Basic Science Course: Basic and translational research in motility and neurogastroenterology

June 27-29, 2018

This course is an educational opportunity for young PhDs and basic science oriented MDs in the field of gastroenterology across Europe and combines state-of-the-art lectures with hands-on training in the laboratory. This course is focused on motility and sensitivity of the gastrointestinal tract in health and in disease, and in brain gut interactions, all as relevant factors in symptom generation and as therapeutic target. Enhance your professional network through close academic and social interactions with highly regarded faculty and peers from diverse backgrounds.

Application is closed.

Learning objectives:

  • How to set up neurogastroenterology & motility studies in healthy subjects and patients
  • How to set up basic neurogastroenterology & motility studies: choice of animal models and access to human samples
  • Application of specific techniques in basic and translational research in neurogastroenterology & motility research

    Target audience:

    • Clinicians, researchers, physiologists and basic scientists with a scientific interest in motility and gastroenterology, gut-brain disorders and advanced human motility measurements in the early to middle stages of their career
    • ≤ 5 years research experience in the field
    • Age 40 and below

    Download the final programme.

    The following course directors are responsible for the scientific programme:

    • Jan Tack (Belgium)
    • Tim Vanuytsel (Belgium)
    • Ricard Farré (Belgium)
    • Gianluca Matteoli (Belgium)

    Venue & accommodation

    The course will be held at:

    TARGID laboratory, Clinical Motility Unit and ACRONIM human research facility 


    Gasthuisberg Health Sciences Campus
    University of Leuven and Leuven University Hospitals
    Leuven, Belgium

    UEG will organise accommodation from June 27-29, 2018 and cover the costs for all participants.

    CME accreditation

    The UEG Basic Science Course, Leuven, Belgium, 27/06/2018-29/06/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 20 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

    How to apply

    In addition to filling out the application form, you will need to supply:

    • A short curriculum vitae (one page)
    • An abstract you have previously written that briefly presents your field of expertise. 30 lines maximum (use the master abstract as guidance).

    Selection criteria

    Participation in the Basic Science Course is through selection only. A maximum of 40 participants will be invited.

    The following criteria are taken into account:

    • Quality of the submitted abstract
    • Personal potential of the applicant (academic excellence, commitment to the subject and research interests)
    • Priority will be given to those who have not previously participated.
    • ≤ 5 years research experience in the field
    • Age 40 and below

    To achieve diversity within the course, regional and gender balance will also be taken into consideration.  Applications are peer-reviewed and applicants selected by the course directors.

    Please note that these criteria have no absolute delimitations and no legal weight.

    An adequate level of English is required in order to properly follow the content of the course. 


    Selected participants will be notified via e-mail.

    Participants receive:

    • Free course registration incl. course material
    • 2 nights of accommodation (single room)
    • Reimbursement of travel expenses up to € 350 per participant after the event
    • 2 dinners with participants and faculty
    • Lunches and coffee breaks throughout the course

    Once selected, participants must sign up for a total of 2 blocks (hands-on sessions); 1 block to attend on Thursday and 1 block to attend on Friday. Please note that these blocks (hands-on sessions) have limited capacity and slots will be allocated to participants on a first come, first served basis.

    All selected participants are required to attend the Basic Science Course in its entirety to receive the travel reimbursement. Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

    UEG Education Committee
    Elisabeth Sailer


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