Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of ESPGHAN we are delighted to invite you to the 51st Annual Congress of ESPGHAN to be held from Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The 51st ESPGHAN Annual Meeting will be an extraordinary conference as we will be celebrating the 50 years anniversary of ESPGHAN!

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 50th congress held in Prague was attended by 4.700 delegates from 96 countries. The meeting offered more than 830 abstract presenters a stage to publish their latest research results. Thus, the congress offers a great platform to meet colleagues in your field from around the world to exchange new ideas and discuss the latest developments in these fields. In 2018 the scientific programme will once again include a wide range of sessions and symposia, a clinical track, post graduate courses as well as the hands-on endoscopy learning zone.

The 2018 host city of Geneva is ideally located in the heart of Europe. Nestled between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura Mountains, the city of Geneva is situated in the bay where the Rhône leaves Lake Geneva. As a host to many international organisations including the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the city is known as the Capital of Peace and is famous for its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair.

We look forward to welcoming you at Geneva and trust you will find your participation in the 51st ESPGHAN Congress fruitful and enjoyable.

Prof. Raanan Shamir
ESPGHAN President
Prof. Dominique C. Belli
Chair Local Organizing Committee

Scientific Programme

The scientific programme will bring together a fascinating and diverse mix of speakers providing cutting edge presentations and educational sessions making the 51st Annual Meeting a must-attend meeting for all colleagues based in the world of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

The programme will include recent advances and state of the art lectures covering the secret pathways from stress to inflammation, intestinal tissue engineering, multivisceral transplantation, exosomes in breast milk and state of the art lectures on many other aspects of basic research as well as clinical developments in the field of gastrointestinal disorders, liver diseases, and nutrition. There will be many opportunities during the 2018 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.