Hepatology Summer School

October 04 – 07, 2023

General Information

General Information

The 2023 ESPGHAN Hepatology Summer School is aimed at young and experienced doctors working in clinical pediatric hepatology. The Hepatology Summer School is designed to:

  • providing knowledge and practical discussion in an interactive environment
  • offer unique opportunities to learn from and interact with an expert faculty from various European centres, as well as participants from around the world
  • give delegates the opportunity to present their work and/or research and receive feedback from the faculty.

After the Summer School, participants will have improved their approach and management of young children with liver disease.

The course language is English.
This school is supported by the ESPGHAN Education Partner Programme.


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - October 04, 2023

12.00- 14.00       Arrival & Lunch

14.00-14.30        Welcome, Introduction of faculty and delegates Hepcom Chair and local organizers

Session 1: Basics in paediatric hepatology
Chair: Emer Fitzpatrick

14.30-15.00         Liver function tests
15.00-15.30         Imaging of the liver
15.30-16.00         Basics in liver pathology 
16.00-16.15        Coffee break

Session 2. The jaundiced neonate and infant
Chair: Aglaia Zellos
16.15-17.00         Neonatal cholestasis: approach and differential diagnosis

Session 3. Case presentations (each case 5-10’ presentation plus discussion - 20’ maximum per case)
Chair: Marianne Samyn
17.00-18.00        (3 Cases)
18.00-18.30        Questions and answers

20.00 Welcome Dinner

Day 02 - October 05 2023

Session 4. Genetic diseases of the liver 

08.30-09.00        Genetic cholestasis 
09.00-09.30       Using clinical genomics to unravel liver phenotypes (liver disease other than cholestasis)        

Session 5. Metabolic liver disease, infections and autoimmunity
Chair: Tudor Pop

9.30-10.00           Differential diagnosis of fatty liver disease
10.00-10.30         Coffee break
10.30-11.00         Autoimmune hepatitis and sclerosing cholangitis
11.00-11.30         Chronic viral hepatitis 

Session 5. Acute liver failure
Chair: Norman Junge
11.30-12.00        Acute liver failure: differential diagnosis and management 

Session 6. Case presentations
Chair: Emer Fitzpatrick

12.00-13.00      (3 Cases)

13.00-14.30         Lunch

Session 7. Working in groups

14.30-16.00        Candidates split into working groups. Facilitators briefly present a single case and discuss it with candidates (pathologist and radiologist joining the discussion)

Group 1: biliary atresia 
Group 2: primary sclerosing cholangitis 
Group 3: PFIC 
Group 4: acute liver failure 
Group 5: autoimmune hepatitis 

16.00-16.30         Coffee break

16.30-18.00         Candidates collects input from the faculty and draft a case presentation highlighting clinical aspects, differential diagnosis, hot research topics, proposal for a collaborative study to be presented on Saturday morning

19.00     Dinner

Day 03 - October 06 2023

Session 7. Complications of chronic liver disease, nutrition
Chair: Marianne Samyn

08.30-09.00           Portal hypertension
09.00-9.30             Surgical management of portal hypertension                                             
09.30-10.00           Cardiopulmonary complications and liver tumors
10.00-10.30           Coffee break

10.30-11.30         Case presentations (3 cases)
Chair: Xavier Stephenne

Session 8. Ask the expert session
Chair: Emanuele Nicastro

11.30-12.00         Ask the expert: how do you manage end-stage liver disease? 
12.00-12.30         Ask the expert: nutrition in children with chronic liver disease
12.30-13.00         Ask the expert: how do you transfer a child to the adult care? 
13.00-14.00         Lunch

Session 9.            Liver transplantation 
Chair: TBC
14.00-14.30         When to refer a child for liver transplantation? 
14.30-15.00         Surgical aspects of liver transplantation
15.00-15.30        Medical management following liver transplantation   
15.30-16.00        Questions and answers

16.30 - networking and dinner


Day 04 October 07 2023

Session 10. Group discussion
09.00-10.40                        Reports and discussion of the working groups (20 minutes for each group)
10.40-11.00                         Coffee break

Session 11. Conclusion and remarks
11.00-11.30                        What is hot in Paediatric Hepatology
11.30-12.00                        Current activity of Hepcom, closing remarks, farewell                                       


Application will open in June 2023.
Participation fees:
ESPGHAN Members: EUR 200.00
Non-Members: 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@espghanCandidates will be selected based on a motivation letter and CV. Selected delagtes will later be asked to submit 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.
ESPGHAN Members may attend two courses per year and non-members may attend one course before becoming members of the society. 


Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 3 nights (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • Pre-arranged dinners and social programme  
  • Catering throughout the course   
  • Course Material 



This school is planned for onsite participation only. We will be carefully monitoring the situation in Italy 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.


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


Application will open in June 2023. Please monitor this webpage for updates.