7th IBD Masterclass

November 24 - 26 2022
Helsinki, Finland

General Information

The ESPGHAN IBD Porto Group and the Local Organising Committee are delighted to announce the 7th Paediatric IBD Masterclass to take place in Helsinki, Finland from November 24 - 26 2022.

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.

This school is supported by the ESPGHAN Education Partner Programme.

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 Deadline: July 30
Registration fees:
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 - November 24

15.30 – 16.00. Registration and Coffee

16.00 -18.00. Session 1. Genetic and environmental factors in PIBD:

16.00 – 16.30. Genetics and clinical manifestation of PIBD (D. Wilson)

16.40 – 17.10. Environmental factors (including diet) as potential triggers for PIBD (R. Russell)

17.20 – 17.50. Understanding the gut microbiome in PIBD and potential approaches to its correction (E. Wine)

19.00. Welcome Dinner

Day 02 - November 25

09.00 – 12.00. Session 2. Diagnostics, clinical manifestation and course of PIBD

09.00 – 09.30. Current diagnostics of IBD in children: the role of non-invasive tests, endoscopy, histopathology and visualization. (I. Hojsak)

09.30 – 10.00. VEO-IBD: genetics, clinical manifestations and treatment. (J. van Limbergen)

10.00 – 10.30. Predictors of severe course of IBD. (J. Martin de Carpi)

10.30 – 11.00. Extraintestinal manifestations and resultant choices for IBD management. (K.L. Kolho)

11.00 – 11.30. Coffee Break

11.30 -13.00. Session 3.  Crohn’s disease: current management.

11.30 – 12.00. Established and emerging dietary treatments for Crohn´s disease. (TBA)

12.00 – 12.30. Current surgical and therapeutic approach to complicated Crohn´s disease. (A. Lepistö)

12.30 – 13.00. Perianal Crohn’s disease. (D. Wilson)

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch

14.00. – 15.30. Session 5. Case presentations by faculty (small groups)

Three rotational cases will be discussed in small groups with 2 members of faculty in each group.

15.30 – 16.00. Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.45 Current and future biological treatment. (L. de Ridder)

16.45 - 17.00 Questions

18.00 - 22.00. Dinner 

Day 03 - November 26

09.00 – 10.30. Session 6. Case presentations by delegates

10.30 – 11.00. Coffee Break

11.00 – 13.00. Session 7. Challenges in management

11.00 – 11.30. Anti-TNF in PIBD : tips for optimal usage. (L. de Ridder)

11.30 – 12.00. What you need to know about liver and IBD. (E. Wine)

12.00 – 12.30. Non-biological treatments of PIBD. (I. Hojsak)

12.30 – 13.00. Unanswered questions - panel discussion (R. Russell, K.l: Kolho, E. Wine)

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will cover the following for international onsite 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 250. 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