The registration to the ESPEN-endorsed course on “Metabolic and Nutritional issues in the ICU” is open

April 21st, 2016

The registration to the ESPEN-endorsed course on “Metabolic and Nutritional issues in the ICU” organized in Brussels by JC Preiser and JL Vincent next May 31 – June 1st is open. Brussels is as safe as usual now and easy to reach!
This course is designed to highlight the recent developments in the understanding of the metabolic response to stress and the practical consequences for the nutritional care of critically ill patients. Top-levels experts will deliver plenary lectures, and participate to case discussions. The full updated program can be found at http://www.intensive.org/admin/upload/doc/Draft_Metabolic_2016.pdf .

The goals of this 2-day intensive and interactive course include:

  • to provide an update on the physiological metabolic response to critical illness
  • to discuss proven and proposed underlying mechanisms
  • to gain insight into the clinical consequences of the metabolic response in terms of need for macro- and micro-nutrients
  • to provide an overview of the various clinical concerns and issues related to nutrition therapy
  • to present an update on pharmaconutrition

This course is open to physicians, dieticians, pharmacists, nurses, representatives of the industry and other health professionals involved in the nutritional care of ICU patients, who can register via www.intensive.org.

4th ESPEN Workshop in “Cancer and Nutrition”

April 7th, 2016

The 4th ESPEN Workshop will take place in Berlin (October 23rd-24th, 2016)  and will be about” Cancer in Nutrition”.  You can find the flyer including preliminary information here.

New Book on The Stress Response of Critical Illness

March 31st, 2016

ESPEN is happy to announce that many ESPEN colleagues have co authored this new book, edited by Jean Charles Preiser, also an ESPEN member. This book demonstrates how the latest insights into the physiopathology of the stress response can be integrated into clinical practice. The topic is particularly relevant since the metabolic changes triggered by acute stress, including adaptive responses such as resistance to anabolic signals, have recently been more precisely delineated.

MNI Grant 2016 is open for applications

March 15th, 2016

It is a great pleasure to remind you about the 2016 MNI Grant, which 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.

ESPEN Treasurer Election 2016

March 14th, 2016

The ESPEN Executive Committee hereby announces the procedure for election of the incoming ESPEN Treasurer 2016-2020. Two valid Candidacies from Professors Alastair Forbes and Zeljko Krznaric were received by the Executive Committee and unanimously considered admissible by the ESPEN Council during the Council meeting held in Nice, January 16-17 2016. The election between the two Candidates will be open on May 18th 2016.  According to regulations dictated by ESPEN Constitution (www.espen.org) that does not foresee a direct poll through internet voting, each ESPEN member having renewed their 2016 membership by this date will be invited to vote until May 29th 2016 as follows:

  1. Each current ESPEN member will receive an e-mail message with attached ballot form. Two statements from the two candidates will be also attached to the message. The message will be sent out by a third-party, that has been identified as the ESPEN Congress PCO (MCI Geneva).
  2. To express his-her vote, each member should print the ballot form and indicate their preference in writing.
  3. After voting, ballots should be scanned and resulting PDF files should be resent as email attachments to the same MCI email address.All ballot forms received according to this procedure by May 29th will be printed and stored anonymously by MCI representatives. Anonymous votes will be counted on May 30th in Geneva by two current ESPEN Executive Committee members. Results of the election will be announced thereafter.

    We invite you all to participate and hope that many members will take part in this important election.

    With best wishes

    ESPEN Executive Committee

ESPEN Experts’ course: Nutrition in the ICU

March 12th, 2016

A course for health practitioners (MD, RD, RN) is organized for ESPEN members to learn the practical approach of this technique in intensive care patients. The course is open to physicians, nurses and dieticians that will learn the technique and use it back in their unit and will be held in Tel-Aviv (Israel) in April (10th-11th).

A particular importance will be given to the interpretation of the results, which is not accessible from the literature. The course will be concluded by a test to assess the level of knowledge acquired as well as an evaluation sent directly by mail to ECPC. Travel and housing will not be provided but lunch, dinner and coffees are included.

You can find the final program and registration procedure here.

ESPEN Guidelines on Chronic Intestinal Failure is now available on line

March 8th, 2016

After long efforts from the team the ESPEN Guidelines on Chronic Intestinal Failure is now available on line. This new Guidelines is covering all the aspects of CIF and comes after the paper from the same group on the  new definition of CIF.

Congratulation to the author and the ESPEN HAN CIF groups and especially to Loris Pironi for leading this project.

A Yearly Prospective Multicenter Survey to know the outcome of patient with CIF

February 18th, 2016

ESPEN has recently devised the recommendations on “Definition and classification of intestinal failure in adults” (Clin Nutr. 2015;34:171-80) and the Guidelines on Chronic Intestinal Failure in Adults (Clin Nutr. 2016, in press).

In 2015, the HAN&CIF special interest group of ESPEN carried out an international cross-sectional survey to compare the HPN activity among Countries according to the ESPEN clinical classification of CIF. Sixty-five CIF centers from 22 Countries, participated in the study, enrolling about 3.300 patients who were on HPN for CIF at March 1st 2015. The study was carried out using a structured database. An abstract with the results will be submitted to the ESPEN Congress 2016.

The Home Artificial Nutrition & Chronic Intestinal Failure special interest group of ESPEN proposes to extend the 2015 survey, to investigate the association between the clinical classification of CIF and the patient outcome, concerning survival, intestinal rehabilitation, intestinal transplantation and HPN major complications. The study is based on a yearly one day data collection, March 1st, called “The CIF Action Day”.

Centers that contributed to the 2015 cross-sectional survey will receive a formal invitation letter to participate also in the prospective survey.

Center that did not contribute to the 2015 survey can join the study by sending a request to the study coordinator at loris.pironi@unibo.it.

International Course on metabolic and nutritional issues in the ICU

February 13th, 2016

International Couse on metabolic and nutritional issues in the ICU will be held in Brussels on May 31st and June 1st at the Erasme Hospital. The goals of this 2-day intensive and interactive course include

  • to provide an update on the physiological metabolic response to critical illness
  • to discuss proven and proposed underlying mechanisms
  • to gain insight into the clinical consequences of the metabolic response in terms of need for macro- and micro-nutrients
  • to provide an overview of the various clinical concerns and issues related to nutrition therapy
  • to present an update on pharmaconutrition

You can find more information on the course here (preliminary program).

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)