ESPEN Special Interest Group “Acute Intestinal Failure”

January 28th, 2015

The ESPEN Special Interest Group “Acute Intestinal Failure” is looking more one or more new members.  Please find below the related message from the group:

“We are well represented by medical gastroenterologists and to a lesser extent by GI surgeons. In our group we have one nurse. The UK, Netherlands, Poland and Scandinavia are also well represented. There is a representative from Italy, Spain and Serbia. We would be particularly interested in leaders in acute IF in their field  from other disciplines and ideally from other countries. The commitment is to attend every ESPEN congress and a winter weekend meeting early in January.

We are producing guidelines in the form of a position paper as well as program slots for both the Education and the Scientific sessions at the annual ESPEN conference. If you are interested contact our current moderator: with a copy of your CV. The group will be meeting in the summer and will then decide on suitable candidate(s).”

11th ACCN Course of Clinical Nutrition

January 23rd, 2015

The Adriatic Club of Clinical Nutrition is organizing its 11th meeting in Croatia (Dubrovnik) on the 16th-19th of April. Participants from more than 10 countries are expected to this scientific event, where lecturers from 15 countries are expected to spread the knowledge of Clinical Nutrition.

Save the date for this very attractive event!

The Adriatic Club of Clinical Nutrition is organizing its anniversary 10th meeting in Turkey (Kusadasi-Aydin) on the 28th-30th of March. Participants from more than 10 countries have already registered for this scientific event, where lecturers from 15 countries are expected to spread the knowledge of Clinical Nutrition. You can find the very interesting programme here.

ESPEN Council meeting on the 10-11 January 2015

January 22nd, 2015

Early January 2015 the Council meeting was organised in Nice at the occasion of the ESPEN Winter meeting. Representatives of 36 national  PEN societies did attend the meeting. Following the reports of the different ESPEN officers on ESPEN activities and new developments, there was a very fruitful debate on the following topic  “How to increase interactivity between ESPEN and the national PEN societies”. Several excellent actions were proposed during the discussion.

The atmosphere of this 2-days meeting was very positive. Thanks to all the Council representatives for joining Nice.

The Executive Committee.

Home Parenteral Nutrition meeting in Dublin (March 27-28, 2015)

January 21st, 2015

Home parenteral nutrition is the well recognized therapeutic tool for patients with chronic intestinal failure due to benign disease, and the still discussed palliative treatment for cases with active cancer. Complexities of HPN application and continued management need however to be fully appreciated for successful implementation. To this regard, a meeting on HPN is scheduled in Dublin, on March 27-28 2015, where an international expert panel including several ESPEN members will discuss all aspects of HPN.

If you are interested in this important topic and wish to find additional information regarding the program or other information (venue, how to register, etc.), please write to

ESPEN officers wish you an excellent and productive New Year

December 24th, 2014

Dear ESPEN Members and Friends,

The ESPEN officers wish you an excellent and productive New Year. In 2015, ESPEN will continue to grow and diversify its activities. Several Guidelines will be published, a new Journal (Clinical Nutrition Experimental) will be launched, the annual Congress will be held in the beautiful city of Lisbon, a Workshop on “Carbohydrates and Insulin Resistance” will be organised in Venice, LLL courses will continue to run around the World and collaboration with national PEN societies will be reinforced.

Don’t forget to maintain all the advantages of being an ESPEN member by keeping your membership current through your national society.  ESPEN wishes you the best in your clinical, scientific, and personal endeavours in the coming year.

Andre Van Gossum

Tommy Cederholm

Rocco Barazzoni

Marilia Lopes Cravo

Thank you Chantal!

December 19th, 2014

Mrs. Chantal Levrat (MCI) is now officially retired. For many years, Chantal Levrat devoted her time, energy, and enthusiasm to the collaboration between ESPEN and MCI that facilitates the organisation of our annual Congress. Chantal conducted her work with both professionalism and friendship. Thanks to her expertise, all problems were solved quickly and capably.

Chantal is leaving MCI after training new staff who will continue this valuable collaboration.

The ESPEN community wishes Chantal the best for a peaceful but certainly active retirement.

We will miss you.

The ESPEN Community

ESPEN Experts’ Course in “Intestinal Failure” to be held in Manchester, UK

December 18th, 2014

The ESPEN  Experts’ Course on Acute and Chronic Intestinal Failure will be held again (20-21.03.2015) at the Intestinal Failure Unit , Salford Royal Hospital Manchester, UK.  ESPEN will fund the course, whereas delegates have to fund a travel and housing.

The previous courses have been very well received particularly the close supervision and  “hands-on” approach. Efforts will be made to strike a balance amongst differing health care professionals to encourage the team approach. Numbers are limited to 25 delegates and ESPEN members have priority.

Please send a CV to: or (Course Director)

2nd International Course on the Metabolic and Nutritional issues in the ICU

December 17th, 2014

The 2nd International Course on the Metabolic and Nutritional issues in the ICU will be held next June 2-3 at the Erasme University Hospital in Brussels. For more information please see the preliminary announcement or visit the website.

Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN Grant

December 16th, 2014

As of last year, a new funding opportunity from ESPEN is available through the “Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN Grant”. The purposeof this grant is to facilitate the dialogue between scientific/clinical experts and industry to develop new or better tools or to improve availability of tools.

ESPEN invites members to submit a proposal for funding in the field of innovative technology.  One “Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN Grant” will be awarded (sum of up to €30,000 is available) to an expert or a group of experts proposing a project. Applicants should submit a two page proposal describing the project and expected outcome and benefits and a one page document outlining costs and anticipated timing of the project.

Proposals should be submitted as an email attachment (word or pdf) to Philip Calder, Chair of the ESPEN Scientific Committee at pcc[at], by no later than 17:00 hours (CET) on 6th March 2015.

Click here to find all related information!

Mark your calendars: 3rd ESPEN Workshop “Carbohydrates and insulin resistance – From basics to clinical nutrition”, Venice, Italy November 8-9th 2015

December 2nd, 2014

With the second ESPEN workshop in Tel Aviv just over and a huge success, ESPEN is very pleased to invite everybody to mark their calendars for the 2015 event. The 3rd ESPEN workshop will be held in wonderful Venice, Italy, November 8-9 th 2015, on the topic of “Carbohydrates and insulin resistance – From basics to clinical nutrition”. In the best ESPEN tradition, all aspects of carbohydrate utilization in nutritional care will be covered by a panel of distinguished international experts.

Come to Venice to hear on (among other lectures): basic aspects of carbohydrate fuel utilization and metabolism, their role in the regulation of gut microbiota, what options are available for carbohydrate administration in nutritional support, how to optimize artificial nutrition in the obese and diabetic patient, use and limitations of carbohydrates for optimal glucose targets in nutritional care of surgical and ICU patient.

We look forward to welcome you for an unforgettable experience in Venice for the 3rd ESPEN workshop! Look out on the ESPEN website and Newsletters for further information on program, venue and how to register soon.