Lunch

Session 3. Dietary and pharmacological treatment of abdominal pain in IBS

Moderators: Sanja Kolacek  (Zagreb) and Osvaldo Borrelli (London) 

13.30-14.00 Dietary and lifestyle modifications (Annamaria Staiano, Napoli, Italy)
14.00-14.15 Prebiotics/probiotics/synbiotics (Yvan Vandenplas, Bruxelles, Belgium)  
14.15-14.45 The Gluten-Free Diet: Use in FGIDs  management (Riccardo Troncone, Napoli, Italy) 
14:45-15:15 Abstracts/Clinical Cases
15.15-15.45 Coffee Break
15.45-16.15 Multi-dimensional Clinical Profile (MDCP) (Michiel van Wijk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
16.15-16.45 Lessons learned from adults (Edoardo Savarino, Padova, Italy)
16.45-17.15 Functional Aerophagia : a atypical disorder (Claudio Romano, Messina, Italy)

Day 03 - Saturday, July 10

Session 4. Functional defecation disorders

Moderators:  Claudio Romano (Messina, Italy) and Erasmo Miele (Napoli, Italy) 

09.00 – 09.30 Colonic and anorectal factors (Osvaldo Borrelli, London, UK)
09.30 – 10.00 Abstracts/Clinical Cases
09.45 – 10.15 Additional Diagnostic Testing (Licia Pensabene, Catanzaro, Italy) 
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.30 Old and New pharmacological interventions (Yvan Vandenplas, Bruxelles, Belgium)  
11.30 – 12.00 Summary and closing remarks 


Annamaria Staiano (Napoli, Italy)
Osvaldo Borrelli (London, UK) 
Silvia Salvatore (Varese, Italy)
Claudio Romano (Messina, Italy) 
Sanja Kolacek  (Zagreb, Croatia)
Edoardo Savarino (Padova, Italy) 
Licia Pensabene (Catanzaro, Italy) 
Riccardo Troncone (Napoli, Italy) 
Caterina Strisciulglio (Napoli, Italy)
Iva Hojsak (Zagreb, Croatia) 
Yvan Vandenplas (Bruxelles, Belgium) 
Michiel van Wijk (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) 
Erasmo Miele (Napoli, Italy)

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