Masterclass in GI Immunology

November 17 - 19, 2022

General Information

The intestine is the largest immunological organ in the body. Disorders related to immune dysfunction, such coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and allergy/eosinophilic disorders are common in the Paediatric Gastroenterology practice.
For Paediatric Gastroenterologists however there is a lack of educational activities concerning the immunologic mechanisms of these diseases.
The aim of this Master Class is to fill up this gap of knowledge, and  help clinicians to better understand the aetiology and treatments. The program will be interactive and informal. After the great success of the 1st Masterclass in 2017 that was held in Leiden, we are now proud to organise the 2nd Masterclass in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

This school is supported by the ESPGHAN Education Partner Programme.

COVID-19 Information

This school is planned for onsite participation only. We will be carefully monitoring the situation in Israel and Europe as well as national COVID-19 regulations. ESPGHAN reserves the right to postpone/cancel the course or change its current format if deemed necessary to protect the health of our delegates, faculty and staff.

For more information please contact the ESPGHAN Office.


Registration & Fees

Registration will open in June 2022
Registration Deadline: TBC

Registration fee: EUR 100.00
A standard fee of EUR 100 will apply to attend the course.

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Registrations submitted by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the tool, please contact us at office@espghan. Registrations will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. ESPGHAN keeps the right to close registration before the above stated deadline if capacities are reached.

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


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - November 17

16.00-16.45    Arrival and Registration


16.45-17.00    Welcome 

17:00 - 17:15  Welcome and Overview, Organising Committee 

Session 1:        The Gastrointestinal (GI) System: Function and Immunology

17.15-17.30     Quiz 
17.30-17.50     GI Immune Cells and Tissues 
17.50-18.10     GI Immune system and Microbiome (to be confirmed)

19.00                Dinner at INNTEL Hotel Rotterdam

Day 02 - November 18

Session 2:        The Basics and the Clinic 1
08.30-09.00     The Innate GI Immune Response (Valentina Discepolo)

09.00-09.30     The Adaptative GI Immune Response (Vincent van Unen)

09.30-09.50     Clinical Case

09.50-10.15     Coffee break

Session 3:        The Basics and The Clinic 2
10.15-10.45     The Immunology of IBD (Manon Wildenberg

10.45-11.00     Clinical Case

11.00-11.30     The Immunology of Coeliac Disease (Frits Koning)
11.30-11.45     Clinical Case

11.45-12.15     Genetic aspects of Gastrointestinal disease (Iris Jonkers)

12:30-13.30    Lunch

Session 4:     The Basics and The Clinic 3
13.30-14.00     Epigenetics aspects Gastrointestinal disease (Claartje Meddens)

14.00-15.30     Clinical carrousel with 3 stations (2 experts per station, 25 minutes per round)

15.30-16.00    Tea break

Session 5:        BREAK OUT to from lab to clinic or vice versa (2 groups)

16.00-17.00     station with laboratory setting with demonstration of lab immunology techniques

17.00-18.00     group tour to Children’s Hospital, medical faculty, library

Group 2 (clinic to lab):

16.00-17.00     group tour to Children’s Hospital, medical faculty, library

17.00-18.00     station with laboratory setting with demonstration of lab immunology techniques


19.00-20.30     Social Event – Rotterdam
20.30                Dinner in Rotterdam City

Day 03 - November 19

Session 6:        New and Future Developments 1


09.00-09.30    Immunosuppression and immunomodulation in IBD 

09.30-09.45     Clinical case

09.45-10.15    Eosinophilic disorders

10.15-10.30     Clinical case

10.30-11.00    Coffee break

Session 7:        New and Future Developments 2

Chair: Luisa Mearin

11.00-11.15    New and Future in IBD 
11.15-11.30    Case presentation or Pitch your project 1: by delegate

11.30-11.45    New and Future in Coeliac Disease

11.45-12.00     Case presentation or Pitch your project 2: by delegate

12.00-12.15    Case presentation or Pitch your project 3: by delegate

12.15-12.30    Case presentation or Pitch your project 4: by delegate
12.30-12.45     Quiz
12.45-13.00     Summary and Closing Remarks 

13.15                Lunch and departure

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


Registration will open in June 2022.