One of ERNICA’s objectives is to conduct multi-centre research projects. A ‘scientific committee’ has been set up within the ERNICA network to act as a ‘gatekeeper’ for scientific outputs. The committee will also advise on research proposals.

ERNICA's first Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT):

The STEPS-EA trial is a 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 - In development. For any questions please email the The STEPS-EA trial team at