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It doesn't end with closure - PhD defense by Chantal ten Kate

22 September 2022

  On Wednesday 14th September, Chantal ten Kate (Erasmus MC) defended her PhD thesis. Chantal, alongside many ERNICA colleagues, researched the complications and comorbidities that patients born with esophageal atresia can encounter throughout life. Chantal ten Kate explains; "In this thesis, we have researched the complications and comorbidities that patients born with esophageal atresia can encounter throughout life. In the first part, we have studied the genetic predisposition of two conditions with a higher prevalence in patients with esophageal atresia, knowing pyloric stenosis and Barrett's esophagus. In the second part, we have discussed the management and possible interventions of a few complications and comorbidities. We have presented the study protocol for a randomized controlled trial on intralesional steroid injections to prevent refractory anastomotic strictures in the first year of life. Next, we have made recommendations to improve the health care of adults born with esophageal atresia. Due to the increased risk of Barrett's esophagus and esophageal carcinoma, these patients participate in the endoscopic surveillance program of the Erasmus MC. We have evaluated the first years of this surveillance program, and have provided recommendations to adjust the surveillance protocol. In the third part, we have studied the quality of life of this population. both in children and in adults. For this purpose, we have used existing validated questionnaires. We have also validated a new, foreign questionnaire that has been translated to Dutch, and have developed a new questionnaire of our own. Finally, all findings are discussed in a broader perspective, and several recommendations are made for future research." Link to the e-Book: https://www.globalacademicpress.com/ebooks/chantal_ten_kate/

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The ERNICA Registry Project and the OCELOT study

14 September 2022

  This communication sets out the relationship between the ERNICA Registry project and the OCELOT study, two separate activities which, while different in their origin and focus, are nevertheless significantly complementary.

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ERNICA-EUPSA clinical exchange programme - apply now!

14 September 2022

  There is still the possibility to apply for a travel grant to visit an ERNICA centre for clinical training purposes. Within ERNICA we have the expertise and resources available to set up a clinical exchange programme for training purposes. This exchange programme will offer fellows and consultants the opportunity to learn from colleagues in the field. The programme will be customised to the specific needs of the applicant and can focus for example on complex surgical techniques and multidisciplinary care. The exchange programme will be open for fellows and consultants working in ERNICA centers, but also candidates from EU member states not included in ERNICA are welcome to participate in this programme. Want more information on the programme and how to apply? Click here or view our promotional flyer.  

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