Young Investigator Forum

September/October 2023 (Date TBD)

General Information

General Information

The ESPGHAN young investigators forum (YIF) has been an integral part of the society for the last 24 years.  The meeting was established to nurture academic development in the society and foster collaborations amongst the emerging generations of academics and clinicians. Over the years YIF has seen so many of the delegates come through to become established academics and clinicians as well as develop friendships and successful collaborations across Europe.  

The Aims of the ESPGHAN Young Investgator Forum are:   

- to provide young investigators with a friendly and constructive atmosphere in order to present their  research and learn from each other.
 - to meet and network with senior faculty members and to set up research collaboration in Europe.  
-  to enable young investigators to contribute to the scientific development of ESPGHAN  

The course language is English.

Application & Fees

Application will open in May/June 2023.

This course is free of charge.

Applicants will be required to upload the following documents - please also refer to the specfic requirements further detailed below:

  • CV
  • scientific abstract
  • letter of support from ESPGHAN member in good standing (any type) 

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their abstracts, which are reviewed and scored independently by the faculty.  

Specific requirements: 

Definition of Young Investigator: Active clinical or laboratory based researcher, ideally less than 10 years working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.  Delegates may not attend more than one forum.
Delegates: the forum is aimed at young investigators who are developing their research career and are committed to working in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and/or nutrition in Europe. It is not aimed at experienced researchers who are already principal investigators with grant funding, or at workers who are intent on a career outside of Europe.
Abstract: the abstract should be divided into Background/Aims, Methods, Results, Summary/Conclusions. It is important that the abstract includes data from your research activity and doesn’t describe plans for the future without any actual data. Single case reports are less likely to be successful unless they have an important message of wide relevance.
Letter of Support: the ESPGHAN member who is supporting you should give some information about your current situation and your state of training.
CV: this should be relatively brief but include basic information and any items that are relevant to your gastroenterology/hepatology/nutrition experience and training, plus any presentations to national and international meetings and any publications (including abstracts).
Accompanying persons: faculty and delegates are discouraged from bringing any accompanying persons as this reduces the interaction between delegates.  

Please note that
YIF participants are expected attend the whole meeting, incuding socials.
Delegates may not attend more than 1 forum

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.

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. 

Registration fee: participation to the Forum is free of charge for approved delegates.


Preliminary Programme

Day 1 - Date TBD

Chairs:  Iva Hojsak, Florence Lacaille, Jernej Dolinsek, Amit Assa

16.00 – 16.05 Welcome by faculty
16.05 – 17.15 Interactive Introduction with the delegates
17.15 – 17.30 Faculty lecture. Principles of feedback (Jernej Dolinsek)
17.30 - 17.45
17.45 – 18.30 Group Work (Ice breaker)
18.30 – 18.45  Faculty lecture. Presentation techniques (Iva Hojsak)

18.45 – 19.00 Faculty lecture. How to write an abstract (Jernej Dolinsek)
19.00 Break

19.45 Pre dinner drinks + Dinner at hotel

Day 02 - Date TBD

Chair: Amit Assa

09.00 – 09.30 Stefan Schumann: EBV Screening, Status and Usage of thiopurines in a large pediatric IBD registry – real world data from CEDATA GPGE

Comment: Evangelos Giamouris / Francesco Morotti / Amit
09.30 – 10.00 Atchariya Chanpong: Small-bowel transit scintigraphy in children with paediatric intestinal pseudo-obstruction

Comment: Francisco Ribeiro-Mourão / Hana Boulkroun / Jernej
10.00 – 10.20 Faculty lecture. A few basis of statistics (Amit Assa)
10.20 – 11.00 Coffee break / Photo
11.00 – 11.30
 Alexander Schnell:Expression of the ectonucleotidases CD39 and CD73 is upregulated in various B cell subsets in pediatric IBD

Comment: Francisco Cursi / Jose Andrade  / Florence

11.30 – 12.00 Pinar Yamac Dilaver:Spinal Muscular Atrophy Patients Deserve Better Nutritional Care in the 21st Century

Comment: Renz Klomberg / Jinyue Yue / Iva

12.00 – 12.30 Francesco Morotti:T-cell Adaptive Immunity in Liver Organ Recipients infected by CytoMegaloVirus (TAILOR CMV): interim results of the prospective evaluation of T-cell mediated immunity assays in predicting virologic control in liver transplanted children

Comment: José Andrade Guerrero/ Federico Barooty/ Amit
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch Break


Chair: Iva Hojsak

13.15 – 13.45  Hana Boulkroun: Evaluation of risk factors, diagnostic means and treatments for lower gastrointestinal stenosis in allograft patients with GVHD

Comment: Evangelos Giamouris / Stefan Schumann / Jernej

13.45 – 14.15 José Andrade Guerrero: Liver transplantation for classic Maple Urine Disease: long 

Comment: Pinar Yamac / Franco Cursi/ Florence

14.15 – 14.45  Dariia Voroniak:Combination of endoscopic variceal ligation and shunt surgery as a complex variceal bleeding preventive treatment in children with portal hypertension.

Comment: Pinar Yamac / Isabelle Mekone Nkwele / Florence
14.45 – 15.00
Coffee/tea break
15.00 – 15.30 Evangelos Giamouris
Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Veo- Ibd): Experience Of A Tertiary Hospital In Greece

Comment: Aleksandra Czajkowska/ Renz Klomberg/ Amit

15.30 – 16.00 Jinyue Yu: Effects of relaxation therapy on maternal psychological status and infant 

Comment : Aleksandra Czajkowska / Yaniv Faingelernt / Iva

16.00 -16.30  Franco Curci: The Pan-Genotypic Combination Glecaprevir/Pibrentasvir In Adolescents With Chronic Hcv Infection: A Monocentric Experience

Comment: Federico Barooty /Dariia Voroniak / Jernej


17.00 Depart from the hotel for evening event and dinner 

Day 03 - Date TBD

Chair: Florence Lacaille

09.00 – 09.30 Isabelle Mekone Nkwele: Challenges in delayed diagnosis and management of biliary atresia   in Cameroon. 

Comment: Jinyue Yu/ Darila Voroniak / Florence
09.30 – 10.00
Yaniv Faingelernt: Correlation between Nancy Histopathology Index and Clinical, Laboratory and Endoscopic Indices of Disease Activity in Pediatric Patients with Ulcerative Colitis

Comment: Bence Prehoda / Francesco Morotti / Jernej

10.00 – 10.30  Aleksandra Czajkowska: Lactosylceramide as a non-invasive marker in diagnosis of ulcerative colitis in children – preliminary study.

Comment: Bence Prehoda / Can Leblebici / Iva

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 Federico Barooty: Extended antibiotic prophylaxis may protect from infectious complications following PTC

Comment: Anna Orlowska / Isabelle Mekone / Florence
11.30 – 12.00
Can LeblebiciProcalcitonin And Crp Changes After Pediatric Liver Transplantation 

Comment : Anna Orlowska / Atchariya Chanpong / Iva
12.00 – 12.30 Bence Prehoda: Faecal B-Cell Activating Factor Correlates with Endoscopic Activity in Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Comment: Atchariya Chanpong / Francisco Ribeiro-Mourão / Amit

12.30 – 13.00 Faculty lecture. Writing a scientific publication (Florence Lacaille)
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch


Chair: Jernej Dolinsek

13.45 – 14.15 Francisco Ribeiro Mourao: Vaccination in Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease – experience of a Portuguese tertiary centre

Comment : Can Leblebici / Stefan Schumann / Jernej
14.15 – 14.45 Anna Orlowska:Pulmonary function in children with cystic fibrosis after liver transplantation

Comment : Alexander Schnell / Yaniv Faingelernt / Iva

14.45 – 15.15  Renz Klomberg:Early anti-TNF results in higher sustained steroid free remission rates in newly diagnosed paediatric Crohn’s disease patients

Comment: Alexander Schnell / Hana Boulkroun / Amit
15.15 – 15.30 Faculty lecture. How to be an efficient researcher - Developing proposals and writing grant applications (Amit Assa)

15.30 – 16.15 Coffee /tea break (Faculty collation of scores)
16.15 – 16.45 Closing evaluation


17.15 Depart from the hotel for evening event and farewell dinner

Day 04 - Date TBD

Breakfast and check out. Transfer 

Cost Coverage

ESPGHAN will arrange and cover the following for registered delegates: 

  • Accommodation up to 3 nights (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • Travel Refund up EUR 250
  • 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 Croatia 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 May/June 2023. Please monitor this webpage for updates.