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Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition: September 2005 - Volume 41 - Issue 3 - pp 371-374

Brief announcements of interest to our readers are published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Notices must be received at least 5 months before publication date, must be typewritten double-spaced, and must be submitted in triplicate. Notices from Australia, New Zealand and the Americas should be sent to: Dr. Judith M. Sondheimer, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, The Children's Hospital, 1056 E. 19th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218 U.S.A. Notices from Europe, Asia, and Africa should be sent by mail to Dr. Alfredo Guarino, Department of Pediatrics University Federico II, Via S. Pansini, 5, 80131, Naples, Italy (or e-mail:

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2006 Pediatric Transplant Hepatology Certifying Examination

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) will issue a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. The ABP and The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will administer the first examination in pediatric transplant hepatology at a date to be determined by the ABIM in the fall of 2006. The examination will consist of a core examination for all examinees plus separate modules: one for adult liver diseases for internists and one for pediatric liver diseases for pediatricians. A copy of the eligibility criteria can be found on our Web site,

An applicant for the 2006 Pediatric Transplant Hepatology Examination must have a current pediatric gastroenterology certificate. Applicants must complete applications online atwww.abp.orgduring the registration period. Registration begins February 1, 2006, and extends through March 31, 2006 3:00 PM EST. Late registration begins April 1, 2006.

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Second International Pediatric GI - Hepatolgy Course Mansoura GI Unit, Pediatric Hospital, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt, November 19-24, 2005

This (Hands On) course is directed at trainees and consultants in pediatric gastroenterology and general pediatricians. It provides an update in the field of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology.

The course fee is 1000$ (includes scientific program, full accommodation).

For more information, contact Dr. Ahmed Abdalla e-mail: Fax: 20/50/2220679.

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Eighth Commonwealth Congress on Diarrhea and Malnutrition ICDDR,B, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 6-8 February 2006 Call for Abstracts

High-quality abstracts of direct relevance to the theme “Combating Malnutrition and Intestinal Diseases in Children: Are We Doing Enough?” are invited for the Congress. Topics include: Diarrhoeal diseases: Basic science and mucosal integrity; Vaccines for enteric diseases; Novel therapies for diarrhoea; Insights into persistent diarrhoea; Antimicrobial resistance of diarrheal pathogens; Innate immunity in the gut; Inflammatory bowel disease in developing countries; and Tropical enteropathy/coeliac disease. Nutrition: Management of severe malnutrition; Community-based nutrition services; Micronutrients, including zinc; Low birth-weight; Breastfeeding; Feeding of infant and young child; Obesity in the developing world; and Malnutrition and infections, including HIV. Hepatology: Viral hepatitis; Neonatal cholestasis; Nutrition during liver disease; and Liver involvement in systemic diseases. Child health: Child development; Integrated Management of Childhood Illness; Helicobacter pylori in children; Health systems research in child health; Ethics in child health research. Advocacy and social equity: Child rights and abuse; Knowledge to policy-identifying priority issues; Commercial advertising and child health (e.g. formula feeding and obesity). There will also be up-to-date keynote addresses, symposia, and debates covering recent scientific advances and programmatic considerations relevant to developing countries.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2005. Abstracts can be submitted as an attachment file to: or online at the Congress web site at For further information, please contact: Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed (e-mail:, Chair, Scientific Committee and Head, Nutrition Programme, ICDDR,B: Centre for Health and Population Research, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000 (Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212), Bangladesh. Fax: +(880-2) 9899225 and 8823116.

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ESPGHAN COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION SUMMER SCHOOL 2005 “Research Challenges In Clinical Nutrition” 4-9 September 2005 Eden Beach Hotel Club; Anavyssos; Athens, Greece Deadline for Submitting Applications: March 06, 2005

The ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition invites young researchers in nutrition to attend the next ESPGHAN Nutrition Summer School which will take place in Anavyssos, a small town near Athens, Greece, 25 km from Athens airport, 47 km from the centre of Athens. The Summer School will take place from 4th - 9th of September 2005 at the Eden Beach Hotel Club, and will focus on “Research Challenges in Clinical Nutrition”. During the 6 day course, a comprehensive program dedicated to various aspects of clinical nutrition with an emphasis on research challenges and methodology will be provided. The program will include combination of keynote lectures, interactive sessions and presentation of abstracts submitted by the participants. The key features of the scientific program will be the following: clinical nutrition and metabolism; assessment of growth, body composition and nutrient status; nutrition and disease; clinical trial design, methodology & good clinical practice. The participants will enjoy an intensive interaction with their peers and with faculty members in a place where a sense of history will surround them, providing a superb atmosphere for sharing knowledge and experience. A total number up to 35 delegates will be accepted for participation in the course. The selection of the candidates will be by the ESPGHAN Committee on Nutrition based on applications, C.V. with list of publications, and supporting letters by their supervisor and an ESPGHAN member. The course fee of 1200 Euro will include all costs for the course, syllabus, accommodation and meals. A number of sponsors have already indicated that they intend to generously support the course fee for a number of participants. Applications, C.V. and supporting letters should be sent by March 31, 2005 to the following address: Dr Alexandra Papadopoulou, M.D.“P & A Kyriakou” Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 67215, 15102 Melissia, Athens, GREECE. For further information please contact Dr Alexandra Papadopoulou (e-mail:

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The Nestlé Foundation Initiates enLINK -AS PROMOTION TO THE JOURNAL-

An electronic nutrition LINK offering free full text access to registered users in low-income countries, enLINK is a concerted action between a few highly interested nutrition journals, respectively their publishers, Ovid technologies and the Nestlé Foundation.

enLINK focuses on key human nutrition journals. At present, the library contains 11 scientific journals including JPGN that are searchable to anyone, and registered users have full text access to all new and back issues. An important additional information source is a core list of important internet links and resources in human nutrition, which will be updated regularly. Registered as well as non-registered users are able to use the search mode and obtain abstracts from all articles in the journal collection as well as further important information and important human nutrition related links. Important issues regarding the registration to enLINK are:

* Full text access is only available to registered researchers in human nutrition from low-income countries according to the world bank classification. Students are at present not eligible; upon a special request exceptions may be possible.

* An application form for registration can be obtained and submitted at

* It is obvious that not all applications can be accepted. Important criteria for acceptability of the registration are:

* the country where the application comes from

* the CV of the applicant-the applicant must be actively involved in human nutrition research

* the characteristics of the academic affiliation (e.g. availability of institutional support and library services, general infrastructure)

For further information and/or questions contact Paolo M. Suter, MD at the Nestlé Foundation (

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Joint ESPGHAN/NASPGHAN Single topic Conference on Controversies in Acute Liver Failure in Children 23rd September-24th September 2005 Venue: Conference Halls of The Royal Society of Medicine, London

The meeting is aimed at reaching consensus on various aspects of acute liver failure in children. The topics for discussion will include: Definition and Diagnosis, Transport of Children with Liver Failure, Management of Raised ICP Coauglopathy and Renal Failure, Sepsis, Role of Liver Assist Devices, Criteria for Listing for Transplantation and Outcome of Acute Liver Failure. The meeting will also provide the opportunity to discuss collaborative future research.

Places are limited to 120.

Course Directors: Dr Anil Dhawan, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS and Professor Robert Squires, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA.

For further information please contact: Julie Dawkins, Course Administrator, King's College Hospital, Paediatric Liver Unit, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS, U.K. Telephone 44 (0)20 7346 4643, e-mail:

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Third European Pediatric GI Motility Meeting Amsterdam, September 14-17, 2005 Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam

This third meeting will focus on recent discoveries on the regulation of neurons and interstitial cells of cajal, the role of inflammation on gastrointestinal function and on new developments in the pathophysiology, new diagnostic possibilities and new treatment modalities of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Furthermore, live demonstrations will give an update about the newest techniques used in pediatric gastroenterology (including gastric and rectal barostat and impedance). Investigators will present their basic or clinical research and discussions will be encouraged. World renowned scientists will give presentations during this 3-day-meeting.

Meeting venue: Academical Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Meeting language: English.

Abstract submission: Original scientific abstracts may be submitted for oral or poster presentation. Accepted abstracts will be published in JPGN and on the congress website. Submission on-line through congress website or via e-mail. or

Deadline for abstract submission: May 1, 2005.

Registration: Early registration before August 14 is € 450 and € 500 after August 14.

Please find the detailed program at

Scientific secretariat: Dr M.A. Benninga, Dr J.A. Taminiau, Dr G.E. Boeckxstaens

Organising secretariat: E.P.G.S.-AMC, Meibergdreef 9, NL-1105 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Contact: Mrs. Joy Goedkoop or Mrs. Elianette van Limburgh, telephone: +.31.20. 566 3926 or 566 6468, fax: +.31.20. 697 5594 or e-mail address see above.

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Asian Pacific Digestive Week 2005 September 25-28, 2005 COEX, Seoul, Korea

Hosted by APDW 2005 Organizing Committee in conjunction with Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE), Asian Pacific Society of Digestive Endoscopy (APSDE), Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), International Society for Digestive Surgery (ISDS)

Theme: “Rediscovery of Asia for Gastrointestinal Diseases”

Language: English is the official language and all printed materials will be published in English.


Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2005

Early-bird registration deadline: June 30, 2005

Contact information:

Secretary General: Jin-Ho Kim, M.D., Professor of Univ. of Ulsan

#1510 Hyosung Olympic County II, 175-12, Chamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-220, Korea

Tel: 82-2-412-0673/Fax: 82-2-412-0674/e-mail:

Scientific Program/Sponsorship & Exhibition: PR & Convention Team, CMPMedica Korea

4FI, BMS Bldg. 829-1 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-936, Korea

Tel: 82-2-558-4512/Fax: 82-2-561-4707/e-mail:

Registration/Accommodation/Tour: c/o Convention Team, Hanjin Travel Service, Co., Ltd.

5FI, Marine Center New Bldg., 51 Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-070, Korea

Tel: 82-2-726-5551/Fax: 82-2-778-2514/e-mail:

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16th Annual Course in Paediatric Gastroenterology and 8th Masterclass in Modern Endoscopy 28th November-1st December 2005 Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG Course Directors: Alan Phillips and Mike Thomson Course Manager: Mrs Rivka Persoff Contact Details: tel 0207 830 2779, fax 0207 830 2146 E-mail:

The Gastroenterology Course is intended for trainees and consultants in paediatric gastroenterology, as well as general paediatricians who wish to develop an interest in this field. The course provides an annual update of advances in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, at both the clinical and research levels. There will also be “meet the expert” sessions to discuss practical issues and difficult cases.

The Endoscopy Course is intended for paediatricians who refer children for endoscopic procedures, paediatricians considering setting up an endoscopy service, paeditric endoscopists in training, and established endoscopists. Video-linked, live endoscopy sessions will be interlaced with personal experience lectures and oppurtunities for active discussion.

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