Chapter 4. The Relationship Between the European and North American Societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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Abstract

This chapter is based on the memories of those who shaped the relationship between the European and the North American Societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The first joint meeting of the 2 Societies took place in Paris in 1978, followed by 1 in New York in 1985, 1 in Amsterdam in 1990, 1 in Houston in 1994, and the last one in Toulouse in 1998. The formation of the Federation of the International Societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (FISPGHAN) preceded the First World Congress of all Societies, which took place in Boston in 2000. The success of this meeting was followed by world congresses in Paris in 2004, Iguassu in 2008, Taiwan in 2012, and Montreal in 2016. NASPGHAN and ESPGHAN jointly took on the direction of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition in 1991. Communication between the 2 Societies is extremely active, with members participating in many joint projects.

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