Monothematic Conference on Pancreatitis in Children

September 28 - 29, 2023

General Information

General Information

Knowledge and interest for peadiatric pancreatic diseases has grown significantly over the last few years. Howver, the diagnosis and management of pancreatitic diseases remains complex in clinical practice. Over the last 10 years, criteria for diagnosing and management guidelines for peadiatric pancreatitis has been developedto help both, clinician and researcher in their efforts to further study pancreatitic diseases in children.

This course aims at an audience of medical professionals who eitehr wish to develop expertise or have a current interest int he diagnosis and management of pancreatitis in children. It will provdie an update on epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and current and future therapies of these disorders.
The meeting will combine keynote talks from international experts, clinical case presentations by the attendants and small quiz to acieve maximum interaction.

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

Application & Fees

Application will open in mid-May 2023.
Participation fees:

ESPGHAN Members (incl. Young ESPGHAN): EUR 150.00
Non-Members Trainees: EUR 150.00
Non-Members Other: EUR 200.00

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. 

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 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. 

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 - September 28 2023

12.00-13.20            Walking lunch (delegate arrival)

13.20                       Welcome & Introduction

13.40-14.00            Pathophysiology of the normal pancreas

14.00-15.00            Etiologies in acute, acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis

Chairs: Frank Bodewes & Etna Masip

14.00-14.20            Genetic and infectious/toxic/metabolic etiologies  
14.20-14.40            Auto-immune pancreatitis one disease or a disease spectrum?

14.40-15.00            Interactive case discussion (participants)

15.00-15.20            Coffee Break
15.20-16.20            Management of AP-AR P and CP

Chairs: Michael Wilschanski & Isabelle Scheers
15.20-15.40            Pain management in CP
15.40-16:00            New medical therapies in ARP and CP

16.00-16.20             Exocrine malfunction

16.20-17.00            Difficult clinical cases – interactive discussion<

16.20                        Interactive case discussion (participants)

16.40                         Interactive case discussion (participants)            

17.00-17.20             From bed to bench to bed, novelties in pediatric pancreatic research

18.45                        Dinner

Day 02 - September 29 2023

08.30-09.00        Top abstract presentation(s)


09.00-10.30        Management of pancreatitis in childhood                                           

Chairs: Frank Bodewes & Isabelle Scheers

09.00-9.30           How do I manage my patient during the acute phase? 

09.30-10.00        The role of endoscopy (ERCP/EUS) in the management of pediatric pancreatic diseases

10.00-10.30         Place of surgery in CP patients –what we can learn from the surgeons 

10.30-11.00         Coffee Break


11.00-12.00        Imaging of the normal and diseased pancreas

Chairs: Andrea Parniczky & Michael Wilschanski

11.00-11.30         Pancreas development and common variants  

11.30-12.00         Imaging techniques and common findings in pancreatic disease

12.00-12.30         The diseased pancreas imaging – interactive quiz              

12.30-13.00         Interactive case discussion (participants)

13.00                    Closing Remarks

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will cover the following for international delegates:

  • up to 1 night accommodation in a pre-arranged hotel (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • pre-arranged dinners and socials
  • catering throughout the course
  • congress material

Covid-19 Information

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


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