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  • 2 billion adults overweight, 600 million obese and 462 million malnourished

    WHO and ESPEN join forces

    2 billion adults overweight, 600 million obese and 462 million malnourished... contributing to 60% of cardiovasc death and 35% tumor death. In hospital, you have a 35% chance of 'disease-related' malnutrition. Dr Joao Breda and Dr. Kremlin Wickramasinghe from World Health Organization (WHO) join our battle in Nice.

     

  • 2018 MNI Grant

    2018 MNI Grant


    The MNI grant rewards national initiatives or research projects for Optimal Nutritional Care. The objective is to support and/or inspire high quality initiatives. For more information check the following webpage: http://medicalnutritionindustry.com/grant/mni-grant/

  • 25th ESPEN course of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care held in Croatia

    25th ESPEN course of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care held in Croatia

    Croatia was the host of the 25th ESPEN course in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic care that was held in Zagreb, from the 5th until the 10th of October 2018. The course, that was organized by the Croatian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, gathered participants from all over the world.  The global, multiethnic and mulitcultural character of the course, as its quality and academic excellence, was confirmed by bringing together 100 participants from 26 countries (Hungary, Thailand, Latvia, Austria, Italy, South Korea, Egypt, India, Poland, Finland, Slovenia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Cyprus, France, Estonia and Croatia) and lecturers from 13 countries  (France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Poland, Latvia, Austria, Serbia, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Croatia).The aforementioned is a clear acknowledgement of the growing interest in clinical nutrition and also the growing popularity of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.

    During the course the participants had the opportunity to enhance their knowledge by listening to more than 25 concise lectures of latest scientific data regarding clinical nutrition and metabolic care in every day practice. Furthermore, they participated in LLL courses focused on oral and enteral nutrition in adults and the approach to parenteral nutrition.

    The quality of the ESPEN course is also confirmedthrough various workshops, case presentations and discussions held by both lecturers and participant ensuring active, intellectually rich participation by both parties.In addition, the added value of the course is that it provides an opportunity for participants and lecturers to share expertise and cross-fertilise ideas. Lastly, by educating MDs, nutritionists, pharmasists and continuously raising awareness on the importance of clinical nutrition and metabolic care the ESPEN courseis ensuring thekeypreconditionsfor optimal nutritional care for patients all over the world.

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    The 25th ESPEN course in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic care

    The 25th ESPEN course in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic care

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    All participants and lecturers of the 25th ESPEN course

    All participantsandlecturersofthe 25th ESPEN course

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    The 25th ESPEN course organizing committee

    The 25th ESPEN course organizing committee

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    LLL Workshop on acute pancreatitis

    LLL Workshop on acute pancreatitis

    View the Program for the 25th ESPEN Course in Croatia - here -

  • 26th ESPEN Course of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care held in Slovenia

    26th ESPEN Course of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care held in Slovenia

    AIMS 
    • To provide clinically relevant information about clinical nutrition and metabolism 
    • To improve knowledge about classification of clinical nutrition concepts and how to introduce the process of nutritional care in clinical work 
    • To introduce the LLL programe 

    click here for more information

     

  • 6th ESPEN Symposium Perioperative Nutrition - Nottingham, UK

    6th ESPEN Symposium Perioperative Nutrition - Nottingham, UK

    A very successful ESPEN Symposium united people from 12 countries who joined us for a fantastic meeting with focus on the Scientific basis of Perioperative Nutrition’

    Join us next time!

    109 people from 12 countries joined us for a fantastic meeting with focus on the Scientific basis of Perioperative Nutrition.

     

  • 7th ESPEN Symposium 'How to best assess energy requirements?'

    7th ESPEN Symposium 'How to best assess energy requirements?' celebrating 100 years of the Harris Benedict Equation click here for more information

  • Application for Associate Editorship of Clinical Nutrition

    Application for Associate Editorship of Clinical Nutrition

    The Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nutrition, Prof. NEP Deutz, is pleased to announce that the call for Applications for Associate Editorship of Clinical Nutrition is open.

    The closing date for applications is 31 March 2020.

    Application form can be downloaded here.

    A decision will be made by the end of May 2020 !

    https://www.journals.elsevier.com/clinical-nutrition

  • Coronavirus, A word from ESPEN

    Coronavirus, A word from ESPEN

    The COVID-19 pandemics is posing unprecedented challenges and threats to patients and healthcare systems worldwide. The ESPEN community includes thousands of healthcare professionals that are primarily involved in fighting COVID-19, from ICUs to internal medicine Departments to general hospitals around the world. Saving lives from acute complications is the first goal for all of us. Still we need to remind ourselves and our non-nutritionist Colleagues that nutritional status and nutritional care play a very relevant role in defining both short- and long-term outcomes of our patients.

    Unfortunately, we are being once more sadly reminded in the growing COVID-19 patient population that older, frail and comorbid individuals are those more at risk for negative outcomes, with major threats and risks arising from related malnutrition. We also know that patients surviving acute complications through long ICU stays will face further worsening or new onset of malnutrition and wasting.

    Under difficult times of high pressure, and indeed all the more for that, we therefore must aim at following recommendations for best-practice in nutritional care to improve our patients outcomes. While we are finalizing further ad-hoc documents which will be available soon, you may refer to our recent and up-to-date material for direct guidance in nutritional care, including but not limited to ICUpolymorbid, geriatrics and home care nutrition patients.

    Fully available educational material from our Lifelong Learning Programme LLL can also be found online and downloadable at lllnutrition.com.

    Along with ESPEN’s commitment to provide support and guidance, we send you our heartfelt wishes in fighting this unprecedented battle.

    Rocco Barazzoni                                Matthias Pirlich                                 Zeljko Krznaric

    ESPEN Chairman                               ESPEN Secretary                               ESPEN Treasurer

  • ESPEN Early Career Faculty

    ESPEN Early Career Faculty

    The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) is pleased to announce calls for application for the position of Early Career Faculty.

    Eligibility for applicants
    1. Must be within 10 years after obtaining PhD/MD/Other higher degree and below the age of 40
    2. Must be a member of ESPEN (with subscription being current)
    3. Must be employed in an academic institution and have clinical/research experience in Clinical Nutrition, Metabolism, or related areas
    4. The applicants could be clinicians, translational or basic scientists, or nutritionrelated health care professionals (e.g. nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, etc.)
    5. The applicants should provide evidence of support from the Clinical Nutrition/PEN Society in their country of work
    6. Appointments will be for three years and renewable for one more term, subject to performance
    7. No more than four positions will be awarded to each member country
    8. Applications for 2019 must be submitted on the prescribed form by 31 March 2019 to Professor Dileep Lobo (espen.fellowships@gmail.com) with the subject line “ESPEN Early Career Faculty 2019”
    9. Results will be announced in May 2019

    Expectations of ESPEN from Early Career Faculty
    1. To attend ESPEN Congresses regularly (ESPEN will not be able to defray expenses, unless specifically invited)
    2. To review at least 5 articles per year for Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition ESPEN or Clinical Nutrition Experimental
    3. To review and score abstracts submitted to the annual ESPEN Congress
    4. To participate in the writing of ESPEN Guidelines if invited
    5. To moderate sessions (oral and poster) at the annual ESPEN Congress if invited
    6. To develop, update and participate in LLL Modules if invited 

    Advantages for Early Career Faculty
    1. Will be part of a very vibrant society, given the opportunity to participate in scientific, educational and research activities and network with peers
    2. Opportunity to progress to ESPEN Faculty positions
    3. Opportunity of seeing and commenting on scientific papers before they are published
    4. Opportunity to progress to the Editorial Boards of Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition ESPEN and Clinical Nutrition Experimental

  • ESPEN family meets in Nice, France ’Wintermeeting 2019’

    ESPEN family meets in Nice, France ’Wintermeeting 2019’

    The Executive Committee was happy to work with the Scientific, Educational and Clinical Practice and associated Committees to look back at 2018 and plan 2019 and future strategies. The most exciting part was to see all Council Country Representatives from over 40 countries around the world and feel all the combined energy people have to fight malnutrition and help patients in different fields. A positive, hardworking and determined group, but first of all, a warm family!

     

     

    Photo Gallery

    Browse the ESPEN Photo Gallery with pictures of ESPEN ’Wintermeeting 2019’ - click here -

  • ESPEN guideline on clinical nutrition in the intensive care unit

    ESPEN guideline on clinical nutrition in the intensive care unit

    New ICU Guidelines available on the website! Please go to Guidelines section, read and implement!

  • ESPEN guidelines: Online voting and Consensus Conference

    ESPEN guidelines: Online voting and Consensus Conference

    The online voting for the upcoming ESPEN guidelines “ESPEN guideline on Clinical nutrition in Pancreas Disease” coordinated by Marianna Arvanitaki and “ESPEN guideline on Home Parenteral Nutrition” coordinated by Loris Pironi is now available at the guideline services platform. For access please contact the ESPEN guideline office guidelines-office[at]espen[dot]org.

    The Consensus Conference on these ESPEN guidelines takes place on Monday, 29th April 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) in the meeting rooms of the Fraport Conference Center at the Frankfurt airport. For further information and registration (possible until 1st April 2019) please also contact the ESPEN guidelines office.

  • ESPEN guidelines: Online voting and Consensus Conference

    ESPEN guidelines:
    Online voting and Consensus Conference

    The online voting for the upcoming ESPEN guidelines “ESPEN guideline on hospital nutrition” coordinated by Ronan Thibault and “ESPEN guideline on clinical nutrition in hospitalized patients with kidney failure” coordinated by Enrico Fiaccadori is now available at the guideline services platform. For access please contact the ESPEN guideline office guidelines-office[at]espen[dot]org.

    The Consensus Conference on these ESPEN guidelines takes place on Monday, 27th April 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) in the meeting rooms of the Fraport Conference Center at the Frankfurt airport. For further information and registration (possible until 1st April 2020) please also contact the ESPEN guidelines office.

     

  • ESPEN RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS 2020

    ESPEN RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS 2020

     

    Research projects valued at €10,000-40,000 will be considered for funding. Part funding for studies that have already been funded by other bodies may be considered (proof of funding award must be provided).

    The applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:


    1. Absolute

    a. Current ESPEN Membership of the main applicant AND the project supervisor. The membership dues for 2020 should have been paid
    latest by 1 April 2020.
    b. Ethical approval/Animal licence (proof of approval or submission must be provided latest by 15 May 2020).
    c. The work must be undertaken in a recognised institution (University or University-affiliated Hospital/Laboratory)
    d. No more than one application per research group.
    e. No more than two projects will be supported within one country and one per institution. Persons outside Europe may apply provide
    they fulfil criterion 1a.
    f. Applications must be within budget (i.e. not more than € 40,000).
    g. Full economic costing must be provided and signed for by a grant manager of the institution/representative of the finance department (The supervisor should not sign this part of the application).
    h. No salary costs other than for the main applicant will be considered.
    i. As ESPEN will support presentation of the completed research at a future ESPEN Congress, please do not apply for conference costs.
    j. The main applicant must be a researcher (clinical or basic science) in training below the age of 35 years on 31st August 2020.
    k. The application must be on the prescribed form and within the word limit. The application must be submitted as a single document.
    l. No additional documentation apart from proof of ethical approval/animal licence should be submitted.
    m. Completed applications must be submitted by email by 1700 hours CET) on 15 April 2020 to Professor Dileep Lobo, Chair, Scientific Committee, ESPEN espen.fellowships@gmail.com with the subject heading: ESPEN Fellowship 2020 Application. All necessary signatures must be on the application.
    n. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
    o. The Fellowship award will not be transferred to individuals, but only to an institutional account. 75% of the Fellowship will be awarded at the start of the project and the remaining 25% on receipt of a satisfactory progress report 18 months later.


    2. Relative

    a. Quality of the science/project design
    b. Feasibility of the project (time lines should be provided)
    c. Quality of applicant (bearing in mind this is a fellowship for researchers at an early stage of their careers)
    d. Track record of institution and supervisor
    e. Authenticity of budget. Approval must be obtained from the finance department of the institution prior to submission.
    f. Value for money


    3. Signatures must be obtained from an appropriate institution representative (grant manager/finance department) AND from the project supervisor assuring the following:

    a. Justification of the costs – full economic costing is essential
    b. Completion of the project
    c. Presentation at ESPEN Congress within 3 years of award

  • ESPEN WINTER MEETING 2020

    ESPEN Winter Meeting 2020

    Wintermeeting in Nice: From Australia www.auspen.org.au to Saudi Arabia www.sda.org.sa : 43 National Society representatives united in Nice, France at the ESPEN Wintermeeting to work, dream and make it happen: Practice, education, research and awareness on clinical nutrition and metabolism all over the world. Because we owe it to our patients...

     

  • ESPEN Workshops Good Pharmaceutical Practices for Parenteral Nutrition (PN) Compounding

    ESPEN Workshops Good Pharmaceutical Practices for Parenteral Nutrition (PN) Compounding

    On 19–20th October2018 the 3rd ESPEN Workshops Good Pharmaceutical Practices for Parenteral Nutrition (PN) Compounding

    Course brought together 10 participants from five different countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Malta and Poland) interested in PN compounding in Cracow, Poland. The course turned out to be highly appreciated by the participants. Overall quality was assessed between Good and Excellent. We thank all the participants, speakers and organizers for this nice event!

    View Report 2018 here 

  • ESPEN-ESNM GI dismotility survey

    ESPEN-ESNM GI dismotility survey

      

    We ask your attention for a few minutes to contribute your knowledge on severe gastrointestinal dysmotility in adults.

    GI dysmotility represents a common cause of intestinal failure, but opinions on diagnosis and management differ amongst clinical practitioners in Europe.

    The HAN & CIF Special Interest Group of ESPEN  & Chair of ESNM would appreciate it if you could take the survey by clicking here!

    We are aiming at 200 contributions so please go for it!

    More info attached.

  • European Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month

    European Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month

    Raising awareness of CRC, as well as call for EU and Member State political actions and commitments – such as the implementation of organised CRC screening programmes – to help reduce the burden of CRC across Europe. Please use, share and disseminate any of the below resources to your networks and on social media:

    CRC manifesto – ‘Coordinating European Action Against Colorectal Cancer’. View & download here.

    Face Up To Colorectal Cancer animation. View here.

    Colorectal Screening Across Europe leaflet. View and download here.

    CRC animated GIFs. View and download download here.

    Further information, statistics, infographics and resources on CRC can be viewed on our website. Click here.

  • GLIM! Global Consensus for Diagnosing Malnutrition.

    GLIM! Global Consensus for Diagnosing Malnutrition.

    Your patient has: Body weight loss, low BMI or loss of Muscle Mass combined with Reduced Food Intake or Inflammation/disease?à Malnutrition positive!

    The nutrition world agrees, now it’s up to you...

    Experts from Europa, America, Asia created an easy way to diagnose malnutrition, an insidious disease undermining one out of three patients and their therapies all over the world. As treatment options exist, health care practitioners can make a difference… and now they have an easy tool to take a first step.

     

  • Information on Training

    ESPEN Initiative on Educational Training

    ESPEN Training Centres

    Aim

    To provide ESPEN members with a web-based platform for clinical nutrition training opportunities, at national, regional and international level. The platform provides the name and first contact of Training centres for clinical nutrition, for trainees who would like to deepen their knowledge and abilities in clinical nutrition.

    TRAINING CENTERS

    Up to 4 centers per country have been identified and proposed by each ESPEN Council member for his/her country. Information on the training centers, including the contact persons, is available here. All training centers have experience in teaching, space for trainees and have at least two trainers in their team who are ESPEN members. ESPEN cannot provide any further information on the training centers than that found on the website. Direct contact with the center is suggested in case more information is needed.

    Please note that for practical reasons the Training centers have no obligation to accept a trainee, nor to provide any kind of financial support, including any local-national insurances or assistance for recognition of professional qualifications. In case the training center agrees to host the trainee, they commit to provide training in clinical nutrition, including routine enteral and parenteral nutrition options and techniques, in hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Additional arrangements can be made on a personal basis for specific topics of training if desirable for the trainee and feasible and acceptable for the Training center. After agreement, the training center will provide to the trainee an invitation letter before the stay, regular feedback during the stay, and a letter of attendance at the end of the stay.

    TRAINEE – TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

    The trainee has two options to apply for training in clinical nutrition in training centers:

    1. TRAINING WITH AN ESPEN EDUCATIONAL GRANT

    The trainee applies for an ESPEN educational grant. ESPEN has instituted and offers a new Educational grant of 1.000 Euros per person, with a maximum of 15 people granted by year. Awardees will be selected by the Educational and Clinical Practice Committee (ECPC) of ESPEN and submitted for approval to the chairperson of the Scientific Committee and Executive Committee of ESPEN.

    Conditions

    The conditions for applying to an educational ESPEN grant are:

    • < 45 years old
    • No previous recipient of an ESPEN educational grant

    Requirements

    The requirements for applying to an ESPEN educational grant are:

    • Letter of recommendation by the applicant’s national PEN society, not older than January 1st 2020. Commitment or intention for the applicant to be active in the national PEN society will be considered as an advantage. Of note, a PEN society can only support two applications per year.
    • Letter of invitation by the selected training center. The latter should mention the aim of the training and the duration.
    • Curriculum vitae of the applicant
    • Application form for the ESPEN Educational grant to be found here

    Please be aware that if any document is missing, the application will not be considered for selection.

    These 4 documents have to be sent to the ECPC chairperson (laurence.genton@hcuge.ch). Deadline of application is May 3rd 2020, at midnight CET. No late application will be accepted. The awardees will be notified by e-mail and are responsible to communicate the result to the national PEN Society.

    For the Educational Grant, ESPEN will act as provider of the platform containing the possible training centers, as indicated by the national PEN societies. ESPEN will select the awardees and is responsible for notification of the results. Please note that ESPEN cannot be responsible for any administrative procedures and workload,or for any issue related to training, including accreditation of professional and previous diplomas and credentials in case of international training, insurance, any financial coverage beyond the Educational grant itself. ESPEN should receive a copy of the letterof attendance from the trainee at the end of the stay.

    1. TRAINING WITHOUTAN ESPEN EDUCATIONAL GRANT

    In this option, the trainee does not apply for an ESPEN educational grant. The trainee may contact directly the training center of his/her interest to discuss opportunities and modalities for training, including rules and obligations of both parties.

    In this case, ESPEN should be considered as a facilitator by providing the training center platform, with centers indicated by the national PEN societies. ESPEN is not able to offer assistance and cannot be responsible for administrative work related to the process of contact, selection, decision and practical administrative arrangements. As stated above, for practical reasons no training center can be obliged to accept to provide training at any time; the training period, duration and modalities should be arranged between the trainee and the potential training center. Also in this case, please note that ESPEN cannot be responsible for administrative procedures related to training,including recognition of previous diplomas and professional qualifications in case of international training,local or national insurance,and any financial coverage.

     

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