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Chairs: M. Conio, IT - P.D. Siersema, NL - M. Wallace, US

The aim of this Masterclass is to provide an update of the role of endoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal neoplasia. The Masterclass is specifically addressed to junior specialists and each topic will be analysed in a systematic and propaedeutic way, from basic to the most complex and difficult procedures. The Masterclass will consist of a series of focused presentations, update lectures and video sessions. Presenters will be using case illustrative examples and high quality video throughout the programme.

The most recent advances in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy will be presented; technical devices will be critically analysed according to the data obtained from evidence-based results of the literature.

High level interaction between the faculty and the audience will be facilitated throughout the course and clinical case discussions in groups will be scheduled each day where the participants’ clinical cases will be discussed. The importance of the multidisciplinary approach to gastrointestinal cancers will be elaborated.

Together with gastroenterologists, interventional radiologists, surgeons and oncologists, participants will be actively involved both in the presentations and in the discussions.

The key aim of the course is to illustrate that endoscopy may offer its best potential particularly when it is part of a comprehensive clinical evaluation of the patient.

• Update on epidemiology of gastrointestinal cancers and precancerous conditions/lesions
• Appraise the role of endoscopy in several scenarios.
• Discuss cancer genetics and the role of endoscopy.
• Update on endoscopic diagnostic approaches and endotherapy in a multidisciplinary perspective.
• Update on technological innovations.
• Discuss indications and limits of endoscopy and methods to acquire competency in endoscopy.
• Competency in endoscopy but also in clinical research: how to prepare a research protocol

The Masterclass offers plenary lectures regarding state-of-the-art clinical evaluation and treatments with reference to clinical guidelines, which will be concluded in take-home messages.
Participants will deliver case presentations within small groups and discuss these with the chairs and the faculty.
Admitted participants will be requested to take part in the whole event. The Masterclass will be entirely in English and fluency in English is necessary for admission.

• Is a 4-day residential, educational and practical event
• Presents full covering of premalignant lesions and malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract
• Is clinically and multi-disciplinary-oriented
• Includes an international faculty of top experts delivering lectures and holding interactions focusing on the management of esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and colon cancer
• Provides interaction with other junior specialists from various countries and the experts
• Is located at a teaching hospital

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Under the patronage of:    




M. Conio, Sanremo Hospital, Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Sanremo, IT
I. Gralnek, Emek Medical Center, Gastroenterology Dept., Afula, IL
L. Moons, University Medical Center Utrecht, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Utrecht, NL
M. Müller, DKD Helios Klinik Wiesbaden, Department of Gastroenterology, Weisbaden, DE
M. Mutignani, ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda, Digestive Endoscopy Dept, Milan, IT
I. Nagtegaal, Radboud University Medical Center, Dept. of Patholohy, Njimegen, NL
H. Neumann, University Medical Center Mainz, Interdisciplinary Endoscopy Center, Mainz, DE
M. Palazzo, European Hospital of Marseille, Digestive Disease Medical Department., Aix-en-Provence, FR
M. Pennazio, City of Health and Science University Hospital, University Division of Gastroenterology, Turin, IT
R. Pouw, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Gastroenterology Dept., Naarden, NL
J. Regula, Institute of Oncology, Medical Centre for Postgraduate Education, Gastroenterology Dept.,Warsaw, PL
S. Rodriguez, Ruber Juan Bravo Hospital, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Service, Madrid, ES
P.D. Siersema, Radboud University Medical Center, Dept. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Njimegen, NL
M. Spaander, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, Department of Gastroenterology, Rotterdam, NL
P.J. Tanis, Academic Medical Centre, Department of surgery, Amsterdam, NL
E. Vazquez-Sequeiros
, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Dept. of Gastroenterology, Madrid, ES
R. Verhoeven
, Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation, Research & Development Dept, Utrecht, NL
M. Wallace, Mayo Clinic, Gastrointestinal Dept. Jacksonville, US
P. Zhou, Fundan University, Zhongsham Hospital, Shanghai, CN


General information

European School of Oncology
Piazza Indipendeza 2, 6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland
Luis Carvalho, Ph: +41 91 820 09 58, E-mail: lcarvalho@eso.net

Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE) and to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).
EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA).
Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the organising secretariat.
Participants will be entitled to receive a certificate of attendance at the close of the event by completing the on-line evaluation questionnaire.

The Masterclass will be held in English and translation will not be provided.

The organizers bear no responsibility for untoward events in relation to the participation in the Conference. Participants are advised to take out their own personal and travel insurance coverage.



Attendance is limited to 50 participants and admittance is by competitive application only.
Successful applicants are granted free registration but a contribution to the total cost of the masterclass (EUR 300 for 3-night stay) and travel are to be covered by the participants.

• Young specialists (40 years or younger) in gastroenterology and endoscopy
• Interest in clinical research
• Fluency in English

Interested candidates should apply online (at the top of this page) providing:
• Letter describing motivation for attending;
• Supporting letter from head of department or mentor;
• Curriculum vitae;
• Clinical case abstract (see below).

Applicants are requested to submit an abstract describing a clinical case related to one of the subjects of the Masterclass (esophageal, gastric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and colon cancers).
It is suggested that, among the subjects of the Masterclass, the clinical case reflects the participants daily practice that could contribute to the overall contents of the masterclass. Candidates should avoid the selection of very rare and uncommon cases.
The clinical case abstract should include diagnostic considerations, treatment, results and follow-up, and at least three questions proposed for discussion.
Admitted participants will have the opportunity to present the clinical case in the format of a clinical grand round discussion to the chairs, other faculty members and participants.
The one-page abstract should be submitted on-line using the template (available at the bottom of this page), or by entering it in the application form.

The application outcome will be notified by e-mail by 25 November.


Before you start completing the online application form, please be sure you have all the requested files (CV, Motivation letter, Supporting letter, Professional experience template and Abstract template) ready to be uploaded to the system. Online applications will not be complete unless all the files are uploaded.

•  Download HERE your Abstract template
•  Download HERE your Professional experience template


31 January

13:30   Registration
14:00   Welcome
14:15   Gastrointestinal cancers - Epidemiology and risk factors
R. Verhoeven, NL
14:35   Surveillance of Barrett’s esophagus - Is it worth the effort or can it be stopped in subgroups of patients?
R. Pouw, NL
14:55   When to perform esophageal resection or ablation in Barrett’s esophagus?
M. Wallace, US
15:15   Coffee break
14:45   When is endoscopic resection considered curative and when to perform surgery?
R. Pouw, NL
16:05   Discussion
16:35   Video session
M. Conio, IT - R. Pouw, NL - M. Wallace, US
17:00   Group sessions (3 groups)
Clinical case presentations by participants (3 x 5 cases x 15')
18:35   Update lecture: Small-bowel capsule endoscopy and device-assisted enteroscopy for diagnosis and treatment of small-bowel tumors    
M. Pennazio, IT
18:55   Discussion
19:15   Bus to the hotel
20:00   Welcome dinner at the hotel


 1 February

8:20   Bus to the venue
9:00   Novel developments in endoscopic mucosal imaging
M. Wallace, US
9:20   Update lecture: When to perform endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) or endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for early esophageal squamous cancer?
P. Zhou, CN
9:50   Palliation of advanced esophageal cancer
P. Siersema, NL
10:10   Discussion
10:25   Video session
P. Siersema, NL - M. Wallace, US - P. Zhou, CN
11:00   Coffee break
11:30   Treatment options for achalasia, including long-term effects
P. Zhou, CN
11:50   Endoscopic management of post-esophagectomy anastomotic complications (strictures, perforations)
M. Conio, IT - P. Siersema, NL
12:10   Discussion
12:20   Video session
M. Conio, IT - P. Siersema, NL - P. Zhou, CN
12:55   Lunch
13:55   Update lecture: Endoscopic and clinicopathological characteristics of early gastric cancer
P. Zhou, CN
14:15   Surveillance of atrophic gastritis in Western countries – fact or fiction?
M. Spaander, NL
14:35   Endoscopic removal of mucosal submucosal tumors in the stomach
P. Zhou, CN
14:55   Discussion
15:10   Video session
M. Spaander, NL -  P. Zhou, CN
16:00   Coffee break
16:30   Update lecture: Quality improvement initiatives in gastrointestinal endoscopy
P. Zhou, CN
16:50   Update lecture: Non-anesthetist propofol sedation: what is needed to administer it safely?
M. Müller, DE
17:10   Discussion
17:20   Group sessions (3 groups)
Clinical case presentations by participants (3 x 5 cases x 15')
19:00   Bus to the hotel


 2 February

8:20   Bus to the venue
9:00   Tips and tricks for a successful ERCP in pancreaticobiliary malignancies
M. Mutignani, IT
9:20   Update lecture: The role of endoscopic ultrasound guided interventions in pancreaticobiliary malignancies
M. Palazzo, FR
9:40   How to diagnose and how to treat cystic lesions in the pancreas
E. Vazquez-Sequeiros, ES
10:00   Management of ampullary lesions
M. Mutignani, IT
10:20   Discussion
10:35   Coffee break
11:05   Video session
M. Mutignani, IT - E. Vazquez-Sequeiros, ES - M. Palazzo, FR
12:00   Update lecture: Endoscopy for GI bleeding - old vs. new
I. Gralnek, IL
12:15   Discussion
12:20   Update lecture: The legal-clinical role of guidelines in gastrointestinal practice
S. Rodriguez, ES
12:35   Discussion
12:40   Lunch
13:40   Update lecture: Endoscopic and clinicopathological characteristics of premalignant colorectal lesions
H. Neumann, DE
14:00   The increasing role of the serrated pathway in colorectal cancer
I. Nagtegaal, NL
14:20   Do we need behind-fold technologies to improve our adenoma detection rate?
I. Gralnek, IL
14:40   Cleaning the colon - new developments
S. Rodriguez, ES
15:00   Discussion
15:15   Coffee break
15:45   Colorectal polypectomy for lesions < 2cm: when cold, when hot, and how to do it?
M. Wallace, US
16:00   Discussion
16:05   Video session
I Gralnek, IL - I. Nagtegaal, NL - M. Wallace, US - H. Neumann, DE - S. Rodriguez, ES
17:05   Group sessions (3 groups)
Clinical case presentations by participants (3 x 5 cases x 15')
19:00   Bus to the hotel
20:00   Bus to the farewell dinner
20:30   Farewell dinner

3 February

8:30   Bus to the venue (after hotel check-out)
9:00   When to perform EMR and when ESD in colorectal premalignant changes and early cancer?
M. Conio, IT
9:20   Update lecture: Challenges in T1 colorectal cancer
L. Moons, NL
9:40   Discussion
9:55   Video Session
M. Conio, IT - L. Moons, NL
10:40   Coffee break
11:10   How to perform screening for colorectal cancer: FOBT/FIT/stool DNA, capsule, scope or CT
J. Regula, PL
11:30   Colonoscopic surveillance in inflammatory bowel disease
H. Neumann, DE
11:50   Palliation in colorectal cancer - Stent or surgery?
P.J. Tanis, NL
12:10   Discussion
12:35   Video session
J. Regula, PL - H. Neumann, DE - M. Conio, IT - L. Moons, NL - P.J. Tanis, NL
13:05   Closing remarks, Certificates and lunch box
13:20   Bus to the train station


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