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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Most of the GROWTH students participated in the Biobusiness Summer School

Five GROWTH students participated last week in the 5-day Biobuiness Summer School event organized in Amsterdam to prepare them for a industry-minded career in life sciences.


Nancy Deianova presents her work at ESPHGAN 2022

Nancy Deianavo, ESR-4 in the GROWTH programme, presented her results at the annual ESPHGAN congress. Part of her project focuses on antibiotics and necrotizing enterocolitis and sepsis in a preterm Dutch/Belgian cohort where non-exposure was associated with higher odds for disease.


27 June is World MIicrobiome Day

On World Microbiome Day all things microbial, all around the world are celebrated. International microbiome researchers and microbiome‐literate professionals are introduced to the public to raise awareness of the vibrant and diverse world of microbes and we invite the public and industry professionals to share their thoughts and activities with the microbiome community.

The Theme for World Microbiome Day 2022 is "Celebration of The Microbial World"


The 54th Annual Meeting of ESPGHAN on 22-25 June 2022

The official ESPHGAN Annual Meeting provides stimulating and informative State of the Art and Key Note Lectures from leading experts in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. Parallel sessions will comprise of stimulating symposia and oral abstract presentations. A combination of posters and selected ePosters will provide attendees with the opportunity to view and discuss latest results.


Gemma Pitotti presented a poster at the Digestive Disease Week!

GROWTH researcher, Gemma Pitotti, prepared a poster and presented her work at the Digestive Disease Week. Her poster had the title: "Activation and function of epithelial TLR4 and TLR5 in E.coli sepsis in preterms".