The STEPS-EA trial is an ERNICA multi-centre randomised controlled trial looking at intralesional steroid injections to prevent refractory strictures in patients with esophageal atresia. The trial involves 1:1 randomization to injection with 10 mg/ml TAC (Kenacort-A 10) prior to balloon dilatation and balloon dilatation without any injection. Click here to access the latest STEPS-EA updates, via their newsletter (March 2021 issue) For more information about the STEPS-EA trial, you can watch the explainer video on our YouTube channel.
eUROGEN and ERNICA have launched a special webinar series on Anorectal Malformations (ARM). Click here to view the schedule. The next webinar titled 'Bowel management in children with ARM' will take place on 30 March 2021 at 18.00 CET. This webinar will focus on the importance of bowel management in patients operated for anorectal malformations. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Barbara Daniela Iacobelli, paediatric surgeon at Children's Hospital Bambino Gesu in Rome, and June Rogers MBE, a former specialist nurse and representative for the patient organisation Bladder & Bowel UK, and is aimed at both healthcare professionals and patient groups. This is the fifth webinar in the series covering all aspects of paediatric colorectal surgery, in particular (congenital) anorectal malformations. It is a joint presentation between ERN eUROGEN and ERN ERNICA, and is supported by the European Paediatric Surgeons’ Association (EUPSA). Register here!
Since 2007, the French association for esophageal atresia (AFAO – Association Francaise de l’Atresie de L’Oesophage) has launched regular calls for research projects on the topic of esophageal atresia! Funding (The Fanny-Séléna Prize) is awarded in memory of two girls who passed away as a result of the disease. The call for the 17th research prize was launched in Feburary 2021. This prize aims to reward research projects (biotherapy, cell therapy, gastroenterology, embryology, genetics, epidemiology, pneumology, surgery, minimally invasive surgery) which improve the management of atresia of the esophagus and its associated disorders. Find out more on the AFAO websiteApplicants have until May 21, 2021 to submit their project (Click here to access the application form)