Motility Winter School

December 07 - 10, 2022

General Information

This activity was formerly called "Motility Summer School"

This is the first Motility School offered by ESPGHAN.
Gastrointestinal motility disorders and investigations are rarely a part of paediatric GI training and some investigations and equipment is available only in few centres worldwide.
We have previously organized a hands-on course for motility investigations, which has received very good opinions and enjoyed a great interest. We feel that there is a strong need to share knowledge and experience in this area of paediatric gastroenterology. 
GI motility is an ever developing area for diagnostics and research, with brand new tools becoming available for patients and professionals just in the last few years - the cine MRI to assess the upper and lower intestine motility or the Swallow Gateway - an online application for analysis of high resolution manometry to diagnose dysphagia, or the EndoFLIP for oesophageal disorders, to mention just a few as an example. 

This school is supported by the ESPGHAN Education Partner Programme.
Our team at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, in the division of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, together with our expert colleagues from other centres worldwide, have prepared a bespoke program, incorporating the most up to date knowledge about the diverse motility investigations, including the practical aspects of the most common and available studies for upper and lower gastrointestinal motility assessment.

COVID-19 Information

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


Application & Fees

Application Deadline: October 10, 2022
Registration fee: EUR 120.00

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@espghan. You will be asked to submit a short CV and abstract which may get selected for presentation in the school. 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. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
Language : English
Abstract word count : maximum 400
Title length: inclusive in total word count
Tables : maximum 2
Figure maximum 1
Details of authors: presenters name to be included and underlined
Number of coauthors : no restriction
Who can present : no restriction; any of the co-authors can present but should be registered for the conference and have paid the registration fee. Presenters should have a medical / allied health professional background
What can be submitted: case report or original work
Trial design abstract may be considered at the discretion of the abstract selection committee
Presentation: oral 


Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - December 07 - Welcome, taster, Swallow gateway, state of the art talk

13:00 - 14:00      Arrival, registration and accommodation              

15:00 - 15:30      Welcome / Course organisation                                                                                                                                            

15:30 - 16:15      Taster - Neurogastroenterology breakthroughs in the last decade (N. Thapar)

16:30 - 17:15      Current approach to a child with dysphagia (M. van Wijk)

17:30 - 18:30     Clinical and videofluoroscopic evaluation of swallowing disorders (A. Steward)

18:45 - 19:30      State of the Art Talk (O. Borrelli)

20:00 - 23:00      Networking & Dinner 

Day 02 - December 08 - Upper GI motility

8:30 - 11:00         Upper GI dysmotility - oesophagus (chair: M. Benninga)              

08:30 - 09:00      Gastroesophageal reflux disease - the old and the new in pathophysiology, diagnosis and   management (M. van Wijk)

09:00 – 09:45     Oesophageal motility disorders - Chicago Classification v4.0 (K. Nikaki)

09:45 - 10:15      Esophageal achalasia - optimising diagnosis and treatment (A. Rybak)

10:15 - 10:30      Discussion (Faculty and delegates)

10:30 - 11:00      Coffee break     

11:00 – 13:30     Upper GI dysmotility – Stomach and small bowel (Chair: M. van Wijk)

11:00 - 11:30      Gastroparesis – advances in diagnosis and treatment  (O. Borrelli)

12:00. -12:30      Pediatric pseudo-obstruction syndrome PIPO – pathophysiology and current knowledge
                             (N. Thapar)

12:30 - 13:00      Cyclic vomiting syndrome – review of treatment options  (K. Lindley)

13:00 - 14:00      Lunch   

14:00 - 18:00      Practical session (pH-impedance/oesophageal manometry/ADM)                                  Faculty and delegates

14:00 - 14:30      PH-impedance - On-screen analysis of 2 cases with presentation and discussion 
                             (M. van Wijk)

14:30 – 15:00     Esophageal manometry – practical approach (K. Nikaki)

15:00 – 15:30     Antro-duodenal manometry - indications, utility, practicalities (A. Rybak)

15:30 – 18:00     Hands-on session:

ROOM 1 – pH-impedance (K. Nikaki /A. Rybak)

ROOM 2 – oesophageal manometry (K. Lindley/ M. van Wijk)

ROOM 3 – ADM (O. Borrelli/N. Thapar)

20:00 – 23:00                     Dinner  

Day 03 December 09 - Lower GI motility

8:30-10:00           Lower GI dysmotility - colon (chair: O. Borrelli)

08:30 - 09:15      Functional constipation – the basics and the practicalities (M. Benninga)

09:30 - 10:15      Hirschsprung disease – diagnosis and post-surgical management (N. Thapar)

10:15 - 10:30      Discussion (Faculty and delegates)

10:30 - 11:00      Coffee break     

11:00 - 12:30      Lower GI dysmotility – Colon and anorectal disorders (chair: K. Nikaki) 

11:00 - 11:45      Biofeedback therapy for anorectal disorders (M. Benninga)     

11:45 - 12:30      Allergy and motility disorders (O. Borrelli)                                         

12:30 - 13:00      Discussion (Faculty and delegates)

13:00 - 14:00      Lunch   

14:00 - 18:00      Hands-on session

14:00 – 14:30     Introduction to ARM (M. van Wijk/M Benninga)

14:30 - 15:00      Assessment of colonic transit and function (A. Rybak)

15:00 – 18:00:    Hands-on session:

ROOM 1: transit x-rays/colonic manometry (O. Borrelli/N. Thapar)

ROOM 2: ano-rectal manometry (M. van Wijk/M. Benninga)

19:30 - 23:00      Farewell Dinner

Day 04 - December 10 - Abstracts from participants; Novelties in motility.

09:00 - 11:30      Delegates presentations (12 abstracts) (Chair: A. Rybak/M. van Wijk)  Delegates

11:30 - 12:00      Coffee break     

12:00 - 13:30      Delegates presentations (11 abstracts) (Chair: M. Benninga/K. Nikaki)  Delegates

13:30 - 14:00      Novelties in paediatric motility (ENDOflip, Motility MRI, etc.)  K. Lindley

14:00-14:30         Summary and farewell                  


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


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

Application is now closed