The Pancreas Committee of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition aims to promote awareness of pediatric pancreatic diseases, support clinical and basic science research in the field, educate pediatric gastroenterologists, and advocate on behalf of pediatric patients with pancreatic disorders. At the 2017 Annual North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition meeting, the Pancreas Committee held a full day symposium on pediatric pancreatic diseases, entitled, “Frontiers in Pediatric Pancreatology.” The symposium served as a timely and novel academic meeting that brought together individuals with a vested interest in the care of children with pancreatic disorders. The objective of this day-long course was to update practicing gastroenterologists on the latest advances in research, management algorithms, endoscopic therapies, radiographic resources, surgical approaches, and novel drug therapies targeted to pediatric pancreatitis. Presentations were divided into 4 modules: diagnosis, risk factors, and natural history of pancreatitis; pancreatic imaging and exocrine function; management of pancreatitis; and new frontiers in pediatric pancreatitis research. The course fostered a unique ecosystem for interdisciplinary collaboration, in addition to promoting discussion and stimulating new research hypotheses regarding pediatric pancreatic disorders. Oral presentations by experts in various fields of pancreatology led to thought-provoking discussion; in addition, a meet-the-professor luncheon stimulated critical evaluation of current research in pediatric pancreatic diseases, highlighting knowledge gaps and future research endeavors. The current report summarizes the major learning points from this novel symposium focusing on the growing demographic of pediatric pancreatic diseases.
*Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
†Childrens’ Healthcare of Atlanta, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
‡Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
§Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
||Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH
¶Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Digestive Diseases Center, Los Angeles, CA
#Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of St. Louis, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
**Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
††Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seattle Children's Research Institute, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.
‡‡Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, MD
§§Department of Radiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
||||Stead Family Children's Hospital, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
¶¶Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Veronique D. Morinville, MDCM, FRCPC, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, B04.2443 1001 Blvd Decarie, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4A 3J1 (e-mail: Veronique.firstname.lastname@example.org); Sohail Z. Husain, MD, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, 4401 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (e-mail: email@example.com).
Received 28 April, 2018
Accepted 27 September, 2018
S.Z.H. and V.D.M. are co-senior authors.
The Symposium that was the basis to this work was supported in part by the NIH grant 1R13DK115222-01.
The authors report no conflicts of interest.