Necrotising enterocolitis: state-of-the-art research and clinical management in preterm infants

November 16 - 17 2023

General Information

General Information

Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a major cause of death and serious disability in preterm infants and understanding is relevant to all NICU practitioners, as well as gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and a range of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) especially dieticians and pharmacists. Whilst NEC only affects 5-10% of very preterm infants, the fear of NEC dominates decision making on a day to day basis on the NICU. The risk of NEC is affected by and impacts on feeding rate, milk type including the use of donor human milk, the use of fortifiers or supplements including breast milk fortifiers, and other interventions such as probiotics. 

In the short term, up to 50% of infants with NEC require surgery, of whom half may not survive.
In the longer term, NEC may result in short gut requiring prolonged use of parenteral nutrition, some of which may be provided at home. NEC has major impacts on brain development affecting long-term cognitive outcome and is likely to have a large impact on quality of life over the life-course. In recent years there has been an increase in research aimed at early prediction (using microbiomic, metabolomic and other predictors) and prophylaxis using for example probiotics or other immunonutrients.

This online conference will compromise a faculty consisting of scientific and clinical experts in the prevention, diagnosis, prediction, and management of NEC as well as parents to talk about their experiences. The faculty will be international and include recognised experts in their fields. The presentations will consist of state-of-the-art lectures covering the basic science of underlying mechanisms, along with clinical aspects of prevention and management.

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

Registration & Fees

Application will open in July 2023.
Participation Fees:
ESPGHAN Members: EUR 200.00
Non-Members: EUR 250
Online only: EUR 100.00

The participation fee needs to be paid upon receipt of the respective invoice.

Kindly use the online application form on this page. Application by email cannot be accepted. If you experience any issues with the online tool, please contact 

ESPGHAN Members may attend two courses per year and non-members may attend one course before becoming members of the society. 

The course language is English.


A detailed programme for this course will be available in early 2023.

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.


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 July 2023. Please monitor this webpage for updates.