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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TNO launches their new Early Life Campaign

GROWTH partner, TNO recently kicked-off their new Early Life Campaign. This initiatives provides TNO's latest insights, and a comprehensive overview of their expertise and tools to support healthy development early in life.


Predictive factors for surgical treatment in preterm neonates with necrotizing enterocolitis

GROWTH research groups at AMC and VUMC identifed factors may support the clinician to identify infants with increased risk for sNEC, which may facilitate early decisive management and consequently could result in improved prognosis. These findings were obtained from a multi-center case control study.


Fermented foods show potential in increasing gut microbial diversity and modulating immune responses

One of the collaborating PhD students of the GROWTH programme, Konstantina Zafeiropoulou, published a very interesting story on a new study, carried out by researchers at Stanford University that shows that fermented-food diet may increase microbiome diversity and decrease markers of inflammation. In the same study high-fiber diet shows potential in altering gut microbiome functions and modulating immune responses.

Konstantina is currently a PhD candidate at Amsterdam UMC unraveling the role of gut microbiota and long-term dietary patterns in the development of postoperative colorectal anastomotic leakage.


Wellcome Connecting Science Virtual Conference: Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease

The 10th meeting in the Wellcome Connecting Science series on 13-15 October 2021 will once again bring together leading scientists and clinicians from the fields of microbiology, gastroenterology, neuroscience and public health to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving area.



In October the next International Symposium on Gut Microbiology will take place as a virtual event.