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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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.


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"