KEPAN Course for Hospital Pharmacist

February 18th, 2017

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey has assigned one pharmacist from each public hospital in Turkey to receive training in Clinical Nutrition and requested support from KEPAN to give this training using the formal ESPEN LLL program. After ESPEN Executive Committee approval, the program was performed by 35 authorised teachers using 10 topics of the LLL Program and 240 pharmacists trained. The success rate of the participants was similar to the numerous courses performed before in Turkey.

Less than 2 weeks left for the 2nd nDay (23rd of February)

February 10th, 2017

We would like to inform you about the second round of nutritionDay data collection on 23rd of February which is open for all who could not take part in November 2016 or would like to include more patients. Join nutritionDay on the 23rd of February 2017 and receive your benchmarking report covering aspects of quality indicators and economics. Alternatively, you may also choose a different Thursday until 9th of March 2017.

The nutritionDay team has worked to improve the nutritionDay survey to collect more relevant and better quality data.  We have evaluated and listened to feedback, and examined the current practice and literature in this area to create the 2016 nutritionDay survey.  Improvements were made in terms of the relevance, structure, and quality of the survey, including adding economics and quality components that will help highlight key information and issues relevant to improving nutrition care. View new questionnaires!

The purpose of this is to provide you with better unit and country reports, and to provide a better basis for nutrition research. Take this opportunity to benchmark your nutrition care.

Early bird registration deadline for ESGE / ESPEN Quality in Endoscopy IBD & Nutrition Symposium

January 27th, 2017

ESGE Individual Members, ESPEN and ESGENA Members save over 50% when they take advantage of the early bird registration fee reduction, compared to the standard registration fee.

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Don’t miss out on your opportunity to register for the Quality in Endoscopy meeting by opting to participate in one of the following additional features:

More information regarding the programme and faculty can be found here, for further details regarding ESGE Individual Membership application and benefits, visit www.esge.com.

We look forward to welcoming you in Dublin!

Second nutritionDay date 23rd of February

January 24th, 2017

We would like to inform you about the second round of nutritionDay data collection on 23rd of February which is open for all who could not take part in November 2016 or would like to include more patients. Join nutritionDay on the 23rd of February 2017 and receive your benchmarking report covering aspects of quality indicators and economics. Alternatively, you may also choose a different Thursday until 9th of March 2017.

The nutritionDay team has worked to improve the nutritionDay survey to collect more relevant and better quality data.  We have evaluated and listened to feedback, and examined the current practice and literature in this area to create the 2016 nutritionDay survey.  Improvements were made in terms of the relevance, structure, and quality of the survey, including adding economics and quality components that will help highlight key information and issues relevant to improving nutrition care. View new questionnaires!

The purpose of this is to provide you with better unit and country reports, and to provide a better basis for nutrition research. Take this opportunity to benchmark your nutrition care.

ESPEN FELLOWSHIPS 2017

January 14th, 2017

ESPEN provides again a great opportunity to receive support for your research in continuously difficult economic times through the ESPEN Research Fellowships. Many relevant and successful research projects have been indeed funded in recent years. Research projects valued up to €50,000 will be considered for funding. Part funding for studies that have already been funded from other bodies may be considered (proof of funding must be provided).

Deadline for applying is March 31st, 2017 (17:00 Brussels time) and an ESPEN Membership of the main applicant OR the project supervisor is needed.

For more information, please find the Rules and the Application Form by clicking on the links.

ESPEN Guideline: Clinical Nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease published

January 5th, 2017

The ESPEN guideline presents a multidisciplinary focus on clinical nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The guideline is based on extensive systematic review of the literature, but relies on expert opinion when objective data were lacking or inconclusive. The conclusions and 64 recommendations have been subject to full peer review and a Delphi process in which uniformly positive responses (agree or strongly agree) were required. Available objective data to guide nutritional support and primary nutritional therapy in IBD are presented as 64 recommendations, of which 9 are very strong recommendations (grade A), 22 are strong recommendations (grade B) and 12 are based only on sparse evidence (grade 0); 21 recommendations are good practice points (GPP).

These evidence based guidelines were developed to translate current best evidence and expert opinion into recommendations for multi-disciplinary teams responsible for identification, prevention, and treatment in inflammatory bowel disease.

Message from the Executive Committee

December 21st, 2016

Dear ESPEN Members,
Dear Colleague,

While the year 2016 was unfortunately disturbed in many places in the world, it was excellent for ESPEN. Various records were beaten: number of ESPEN members (3’098), number of attendees at the annual ESPEN Congress in Copenhagen and Clinical Nutrition Impact Factor.

Several Guidelines were published in Clinical Nutrition. NutritionDay was again very successful. Scientific and education values of the ESPEN Congress, the ESPEN Workshop, the Advanced Course and the Expert Courses were outstanding.
We thank all those who spent time and energy for making all these events successful.

ESPEN agenda for 2017 includes the ESGE-ESPEN Symposium (31 March – 1 April,Dublin, Ireland), the annual ESPEN Congress (9-12 September, The Hague, Netherlands), the ESPEN Workshopdedicated to Acute and Chronic Intestinal Failure (15-16 October, Bologna, Italy), the Advanced Course (22-28 October,Kilkis, Greece) and the ONCA meeting (13-14 November, Ljubljana, Slovenia).
All these ESPEN activities have an unique objective: improving the nutritional care of our patients.

We wish you a Happy, Peaceful and Successful year 2017.

Best regards,

Željko KRZNARIC, Treasurer
Matthias PIRLICH, General Secretary
André VAN GOSSUM, Chairman

PACIFHAN assists people travelling with Home Artificial Nutrition

December 12th, 2016

PACIFHAN is the International Alliance of Patient Organisations for Chronic Intestinal Failure and Home Artificial Nutrition.  Following PACIFHAN’s official introduction to the world at ESPEN Congress 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal last September, it is now ready, and very proud, to launch its home parenteral nutrition (HPN) and home enteral nutrition (HEN) multilingual dictionary (“Dictionary”).  A list of HPN and HEN medical words have been collated and translated by bPACIFHAN members in seven languages – English (UK & Australasia), English (USA), Czech, Italian, Polish, Swedish and Danish, with French to be added soon.

International travel can be a wonderful and beneficial experience for those living with HAN, even if it requires much greater planning than for the average tourist.  Knowing the medical terminology in a foreign
country, such as ‘infection’ and ‘hospital’ can be a life-saver! This Dictionary is being made available on PACIFHAN’s website – www.pacifhan.org – for use by HPN and HEN travellers when communicating with medical staff, should they find themselves needing medical assistance in any countries using these languages.

PACIFHAN believes its Dictionary will be a valuable tool, enabling those living with HAN to be better equipped to deal with medical situations when travelling.  As such, it’s a great step in achieving one of its goals – to improve the quality of life of those living with HAN. PACIFHAN plans to expand the Dictionary, the number of words and languages, as more member organisations join PACIFHAN. In time we also hope to develop a smartphone app for even easier access and use by HAN travellers.

ESPEN INTENSIVE COURSE IN TRACER METHODOLOGY IN METABOLISM

December 4th, 2016

ESPEN recognizes that the use of specific tools or the implementations of specific clinical procedures are becoming the key to ensure the delivery of good clinical practice. Therefore, ESPEN is continuously supporting courses focusing on the practical approach to key diagnostic and therapeutic tools/procedures. The aims of the ESPEN Experts’ Courses are in line with the ESPEN recommendations although the discussion of emerging concepts is welcome.

The next ESPEN INTENSIVE COURSE IN TRACER METHODOLOGY IN METABOLISM will give an intensive introduction in the use of stable isotope tracers that can be used in metabolic and nutritional research. A faculty of world experts will be teaching at this course, which includes workshops were the participant are welcomed to present and discuss their tracer protocols with the faculty and the other participants.

Date: Weekend of April 29 and 30, 2017
Place: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
Flyer: CTMM2017_Flyer Final

You can find more details on the following link: www.icu-metabolism.se/tracers.html

ESPEN guidelines on nutrition in cancer patients published

November 10th, 2016

As survival and quality of life of patients with cancer dramatically improved over the last few years, the management of medical nutrition became critically important for these patients. The tolerance and safety of all modalities of anti-cancer treatment are indeed conditioned by the nutritional status. Hence, the clinicians involved in the care of these patients need a pragmatic review of the currently available evidence in the area of oncology/hematology more than in any other chronic condition. These evidence based guidelines were developed to translate current best evidence and expert opinion into recommendations for multi-disciplinary teams responsible for identification, prevention, and treatment of reversible elements of malnutrition in adult cancer patients.