Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the ESPGHAN we are delighted to invite you to the 50th Annual Congress of ESPGHAN to be held from Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 May 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Every year the ESPGHAN meeting attracts the key opinion leaders in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition from across Europe and all five continents, turning it into the largest conference of its kind worldwide. The previous 49th congress held in Athens was attended by more than 4.000 delegates from 103 countries, and the positive feedback received on last year’s congress was overwhelming. The ever growing high attendance and the enthusiasm shared by the attendees motivates us to create an even more attractive scientific programme for the 50th annual meeting in Prague in 2017. This will include a wide range of scientific session and symposia as well as the clinical track, Post Graduate Courses and the hands-on Learning Zone.

The Czech state boasts a history spanning more than one thousand years and Prague is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Just like the splendid stone bridge connects both banks of the river Vltava, the 50th ESPGHAN annual meeting will provide the ideal platform for all participants to connect and network with each other and strengthen once again the friendship that binds its international audience.
With its rich cultural and historical atmosphere the capital city of Czech Republic is providing an extraordinary location for what promises to be another exciting and memorable Annual Meeting of ESPGHAN.

We look forward to welcoming you in Prague and trust you will find your participation in the 50th ESPGHAN annual meeting fruitful and enjoyable.

Prof. Raanan Shamir
ESPGHAN President
Dr. Jiri Bronsky
Chair Local Organizing Committee

Scientific Programme

The scientific programme of the 50th ESPGHAN Annual Meeting will bring together a fascinating and diverse mix of speakers providing cutting edge presentations and educational sessions making the 50th Annual Meeting a must-attend meeting for all colleagues based in the world of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Following the success of the Clinical Practice sessions in recent years  and the increasing interest in recent guidelines, the Scientific Committee is looking to expand this particular aspect of the programme taking in even more subjects and topics.

The programme will include recent advances and state of the art lectures covering ‘special’ diets in children, development of appetite, taste and food preferences, novelties in hepatology, liver transplantation and mitochondrial  disorders, epigenetics in gastrointestinal diseases, eosinophilic disorders, recent advances in IBD and many others  topics in the field of gastrointestinal disorders, liver diseases and nutrition. There will be many opportunities during the 2017 ESPGHAN Congress to network, discuss and share our clinical and research field interests, to present original works, to see old friends, and to meet new colleagues.