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.

ESGE / ESPEN Quality in Endoscopy: IBD & Nutrition Symposium

November 3rd, 2016

The IDB & Nutrition symposium is tailored for doctors, especially our young fellows and junior physicians, across the fields of gastroenterology / endoscopy, surgery and internal medicine. The symposium will cover topics including clinical nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease, advanced imaging techniques in IBD and the gut microbiome in IBD.

We would also like to encourage our nursing colleagues to attend the meeting. In the field of endoscopy, doctors and nurses work together as a very close team and our hands-on training partners, ESGENA, have brought to our attention just how relevant the meeting content is for their members.

Interaction, including the exchange of ideas, clinical experiences and knowledge between faculty and participants is a central element of our symposia. Quality in Endoscopy symposia demonstrate that the combination of highly communicative teaching with a strong, supportive and dedicated faculty is the key to success. Alongside senior speakers, presenters from the up and coming younger generation will contribute to innovative and lively sessions.

We encourage you to register for the symposium and look forward to welcoming you to Dublin!

To find out more about this event, please visit the Quality in Endoscopy website

  • Event topics
    - Clinical nutrition in inflammatory bowel disease
    - Inflammatory bowel disease of the small intestine
    - Advances imaging techniques in IBD
    - The gut microbiome in IBD
    - Interventional and therapeutic endoscopy in IBD
    - IBD surveillance
  • Register online now!

23rd ESPEN Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism succesfully organised

October 28th, 2016

‘The 23rd ESPEN Course on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism was held in Wielnicza, Poland between 16-21 October 2016. This course was organised by POLPEN under the supervision of its Chairman Prof. Stanislaw Klek. 67 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 absolutely satisfied with the overall positive result.

See you next year in Greece (22-28.10.2017)!

The educational lectures of ESPEN 2016 are now available

October 4th, 2016

In case you could not attend the ESPEN congress in Copenhagen few weeks ago, or even would like to see again that lecture which struck you, now this is possible. Do not miss the opportunity to review the educational lectures given during ESPEN 2016 congress, by clicking on  “Congress presentations“, and enjoy the large library of educational lectures that ESPEN provides to members and non-members.

However, after December 31, 2016, the congress presentations will be accessible by members only. One more reason to become an ESPEN member.

New ESPEN guidelines on nutrition in cancer patients

September 27th, 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 ESPEN 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. The guidelines were commissioned and financially supported by ESPEN and by the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC), an EU level initiative.