• 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:

  • 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 -

  • 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.


  • 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 ( 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!



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    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 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.

  • 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.


  • PROMISS (PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects in the EU)

    PROMISS (PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects in the EU) 

    PROMISS (PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects in the EU) is a multi-country project aiming to turn the challenge of tackling malnutrition in community-dwelling older persons into an opportunity for healthy ageing for the future.

    The PROMISS consortium contains worldwide expertise in epidemiology, clinical trials, geriatrics, nutrition, physical activity, microbiomics, as well as in behaviour, consumer, sensory  and computer sciences. It builds on strong collaborations with food industry and SMEs to strengthen innovation of the European agri-food sector and their market position. Existing data from scientifically well-established prospective aging cohorts and national nutritional surveys from Europe and ‘third countries’ will be combined with new data from short- and long-term intervention studies in older persons at risk. Its holistic approach will provide insight in the causality of the links between diet, physical activity, appetite and malnutrition and underlying pathways, thereby providing the necessary evidence to develop optimal, sustainable and evidence-based dietary and physical activity strategies to prevent malnutrition and enhance active and healthy aging. PROMISS will also deliver food concepts and products as well as persuasive technology to support adherence to these strategies. The dietary and physical activity strategies and food products will be specifically developed with older user involvement to meet the needs and fit the preferences of older consumers. In close collaboration with stakeholders, PROMISS will translate these strategies into practical recommendations to guide policy and health professionals at EU- and Member States level. Dissemination and implementation takes place through strong dissemination partners operating on an European level and linked to national networks across Member States. PROMISS promises prevention of malnutrition, additional healthy life years and a strengthening of EU’s food industry.

    Work packages:

    PERT diagram showing the overall relationship of work packages of the PROMISS project

    First results:

    • Older adults with a poor appetite consumed less protein and dietary fiber, less solid foods, smaller portion sizes, less wholegrains, and less fruits and vegetables than older adults with a very good appetite. They consumed more dairy foods, fats, oils, sweets and soda’s. (van der Meij et al. 2017)
    • Of those aged 85 years and older, 28% were below the commonly used protein intake target (0.8g of protein per kg of adjusted bodyweight per day). This group ate less meat, more cereals and drank more non-alcoholic beverages than those who had adequate protein intake. (Menonҫa et al. 2017)
    • Older adults with a lower protein intake seem to be at greater risk of developing mobility limitations over 6 years. (Houston et al. 2017)
    • Low protein intake may negatively affect muscle strength and physical performance in late life, and a combination of adequate protein intake and physical activity may be necessary to reduce the loss of muscle strength in the very old. (Granic et al. 2017)
    • Higher protein intake may lower the risk of developing chronic protein-energy malnutrition in community-dwelling older adults. (Hengeveld et al. 2018)
    • The Protein Screener 55+ (Pro55+) was developed and validated to screen for low protein intake in community-dwelling older people. An online version is available for researchers and can be found at (Wijnhoven et al. 2018)
    • Four different disability trajectories were identified between the ages of 85 and 90: 1) a constant very low disability trajectory (difficulty with none or 1 ADL)  over the 5 years; 2) a low disability trajectory (difficulty with 2 ADLs) that steadily progressed to mild disability (5 ADLs); 3) a mild disability score (4 ADLs) at 85 that increased to moderate disability (10 ADLs) by age 90; and 4) a moderate disability score (9 ADLs) that progressed to severe disability (14 ADLs) after 5 years. Those with higher protein intake, especially those at or above 1 g per kg of body weight per day (70g of protein per day for a 70 kg person), were less likely to develop disabilities. (Menonҫa et al. 2018)

    25 Partners:

    VrijeUniversiteit Amsterdam, Haskoli Islands University Iceland, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne United Kingdom, National Institute for public health and the environment The Netherlands, SyddanskUniversitet Denmark, GoeteborgsUniversitet Sweden, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research the Netherlands, VIVES University College Belgium, Ghent University Belgium, HAS University of Applied Sciences the Netherlands, Kellogg Management Services United Kingdom, Laboratoires Grand Fontaine Spain, Fonterra the Netherlands, Blonk Consultants the Netherlands, Frigilunch Belgium, Henri BV Belgium, University of Helsinki Finland, The European Federation of the Association of Dieticians the Netherlands, European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Luxemburg, European Geriatric Medicine Society Belgium, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen Nuernberg Germany, AGE platform Europe AISBL Belgium, Université de Sherbrooke Canada, Amsterdam AMC – location VU University Medical Center, HAN University of Applied Sciences the Netherlands.

    Contact & information:

    Please visit our website:

    Twitter: @PROMISS_VU 




  • The importance of clinical nutrition by former ESPEN President Prof. André Van Gossum

    The importance of clinical nutrition by former ESPEN President Prof. André Van Gossum

    NutritionInsight spoke with Professor André Van Gossum, M.D, European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Chairman at the 40th ESPEN Congress in Madrid, Spain, about the growing importance of nutritional therapies for clinical patients.

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