IBD Training Academy

What is the IBD Training Academy?

Welcome to the IBD Training Academy!

The IBD Training Academy is a year-long, educational, non-promotional programme, starting in January 2022, for certified gastroenterologists from across Europe with an active interest in IBD. Please see the eligibility criteria further down this page for more information.

The programme is organised and funded by Galapagos with direction from a steering committee of leading independent expert gastroenterologists.

Find out about our steering committee, the program and the criteria for participation, below.

Expert steering committee

Professor Raja Atreya
University Hospital Erlangen, Germany

Raja Atreya is Professor for Translational Immunology in IBD, senior physician and head of the IBD Unit, Outpatient Clinic and Clinical Study Centre at University Hospital Erlangen. His work focusses on identifying response predictors (e.g. molecular endoscopy) and mechanisms of resistance to biological therapies in IBD. His career has been well decorated – he received the Theodor-Frerichs Award of the German Society for Internal Medicine, the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for Young Researchers from the Paul Ehrlich Foundation, and the UEG’s Rising Star Award.


Dr Flavio Caprioli
University of Milan, Italy

Flavio Caprioli is Assistant Professor of gastroenterology at the University of Milan, Italy. His areas of expertise are preclinical research, mucosal and systemic immunology, and translational research in IBD. His PhD focussed on mechanisms of autocrine regulation of IL-21 in humans and the role of IL-21 in inducing naïve T-cell polarisation towards effector Th17 lymphocytes. He has since studied the role of IL-21 as a promoter of systemic and intestinal inflammation and the neutralisation of this cytokine as a potential new therapeutic approach in autoimmune-related inflammatory diseases.


Professor Mathurin Fumery
University of Picardy Jules Verne, Amiens, France
Amiens University Hospital, France

Mathurin Fumery is a consultant gastroenterologist at the University of Picardy Jules Verne and Professor of Gastroenterology at Amiens University Hospital, France. His research focusses on the epidemiology of IBD, and he is involved in the French IBD epidemiology registry, EPIMAD. Prof. Fumery has published extensively in the area of IBD, particularly around biologic treatments and population-based IBD epidemiology.


Dr Ana Gutierrez
Hospital General Alicante, Spain

Ana Gutierrez is head of the gastroenterology section at Hospital General Alicante, Spain. She is Vice President of the governing board of the Spanish IBD group GETECCU, where she also acts as the Director of training courses in IBD, and is the national representative of Spain within the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation. Her PhD and postdoctoral research at the University of Miguel Hernández, Spain, focussed on the value of fibrolytic tests in patients with acute upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage.



Dr Taku Kobayashi
Centre for Advanced IBD Research and Treatment, Kitasato University Kitasato Institute Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Taku Kobayashi is Vice Director and Associate Professor at the Centre for Advanced IBD Research and Treatment, Kitasato University Kitasato Institute Hospital, Tokyo, Japan. He is Director of the International Exchange Committee of the Japanese Society of IBD and a Clinical Research Committee member for the Asian Organization for Crohn’s and Colitis. He serves as a councillor for several Japanese gastroenterology societies. His current projects include global prospective randomised controlled trials and the development of prospective registries of Japanese patients with IBD.



Dr Gareth Parkes
Royal London Hospital, UK

Gareth Parkes is clinical lead for gastroenterology at the Royal London Hospital. His interests include IBD clinical trials, the role of the microbiota and probiotics, and the use of technology in the IBD clinic. He has sat on the British Society of Gastroenterology IBD Committee and has a range of publications in the fields of IBD, gastrointestinal microbiota and irritable bowel syndrome. He is co-founder and Medical Director of Ampersand Health, which developed the award-winning app ‘My IBD Care’, using digital technology and behavioural science to improve patients’ lives.


Professor Stefan Schreiber
Christian-Albrecht University, Germany

Stefan Schreiber gained his medical degree at the University of Hamburg. After two fellowships he joined the Department of Gastroenterology at Charité University Hospital, Berlin. In 1996 he became Associate Professor at Christian-Albrecht University. He became full Professor of Medicine in 1999; in 2004 he became Director of the Department of Internal Medicine I and head of the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology at Kiel University. His research interests span the genetics and pathophysiology of intestinal inflammation, IBD therapy development and human ageing. He has authored more than 1000 original publications.


Professor Séverine Vermeire
University Hospitals Leuven, KU Leuven, Belgium

Séverine Vermeire trained at KU Leuven, the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford, UK, and Montreal General Hospital, Canada. Since 2003, she has been a member of the Gastroenterology Department at University Hospitals Leuven and Professor of Medicine at KU Leuven. She became head of the Department of Chronic Diseases and Metabolism at KU Leuven in 2016. Her work has led to more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and focusses on the role of the microbiome, genetic susceptibility in IBD and signatures predictive of therapy response.


What can I expect from the programme?

Participants can expect:

  • Increased opportunities for collaboration and networking
  • Key learnings on research excellence
  • Tips and tricks for accurate interpretation of scientific research
  • Learn more about innovations in the IBD field

This varied training programme will be made up of a diverse mix of interactive online and face-to-face activities.


Launch meeting


  • Introduce yourself to the steering committee who you’ll be hearing from throughout the programme
  • Connect with fellow participants
  • Discover the programme curriculum and what you’ll get out of it



Webinars


  • Watch live hot-topic presentations and debates
  • Ask questions in the live Q&A sessions
  • Receive practical insights and advice from the experts
  • Apply learnings to your daily clinical practice
     



eLearning


  • Solidify and expand your knowledge on a variety of key topics across IBD
  • Assess your learning through quizzes
  • Reflect on how these learnings impact your own clinical practice



Masterclass videos and podcasts


  • Watch and listen to an eclectic range of short videos and podcasts
  • Hear what the experts have to say about hot topics



Mentorship sessions


  • Gain insights from the experts through topic-based mentoring
  • Connect in small groups of 2–3 participants per mentor
  • Propose questions to guide the sessions
     



Case study deep dives


  • Collaborate with mentors and participants in live case study evaluations
  • Explore investigative, diagnostic and treatment-based decision-making
  • Gain practical tips for achieving a holist icapproach to remission for patients in daily clinica l practice



Journal clubs


  • Hone your critical appraisal skills for reviewing scientific literature
  • Assess the latest publications on hot topics in IBD
  • Lead journal club sessions



Face-to-face meetings


  • Meet face to face with both participants and experts at two 1-day meetings of scientific discussion
  • Engage in a blend of expert presentations, workshops and networking, tailored to your educational needs 


Am I eligible for the programme?

Applicants should consider their experience and interests in relation to the criteria listed below.

We welcome applications from individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Able to actively participate in the programme in English, AND
  • Certified gastroenterologist with at least 3 years’ experience OR have experience in actively treating patients with IBD, AND
  • Participate/have an interest in research and data collection within the IBD field, OR have experience through co-authorship on ≥2 peer-reviewed publications or ≥2 congress presentations at national or international congresses

What is the time commitment ?

The six modules will be spread out over the 12 months of 2022. We expect that approximately 5 hours of your time will be required each month to complete the mix of activities for each of the modules, with an additional 2 days for the face-to-face ‘Centre of Excellence’ meetings, in May and November 2022.

How do I apply for the IBD Training Academy?

Thank you for your interest in the programme! If you fit the eligibility criteria and would like to apply, please complete all the fields in the registration form below, providing any information you feel we need in the free text field at the end. Please make sure to click ‘Submit’ to ensure we receive your application. The closing date for applications is 17 December 2021.

The steering committee will assess all applications and acceptances will be sent out in the first week of January 2022.

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