• 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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    The conditions for applying to an educational ESPEN grant are:

    • < 45 years old
    • No previous recipient of an ESPEN educational grant
    • Background of dietitian, medical doctor, nurse or pharmacist


    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 2021. 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 ( Deadline of application is March 28th 2021, 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.


    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.


  • Investigating about the current practice of managing the catheter related blood stream infection during HPN

    Investigating about the current practice of managing the catheter related blood stream infection during HPN

    Please share your clinical opinion regarding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of central venous catheter related bloodstream infection and contribute to knowledge and better care!

    The Home Artificial Nutrition and Chronic Intestinal Failure special interest group of ESPEN will be grateful if you could take the survey: click here to take the survey

  • LLL – Board invites you to join WEBINAR-T-LLL course for teachers!

    LLL – Board invites you to join WEBINAR-T-LLL course for teachers!


    With the increasing number of webinars, we organise a SPECIAL one for LLL teachers!

    IF YOU are already TLLL certified teacher, you can upgrade your “know-how” for LLL Webinars

    IF YOU are interested to join the TLLL team you can apply as well.

    Please find the detailed information here

  • Manifesto for the Implementation of Nutrition Education released by Rocco Barazzoni, Maurizio Muscaritoli and Cristina Cuerda.

    NEMS Press Release

    Medical doctors should be trained in Basic, Applied and Clinical Nutrition and Universities can use new tools to do so... because Food is Life! 

    Manifesto for the Implementation of Nutrition Education released by Rocco Barazzoni, Maurizio Muscaritoli and Cristina Cuerda.

  • MNI - Grant deadline extended until June 15, 2020

    MNI - Grant deadline extended until June 15, 2020

    The MNI grant rewards national initiatives or research projects for Optimal Nutritional Care.

    The objective is to support and/or inspire high quality initiatives. Over the past 10 years, the MNI Grant has supported or stimulated ambitious initiatives – endorsed by PEN (or sister) societies worldwide – which have contributed to improving nutritional care policies at national level. 

    The 2020 MNI Grant criteria have been enlarged to include initiatives on nutritional care of individuals with (risk of) SARS-CoV-2 and the deadline has been extended of an additional month, until 15 June 2020. >>

    Flyer MNA Grant 2020 (PDF)


  • Next ESPEN Treasurer

    Next ESPEN Treasurer

    The ESPEN Executive Committee is pleased to announce the next ESPEN Treasurer:
    Prof. Stéphane M. Schneider.


    This is the result of the ESPEN Treasurer election 2020. On Tuesday, July 7th 2020, two members of the Executive Committee (connected via videoconference) and a Notary counted the votes at the MCI office in Geneva, Switzerland. 

    The counting revealed that the majority of participating ESPEN members (190 from 370 votes) voted for Prof. Stéphane Schneider to become the next ESPEN Treasurer. 

    According to the constitution the result of this election will be presented at the next ESPEN Congress in September 2020 for final approval by the General Assembly. 

    We wish Professor Schneider a fruitful and successful term of office and we would like to thank both candidates, Prof. Dileep Lobo and Prof. Stéphane Schneider for their candidacy and by this for their enthusiasm and willingness to serve for ESPEN.

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

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

    The challenge of malnutrition

    With the European population growing older, the challenge is to keep an increasing number of seniors across all European countries healthy and active.

    In Europe, between 13.5 % and 29.7 % of older adults living at home are malnourished or at risk of protein energy malnutrition.

    PROMISS aims to better understand and ultimately prevent protein energy malnutrition in seniors. Thereby, PROMISS will contribute to improve active and healthy ageing

    PROMISS activities

    Within PROMISS, malnutrition is tackled with a specific focus on the prevention of protein-energy malnutrition.

    To do so, PROMISS makes use of large scale databases to understand the relationships between food intake, food characteristics, physical activity, the oral and gut microbiota, and poor appetite, malnutrition and poor health among older adults. Preferences and attitudes of older persons with regard to food intake and physical activity are also identified.

    Based on the outcomes of this research, PROMISS has developed optimised, sustainable and evidence-based dietary and physical activity strategies, which are now being tested for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in a long-term intervention study.

    The project will show whether these strategies together with new food concepts and products will prevent malnutrition and support active and healthy ageing.

    Next steps

    The feasibility of increasing protein intake in older persons with a low protein intake, and the potential beneficial effect on relevant clinical outcomes are currently under study in our project.

    To disseminate on the final outcomes, PROMISS will also produce:

    •             a roadmap that outlines the steps, goals, milestones and deliverables for product development.

    •             a masterclass training course that translates scientific results of PROMISS for the food industry and small and medium enterprises.

    A list of continuously updated research highlights can be found here:

    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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  • UEG public affairs report and action plan on nutrition

    UEG public affairs report and action plan on nutrition


    View report here (PDF document)

  • Video Message from Rocco Barazzoni, ESPEN Chairman

    Video Message from Rocco Barazzoni, ESPEN Chairman


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