5th Liver Transplant School

September 25 - 28, 2024
Brussels, Belgium

General Information

General Information

Knowledge and interest for pediatric liver transplant has grown significantly over the last years. The liver transplant school will share with participants cutting-edge expertise on diagnosis and management of liver disorders in children. Highlights on ongoing clinical/fundamental/ translational research will also be part of the conference.

The ESPGHAN Paediatric Hepatology Committee will organize the 5th Paediatric Liver Transplantation School in Brussels in September 2024. The ESPGHAN Liver Transplant School is success story. The last schools were visited very well and evaluation by attendees was always very good.

The Faculty of the Liver Transplant School 2024 aims to provide many interactive sessions and case discussion on the selection process and ethical considerations (indication, contra-indications) as well as on aspects related to living donation, type of surgeries, medical and surgical complications and the long-term care of these patients.

This meeting should not only attract younger gastroenterologists and hepatologists who have an ambition to develop transplantation programs locally, but also more senior established clinicians who would like to get a state-of-the-art update in an informal setting.

Therefore, we will circulate surveys among the attendees for different transplant care aspects (e.g. vaccination, immunosuppressive protocols) weeks before the school to learn during the school by discussing differences and similarities of the results.

Participants will also gather together in small groups aiming to stimulate discussions among participants. Contact between themselves and with renowned pediatric transplantation medicine specialists will be encouraged also.

Application & Fees

Applications are now open.

Deadline extension July 15th, 2024

Trainees (members and non-members): EUR 200
Members: EUR 200
Non-Members: EUR 250

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@espgh

Applicants will be selected based on their application documents (CV, letter of motivation and abstract)

Applicants are invited to submit a clinical abstract during application that may be selected for presentation during the course. The best case will be taken as young ESPGHAN case of the month and may then be selected for publication. Abstracts may have been submitted to other public meetings previously.

The number of participants is limited to 40. A selection will be made by the school organisers based on Rules and Regulations. Priority will be given to ESPGHAN Members. For Non-Members,  priority will be given to European delegates (incl. Israel and Turkey). 

Trainees who are not members of ESPGHAN need to submit a proof of their trainee status to office@espghan.org together with their application to benefit from the reduced fee.

Please do not make travel arrangements before receipt of a formal confirmation of acceptance from the ESPGHAN Office.

Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Wednesday 25

14.00  Opening Welcome Desk … arrival of delegates
15.00-18.00 General and ethical aspects, rules and regulations: deceased donor versus living donor   liver transplantation Moderators: Xavier Stephenne & Catherine de Magnée
15:00-15:10 Opening Session Catherine de Magnée & Xavier Stephenne, Brussels
15:10-15:20 Introduction Faculty Emer Fitzpatrick, Dublin
15:20-15.50 Epidemiology of liver transplant Norman Junge, Hannover
15.50-16.20 Ethics of pediatric living donor liver transplantation in elective and urgent conditions Raymond Reding, Brussels
16:20-16.40 Coffee-Break
16;40-17.40 Indications and contra-indication for liver transplant. Ulrich Bauman, Hannover & co 17.40-18.00 Introduction participants
19.00 Get-Together

Day 02 - Thursday 26

08.30-11.45 General and ethical aspects, rules and regulations: deceased donor versus living donor liver transplantation Moderators: Emanuele Nicastro & Raymond Reding
08:30-09:00 Advanced therapy medicine for inflammatory liver diseases Etienne Sokal, Brussels 09:00-09:45 Living donor evaluation. Eliano Bonaccorsi, Brussels
09:45-10.00 Abstract 1
10:00-10.15 Coffee-Break
10.15-11.00 Liver transplant technique Eliano Bonaccorsi, Brussels
11.00-11.30 Special aspects for inherited diseases Xavier Stephenne, Brussels
11.30-11.45 Abstract 2
11.45-12.45 Lunch
12.45-14.15 Transplant surgery Moderator: Norman Junge
12.45-13.10 Image quiz – Faculty & co
13.10-13.55 The recipient : a possible surgical challenge and Interactive discussion Catherine de Magnée, Brussels
13.55-14.15 RE-liver transplantation Eliano Bonaccorsi, Brussels
14.15-14.30 Coffee-Break
14.30-16.15 Transplant-day, immediate post LT procedure Moderator: Emer Fitzpatrick
14:30-14.50 LT and anesthesia Thierry Pirotte, Brussels
14:50-15:10 Case discussion on heart and anesthesia Thierry Pirotte, Brussels & faculty
15.10-15.30 Abstract 3
15.30-16.00 Pediatric LT : early postoperative care in the PICU Thierry Detaille, Brussels
16.00-16.15 Abstract 4
17.00 Social activity & dinner

Day 03 - Friday 27

09.00-11.00 Immunosuppression+medication+rejection Moderator: Xavier Stephenne
09.00-09.30 Acute cellular rejection in pediatric liver transplantation Raymond Reding, Brussels 09.30-09.45 Drugs in liver transplant Emanuele Nicastro, Bergamo
09.45-10.00 Abstract 5
10.00-11.00 Start group work – 5 group (interactive cases)
11.00-11.15 Coffee-Break
11.15- 12.45 Post liver transplantation care Moderator: Catherine de Magnée
11.15-11.45 Case discussion : biliary complications (including late complications) Norman Junge, Hannover & Emanuele Nicastro, Bergamo
11.45-12.15 Case discussion vascular complications Stephanie Franchi Abella, Paris
12.15-12.30 Abstract 6
12.30-12.45 Abstract 7
12.45-13.50 Lunch
13.50-15.20 Post LT care Moderator: Etienne Sokal
13.50-14.10 Graft fibrosis/protocol biopsies Xavier Stephenne, Brussels
14.10-14.40 PTLD: case presentation Françoise Smets, Brussels
14.40-15.00 Recurrence Norman Junge, Hannover
15.00-15.20 Long term systemic complication after liver transplantation Géraldine Dahlqvist, Brussels
15.20-15.40 Coffee-Break
15.40-17.00 Outpatient care and transition Moderator: Géraldine Dahlqvist
15.40-16.10 Outcomes, school, profession, family, transition Marianne Samyn, London & Géraldine Dahlqvist, Brussels
16.10-16.30 What is needed to start a liver transplant program Marianne Samyn , London
16.30-17.00 Personal lessions learned Emer Fitzpatrick, Dublin & Ulrich Baumann, Hannover
17.00 Open Group work – Faculty
18.30-19.00 Social Activity
19.00 Dinner

Day 04 - Saturday 28

09.00-10.00 Moderator: Emanuele Nicastro
09:00-09:30 Alternatives to LT Etienne Sokal, Brussels
09:30-10:00 Tolerance? Future? Ulrich Baumann, Hannover
10:00-10:15 Coffee-Break
10.15-12.30 Group work presentation & closing Moderator: Xavier Stephenne
10:15-12:15 Discussion & presentation group work and take home messages
12:15-12:30 Evaluation of LT School and closing remarks
12:30 END

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 


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