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of the European Society for Paedriatic Gastronentology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Welcome to the 50th Annual Meeting

10-13 May 2017 · Prague · Czech Republic
International Conference Centre

ESPGHAN 50th Annual Meeting Press Centre


ESPGHAN are pleased to welcome journalists from across the globe to the 50th Annual Meeting where they will be able to obtain first-hand expert research, opinion and information on numerous paediatric digestive, hepatological and nutritional health issues affecting the world today.

Press Releases

ESPGHAN’s press releases from the 50th Annual Meeting:

Press Release: Experts warn parents of the risks of getting vegan diets wrong in young children

(Prague, 11 May, 2017) Experts at the 50th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) are today warning that young children who follow a vegan diet without medical and dietary advice carry the risk of a number of nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B12, calcium, zinc and high quality protein, which can have potentially devastating health effects.

Infographic: Vegan Diets in Children


Press Release: Consumers misled by gluten-free foods, study finds.

(Prague, 11 May, 2017) Gluten-free products cannot be considered as sufficient substitutes for their gluten-containing counterparts, prompting scientists to call for the reformulation of gluten free items with healthier raw materials to ensure healthy childhood nutrition.

Infographic: Coeliac Disease in Children

Please note that this press release is embargoed until 00.01 CET, THURSDAY, 11 May, 2017.


Press Release: Study identifies a new test to predict severity of inflammatory bowel disease in children.

(Prague, 13 May, 2017) The results from a Norwegian study show that a new genetic test for characterising intestinal microbiota may help to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children and predict which children will develop the most extensive disease and need early, aggressive intervention.

Infographic: Paediatric IBD

Please note that this press release is embargoed until 00.01 CET, SATURDAY, 13 May, 2017.


To speak to any of the lead researchers, please contact James M. Butcher by emailing or calling +44 (0) 1444 811 099.


Press Centre

Registered members of the press are invited to use the press centre (Club H, Level 1).
Upon arrival, press members will be handed a press pack, containing all relevant congress information, press releases and press briefing details. Members of the press are also invited to arrange exclusive one-to-one interviews with leading experts whilst on-site at the congress.

The Press Centre will be open on Thursday, Friday and until noon on Saturday.

Press Policy

The use of the ESPGHAN name, ESPGHAN logo, and the congress logo in any fashion, by any commercial entity, for any purpose is expressly prohibited before, during and after a congress without prior written consent of ESPGHAN.

Picture taking, filming and recording of the Scientific Programme or any part of it is not allowed unless approved in writing by the Professional Congress Organisation acting on behalf of ESPGHAN.

Press and media interviews can be arranged on demand through ESPGHAN’s media agency, Spink Health. Please contact to arrange an interview.

The guidelines for press, media and publications are applicable for the publication of material and information on the internet. Given that all material presented at the congress is of public interest and not confidential anymore, ESPGHAN expects such publications to be accessible without prior registration to a site even if the registration is free.

Full details of the Annual Meeting guidelines, including the photography, and audio/visual recording policy can be found here.


Contact the ESPGHAN Press Office:

James M. Butcher


Telephone: +44 (0) 1444 811 099



ESPGHAN Press Office

The Hay Loft

Balcombe Place Stables

Balcombe / West Sussex

RH17 6QJ

United Kingdom


Registration for Press Representatives

Press pre-registration for journalists wishing to attend ESPGHAN is now closed, but you are very welcome to register on-site.

Members of the press must provide evidence of their press credentials during the registration process, these will be verified by ESPGHAN’s press agency, Spink Health.