2nd ESPEN Consensus Conference

February 1st, 2016

The 2nd ESPEN Consensus Conference will be held on April 18th 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). The topics are:

    Recommendations of the working groups:
    • “Clinical Nutrition in Surgery” (Arved Weimann, Germany) and
    • “Clinical Nutrition and IBD” (Alastair Forbes, UK)

    For further information, please contact the ESPEN Guideline Office (Katrin.Hebestreit@uni-hohenheim.de)

    ESPEN Experts’ Courses – Tracer methodology

    January 11th, 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 Tracer Methodology ESPEN Expert Course 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.

    You can find more details on the following link:
    Tracer Methodology (11-12th June 2016), Derby, United Kingdom

    Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN Grant

    January 9th, 2016

    In the world of clinical nutrition and metabolism, there is a lack of tools needed for effective screening, assessment, diagnosis or monitoring or the tools that are available are too expensive or require further development. Industry is not always ready to develop or improve these tools alone. The purpose of the “Technology Innovation with Industry Partnership ESPEN 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. 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]soton.ac.uk, by no later than 17:00 hours (CET) on 4th March 2016.

    Click here to find all related information!

    Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

    December 22nd, 2015
    The Year 2015 was another extremely fruitful one for ESPEN, with a number of important achievements:
    We are sure that more success will come in the new Year! And we are already looking forward to the ESPEN
    Congress in Copenhagen in September, the Advanced Course on Clinical Nutrition in Poland, and the 4th
    ESPEN Workshop on Nutrition in Cancer in Germany.
    We thank you all for your support and wish you and excellent Year 2016 on a professional and personal
    point of view!
    Andre Van Gossum, Tommy Cederholm, Rocco Barazzoni
    The ESPEN Executive Committee

    MNI Grant 2016 is open for applications until June 16th 2016

    December 17th, 2015

    It is a great pleasure to announce that the 2016 grant will be rewarding ongoing or planned national initiatives for Optimal Nutritional Care Approach. Such an initiative must be endorsed by national PEN societies (worldwide), but not necessarily run by a national PEN society. The € 30,000 grant is supported by the Medical Nutrition International Industry (MNI) group  and is now open for applications.

    The deadline for application is June 16th 2016. Presentations of previous winner projects are available for your perusal here. The winner of the grant will be announced during the Malnutrition Event at the ESPEN 2016 Congress in Copenhagen in September 2016.

    More information can be found here or on the MNI website.

    Videos from the ESPEN-ENHA-MNI session at the 37th ESPEN Congress (Lisbon 2015)

    December 15th, 2015

    During the last ESPEN Congress in Lisbon a joined session was co-organized by ESPEN,ENHA and MNI. This session was dedicated the topic : How to improve nutritional support in cancer patients.? After the Welcome address by Andre Van Gossum on behalf of ESPEN, Olle Ljunqvist described the goals of the Optimal Nutrition Care for All action, Jann Arends summarized the content of the new Guidelines on Nutrition in cancer patients, Sami Antoun -a well-known oncologist- described how to integrate nutritional therapy in clinical care for oncologist, Keith Johnnson -a cancer patient- was reporting his medical history in a very emotional athmosphere and F.Leal da Costa challenged the political issues.

    A fantastic session that was attended by 2 000 delegates. Don’t miss to have a look on these Lectures!

    Thank you to MNI for recording this session.

    Electronic Video Library by ESPEN

    December 3rd, 2015

    In ESPEN we think that we are living in a rapidly evolving society, in which information spreads quickly through electronic and virtual highways.

    The same applies to education, and the ability to quickly reach people leaving in every corner of the planet can make the difference in changing attitudes and practices. However, messages should be concise yet informative and complete, and video messages appear to best fit the needs of our society. In its continuous efforts to educate health professionals, patients and lay people on the importance of clinical nutrition and of good nutrition practice, ESPEN is launching this educational activity, called “Pearls of knowledge“. Pearls of Knowledge are short cuts providing a general overview of clinical and research topics or promoting ESPEN activities, which are intended for health professionals but also to any other interested in the field of Clinical Nutrition.

    You can find many interesting topics in this EVL we trully hope you will like this initiative!

    ESPEN Research Fellowships for 2016

    November 30th, 2015

    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 4th, 2016 (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

    Meeting on all aspects of gastro-intestinal microbiota, prebiotics and probiotics in pediatrics

    November 24th, 2015

    A very interesting meeting on all aspects of pre- and probiotics in pediatrics will be held in April 2016 (28-30.04), 2016.This unique meeting is devoted to new developments in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, pre- and probiotics in children. Many outstanding key-opinion leaders confirmed their participation.
    All information can be found here

    22nd ESPEN Advanced Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

    November 23rd, 2015

    ‘The 22nd ESPEN Advanced Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism was held in Bucharest on the 1-6 th November 2015. This course was organised by RosPEN under the supervision of Prof. Ioana Grintescu.
    65 delegates did attend this course and really enjoyed the quality of the presentations. We also thank all the ESPEN speakers who took part in the event.The atmosphere was excellent and both participants and speakers were satisfied with the overall positive result.

    See you next year in Poland!