Winter School on Basic Science and Translational Research

November 11 - 12, 2024
Naples, Italy

General Information

General Information

A Winter school organised by the ESPGHAN Special Interest Group for Basic Science and Translational Research.

The event will offer a variety of lectures, interactive group activities and hands-on supervision on data analysis. We aim to provide ESPGHAN Members with relevant research tools, with opportunities to discuss their research ideas and with mentorship and support for the realisation of research projects in the area of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

Participants will benefit from an internationally reknown Faculty providing excellent experience-based advice and support within an interactive, friendly environment.

Main topics will include systematic reviews, hands-on data analysis sessions, talks on organoid cultures, basics of statistics for non-statisticians.

This school is supported by the ESPGHAN Education Partner Programme.

Application & Fees

Applications are now open!

Deadline: August 31st, 2024

Participation fees:
EUR 100.00

The number of applicants is limited and delegates will be selected by the organizers after the application deadline (approval on first-come first-served basis).

 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.

Delegates are expected to attend the full course and arrange their travel according to the course schedule. 

The course language is English.

Preliminary Programme

Day 01 - Sunday, November 10th

17:00 – Arrival at the venue, reception drinks, photos

Day 02 - Monday, November 11th

09:00 – 09:15 – Welcome + Course Agenda (Caterina Strisciuglio, Naples, Italy, and Marco Gasparetto, Norwich, UK)
09:15 – 09:30 Research Opportunities across ESPGHAN and beyond – an update (Andreas Jenke, Kassel, Germany, Former Chair of ESPGHAN Education Committee)
09:30 - 09:45 Introducing the ESPGHAN Research Curriculum (Lissy de Ridder, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, ESPGHAN Scientific Secretary)
09:45 – 10:00 Introducing the ESPGHAN Special Interest Group for Basic Science and Translational Research: current and future activities (Federica Giachero, Cambridge, UK, SIG co-chair)
10:00 – 10:45 – From randomized controlled trials to systematic reviews and meta-analysis in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition – how good are we? (Morris Gordon, UCLan, Preston, UK)
10:45 – 11:15 – Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:15 – Exercises related to the systematic review methodology (Morris Gordon, UCLan, Preston, UK)
12:15 -13:00 – Basics of statistics for non-statisticians and how to read scientific paper (Konstantinos Gerasimidis, Glasgow, UK) 
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch break
14:00 – 14:45 – In-vitro pre-clinical research methodologies: from cell lines to organoid cultures– how much progress have we achieved? (Matthias Zilbauer, Cambridge, UK)
14:45– 15:45 – Delegates to work in groups and discuss their own research projects (abstracts sent upon application for the course) – Delegates will choose an abstract and will discuss possible improvements prior to presenting it to the larger audience
15:45 – 16:15 – Coffee break
16:15 – 18:00 – Group representatives to present their research projects – discussion with faculty and scoring – The best project will be awarded and the panel will mentor the abstract author on the project realisation following the course
18:00 – Tour of Naples city centre including the Street of Cribs
19:30 – Course dinner

Day 03 - Tuesday, November 12th

09:00 – 09:15 – Course Agenda and summary of day 1 (Caterina Strisciuglio, Naples, Italy, and Marco Gasparetto, Norwich, UK)
09:15 – 10:15 Presentation on gene therapy (Prof. Nicola Brunetti from the Naples Telethon Research Institute)
10:15– 11:00 – Data analysis in medical sciences – challenges and tips for choosing the the right tools for the right dataset (Philip Robinson, Cambridge, UK)
11:00 – 11:20 – Coffee break
11:20 – 12:45 –Hands-on session on data analysis (Philip Robinson, Cambridge, UK)
12:45 – 14:00 – Lunch break
14:00 - 15:00 – Exercise on scientific writing – delegates are provided with data and asked to write an abstract
15:00-15:45 – iPSC models related to monogenic IBD (Daniel Kotlarz, Munich, Germany)
15:45 – 16:00 – Closing remarks (Caterina Strisciuglio, Naples, Italy, and Marco Gasparetto, Norwich, UK)

Cost Coverage


ESPGHAN will cover the following for international delegates:

  • up to 2 night accommodation in a pre-arranged hotel (organised by ESPGHAN)
  • pre-arranged dinners and socials
  • catering throughout the course
  • congress material


Please be aware that ESPGHAN will be taking photos and/or videos at this event. By registering and attending th is course you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions. Details of the disclaimer will be attached to your notification email. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.


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