Basic Science Courses

Choose one of the three Basic Science Courses best suited to your background

What to expect?

These courses are an educational activity for young PhDs and basic science-oriented MDs across Europe and combine state-of-the-art lectures with hands-on training in the laboratory.

Enough time for hands-on training and interaction with tutors and faculty is reserved due to training in small groups (max. 15 individuals). The exclusive and intimate settings within which participants are able to learn from faculty are unparalleled in terms of the academic and social benefits they produce.

Individuals are only permitted to apply for one of the three Basic Science Courses.


Update on the current situation

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Basic Science Courses 2020 have been postponed to summer 2021. An application for all three Basic Science Courses will open in due course.

Basic Science Course

Topic 1: Gut microbiota: Relevance, analysis, modulation

Learning objectives

  • Gain theoretical knowledge about clinical relevance, analysis, and therapeutic modulation of gut microbiota.
  • Practice different diagnostic tools to analyse gut microbiota, and preparation of samples for FMT.

Target audience

  • Clinicians, basic scientists, microbiologists and microbiota-oriented physicians in the field of gastroenterology with post-graduate training in gastroenterology
  • ≤ 5 years research experience in the field
  • Age 40 and below


Responsible for the scientific programme:

  • Antonio Gasbarrini (Italy)
  • Giovanni Cammarota (Italy)
  • Maurizio Sanguinetti (Italy)
  • Gianluca Ianiro (Italy)


Fondazione Policlinico Universitario "A. Gemelli" IRCCS
Largo "A. Gemelli"
8 - 00168 Rome, Italy

Co-organised by Fondazione Policlinico Universitario "A. Gemelli" IRCCS

Topic 2: Basic & translational research in motility & neurogastroenterology

Learning objectives

  • How to use animal models to elucidate the pathophysiology of functional gastrointestinal disorders.
  • How to set up motility and sensitivity studies in healthy controls to understand disease mechanisms in neurogastroenterology.
  • 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


Responsible for the scientific programme:

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


O&N 1 (onderwijs en navorsing 1)
Gasthuisberg Health Sciences Campus
Herestraat 49
3000 Leuven, Belgium

Co-organised by KU Leuven / TARGID

Topic 3: Hot topics in experimental GI cancer

Learning objectives

  • Gain theoretical knowledge about models and methodology in hepato-gastroenterology related fields.
  • Have the opportunity to practice different methods to investigate these diseases.
  • Explore key methods: time lapse microscopy, organoids, flow cytometry, stellate cells and neuron isolation, confocal microscopy, liver resection in mice

Target audience

  • Clinicians or basic scientists with post-graduate training in medical or surgical hepato-gastroenterology; or with non-clinical research training connected with hepato-gastroenterology (PhD student or comparable)
  • ≤ 5 years research experience in the field
  • Age 40 and below


Responsible for the scientific programme:

  • Helmut Friess (Germany)
  • Ekin Demir (Germany)
  • Rouzanna Istvanffy (Germany)


Department of Surgery,
Klinikum rechts der Isar
Technical University of Munich
Ismaninger Str. 22
81675 Munich, Germany

Co-organised by Technical University of Munich

Selection criteria

Participation in one of the Basic Science Courses is through selection only. A maximum of 15 participants per course 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. 


Participants receive:

  • Free course registration and course material for the respective course
  • 2 nights of accommodation during the course (single room)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks throughout the course

All selected participants are required to attend the Basic Science Course in its entirety. Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Please note that no travel reimbursement will be provided.

How to apply

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

  • A short curriculum vitae (one page)
  • An abstract you have previously written (or choose to now write for the course) that briefly presents a past or current research project in your field of expertise or in alignment with the topic of the course for which you are applying. 30 lines maximum (use the master abstract as guidance).
Education Management
Raphaela Pfaffenbichler
  • M: +43 699 1997 16 33
  • T: +43 1 997 16 39

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