GROWTH Network

The GROWTH consortium, funded by the European Commission (2019-2023), is made up to train a new generation of researchers working on new pathological insights, biomarker diagnostics and personalized nutritional interventions for intestinal failure in neonates and preterm infants.


Academic and industry partners, covering various disciplines ranging from fundamental research to clinical paediatrics and analytical chemistry to organoid and gut-on-chip applications, have teamed up in the European Union.

Research Programme

GROWTH aims to set-up a new European platform that trains young scientists in the industry-led exploration of innovative routes to fully exploit the potential of early life nutrition to prevent inflammatory disease. GROWTH coordinates 8 individual research projects.


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Leading AI and machine learning company Horaizon joins GROWTH consortium

As of December 2022, we are pleased that a new collaborator (Horaizon) with key-expertise in bio-informatics, artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches has joined the GROWTH network.


Important article on antibiotics and necrotizing enterocolitis and late-onset sepsis in preterm infants

Collaborators of the Gastroenterology and Paediatrics departments of Amsterdam UMC (Academic Medical Center & VU Medical Center) recently published an article in the European Journal of Peadiatrics on the association between duration of early antibiotics and necrotizing enterocolitis and late-onset sepsis in preterm infants


UEGW Presentation award for Lilly Bantavi

Lilly Bantavi, GROWTH research fellow based in Bonn and Amsterdam, was awarded an oral presentation award by the United European Gastroenterology Week committee. Lilly's work focuses on the role of dietary tryptophan, the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and its ligands and IL-22 signaling in the pathogenesis of anastomotic healing and the development of anastomotic leakage. Important and highly translational results were presented by Lilly at the UEGW.


Successful Grant Writing training organized in Berlin

The day after previous network meeting in Berlin (1-2 September 2022), a dedicated training on Successful Grant Writing was organized for the GROWTH fellows and collaborating scientists. Overall, a very interesting and interactive training session with lots of homework and future grant plans. We thank MoKi Analytics and Charite University Berlin for hosting this meeting and training event.


Multiple GROWTH scientists presenting their work at annual congress of the European Paediatric Surgeon's association (EUPSA)

In Tel Aviv (Israel) this summer several GROWTH scientists presented their work at the European Paediatric Surgeon's Association annual congress 2022. The spirit of EUPSA is characterized by the spirit to enhance the capacity to discover, disseminate and apply new knowledge to the benefit of patientss, and we can not agree more with this.