Information about research calls

May 4th, 2015

ESPEN members may be interested in obtaining information about research calls organized by the funding agencies of the Member States to promote transnational cooperation.
The Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) have been launched by the Council to improve the competitiveness of Europe and to enhance cooperation in R&D by including and building on resources of its Member States. The principle of a JPI is to bring together scientists and scientific programmes and to create an added value for Europe by sharing of knowledge, expertise and data. The JPI “A healthy diet for a healthy life” (JPI HDHL) was launched in 2010. In the JPI HDHL Member States engage in defining, developing and implementing a common strategic research agenda (SRA) to tackle major societal challenges that no Member State is capable of tackling on its own. So called Joint Actions are the instruments in which collaborative research efforts are thematically organized with JPI HDHL Member States contributing to individual Joint Action based on their interest and the availability of national funds (
The JPI has defined its vision and strategic goal, with three key interacting research areas:

  • Determinants of diet and physical activity: ensuring the healthy choice isthe easy choice for consumers
  • Diet and food production: developing healthy, high-quality, safe and sustainable foods
  • Diet-related chronic diseases: preventing diet-related chronic diseases and increasing the quality of life – delivering a healthier diet.

Recently the JPI has launched three new joint transnational call for research proposals and a call for Expressions of Interest of a new Joint Action on Malnutrition. You can find all the information here.

11th Course in Clinical Nutrition by ACCN

April 13th, 2015

The Adriatic Club of Clinical Nutrition is organizing its 11th meeting in Croatia (Dubrovnik) this weekend (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.

You can find here the detailed program of 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.

2015 KEPAN meeting

April 12th, 2015

The 2015 KEPAN annual meeting was organised in Antalya from 18th to 22th of March. More than 700 participants did attend the meeting. Besides the regular sessions one session was dedicated to ONCA (Optimal Nutrition Care for All) in which several experts (Germany, Spain, Croatia and Turkey) reported their national experience in implementing screening and nutritional strategy.

The KEPAN Board is already preparing the 2018 ESPEN Congress.

Congratulations !

ESPEN Workshop on “Carbohydrates and Insulin Resistance – from Basics to Clinical Nutrition”, Venice November 8-9th 2015

March 8th, 2015

ESPEN is ready to fly to Venice for its 3rd Workshop on November 8-9th 2015! The event will cover the topic of “Carbohydrates and insulin resistance – From basics to clinical nutrition”, and focused sessions with international experts will address all aspects of the important role of carbohydrate utilization and management in clinical nutrition. The workshop venue in the historic School of San Giovanni in the heart of Venice will contribute to make this event an unforgettable one.
A preliminary program is available here, along with practical information that will help you plan your attendance. Look at the info, do not miss the opportunity and look out for the opening of registration in a few weeks!

5th ESSD Congress “Swallowing Disorders: From Compensation to Recovery”

February 24th, 2015

This year the European Society for Swallowing Disorders is holding a Dysphagia Week around the 5th ESSD Congress: “Swallowing Disorders: From Compensation to Recovery”. The Congress is going to be held in Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Barcelona from 2-3 October 2015.  You can find more information at:

ESPEN community’s deepest condolences

February 13th, 2015

The ESPEN community regrets to announce that professor Herbert Lochs passed away. He was involved in ESPEN activities for many years and was appointed as ESPEN Honorary member regarding his outstanding involvement in ESPEN and the field of Clinical Nutrition. Herbert Lochs was the President of the ESPEN Congress that was held in Vienna in 1992. Besides remarkable publications in the field of Clinical Nutrition and Gastroenterology he greatly participated in publishing Guidelines.

From 1994 to 2009 he was Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the prestigious Charité Hospital in Berlin. From 2009-13 he was the President of the Faculty of Medicine in Innsbruck. Herbert Lochs was worlwide recognized as an excellent lecturer and teacher. His contribution for ESPEN was exceptionnal.

The ESPEN community present his deepest condolences to his family and his colleagues.

Updated book on Home Parenteral Nutrition

February 10th, 2015

Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) is the intravenous administration of nutrients carried out in a patient’s home. Redesigned and updated to cover all aspects of HPN, this second edition focuses on evidence-based medicine and the experience of worldwide experts in this field.
Analysing current practices in HPN with a view to informing best practice, this book covers HPN’s epidemiology throughout the world. Divided into parts, the first half of the book reviews the history of HPN, its role in the treatment of clinical conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders and cancer, and recommendations for preventing any complications that may arise. The second half of the book covers practical issues such as teaching and monitoring, the special circumstances surrounding the use of HPN in paediatrics, ethical and legal aspects of HPN, and patient quality of life. A vital resource for medics and researchers in nutrition, gastroenterology and chronic diseases, this book provides a complete reference to the subject.

Home Parenteral Nutrition
2nd Edition
Edited by Federico Bozzetti, Michael Staun and André Van Gossum

New Book on Intravenous Lipid Emulsions

February 10th, 2015

Over the last 15 years, new and improved lipids that include olive oil and/or fish oil have replaced the more traditional ones. These new lipids offer the opportunity to deliver high amounts of fatty acids and possess different functional properties: in particular, they can influence inflammatory processes, immune responses and hepatic metabolism. Contributions in this book discuss the latest findings in the field, ranging from pre-clinical research to the most recent clinical trials. Lipid functionality and utility in pediatric, adult surgical and critically ill patients are covered, as is the use of lipids in long-term home parenteral nutrition. Addressing a broad spectrum of topics, this publication provides a wealth of information for basic scientists, clinical researchers and clinical practitioners alike.

Intravenous Lipid Emulsions

Editor(s): Calder P.C. (Southampton)
Waitzberg D.L. (São Paulo)
Koletzko B. (Munich)

ECRINnutrition your European Network for Academic Research Infrastructure from the Nutrition Hub

February 6th, 2015

You can find all information to register your research center, find partner, read & download SOP for nutrition research, discuss methodology aswell as all information collected until now on the website of the “nutrition hub” that was part of the project. ESPEN was responsible for collecting information on the ethical requirements especially with a perspective to support multinational academic research. We discussed the possibilities of maintaining the hub after the end of the project in late 2015. All effort is now to make the website as complete as possible. Please check whether your center is on the map and whether the content is correct (

Opening for abstract submissions for the 37th ESPEN Congress in Lisbon

February 3rd, 2015

The upcoming 37th ESPEN Congress (Lisgbon, September 5th-8th September, 2015) is expected to be a big success with a very solid scientific program and numerous very interesting sessions. We all look forward to an exciting meeting!

If you have just completed your work and wish to present it in a top scientific venue,  Abstract submission will be open till 7th of April 2015.  Take this opportunity at the Abstract submission webpage.

The ESPEN congress is a formidable opportunity to present and discuss your data in a stimulating and supportive environment. Do not miss it!