Dublin, Ireland
16 - 20 May 2015

Endocrine Nurse

Dear Nurse Colleagues

We are delighted to invite you to the ECE 2015 meeting in Dublin and to announce a very exciting educational programme for nurses which includes 3 dedicated sessions as part of the ECE Nurse Programme (17th and 18th May) and a half-day pre-congress Nurses Course on Acromegaly on Saturday 16th May. Our Meet the Nurse Expert symposium will focus on clinical guidelines and how these guide our practice and the Networking session will include interactive round-the-table workshops on professional development. Please see below for Programme details. There will be ample of opportunities for networking over buffet meals and poster presentations on Saturday and Sunday so you can meet with colleagues from around Europe and exchange expertise.

We are extremely pleased to announce that this year we have been successful at obtaining an unrestricted educational grant from our Pharmaceutical Sponsors to support up to 30 nurses with a €800 Euros travel grant towards their attendance at the pre-congress Course and ECE sessions. The travel grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis but priority will be given to nurses who are presenting posters; the deadline for abstract submission has now passed, however you may still apply for this grant. You will also need to be an ESE Member to be eligible for a travel grant. Please use the links below to apply the Nurse Travel Grant and to become an ESE member (annual membership rate for nurses is €35 Euros).

Apply for ESE membership

It is also a pleasure to inform you that once again the congress registration fees for nurses have been substantially reduced to just €100 Euros. Finally, we would like to invite you to suggest topics for future ECE meetings and to express an interest in being involved as a Speaker or Chair in one of our nursing sessions. Please email us at [email protected]

We hope you will join us in Dublin to share our expertise and to celebrate together the advances in Endocrine Nursing.


Sofia Llahana, Chair of the ESE Nurse Working Group
On behalf of the ESE Nurse Working Group, ESE Clinical Committee and ECE Programme Organising Committee

Please visit the ESE website for more information about the ESE Nurses' Working Group.



Saturday 16 MAY 2015 - Liffey Hall 2

12: 00 - 12: 50 Registration & lunch

12:50 – 17:30                                             

Chairs: Cecilia Follin (Sweden) and Andrea Giustina  (Italy)


Sofia Llahana, Chair of ESE Nurses Working Group 

Session 1: Diagnosis and surgical treatment

Diagnosing acromegaly

Jens Otto Jörgensen (Denmark)     

Surgical treatment

Juergen Hoenegger (Germany)                       

The role of the endocrine nurse in the diagnosis, pre- and post-operative

care of the patient with acromegaly

Sherwin Criseno (UK )

Question & Answer with the Panel                                       


Session 2: Medical treatment and patient education

Medical therapy in acromegaly

Christian Strasburger (Germany)    

Home care educational programmes for patients with acromegaly to improve

satisfaction with and adherence to treatment

Elisabeth Rutten (Belgium)   

Question & Answer with the Panel                                        


Session 3: Long term monitoring  

Long term follow up of patients post acromegaly treatment

Susan Webb (Spain)                                                               

Case presentation of a patient with complex issues related to acromegaly:

the nursing role in providing optimal care

Maria Wärn (Sweden)

Question & Answer with the Panel


Session 4: Hypopituitarism post-surgery and quality of life

From too much to too little: hypopituitarism post-surgery for acromegaly,

Sofia Llahana (UK)                                                                 

The burden of cortisol deficiency and patient education programmes

to prevent adrenal crisis

Katherine Zopf  (Germany)             

Towards a better quality of life (QoL) for patients with Acromegaly

Cornelie Andela (The Netherlands)                   

Question & Answer with the Panel                                        

Closing remarks

Cecilia Follin (Sweden)                                          

ECE opening ceremony and post-course buffet dinner and networking        17.30 pm onwards



Sunday 17 May 2015 - Liffey Hall 2

12:00 13:00

Endocrine nurse poster presentations at the endocrine nursing screen

14:15 15:45      

Endocrine nurse session 1: MDT symposium

The journey of the patient with obesity: multidisciplinary care approach

Chairs: Niki Karavitaki (UK)

Are obese patients just addicted to food?

 AJ van der Lely (The Netherlands)

If you really want to get rid of your obesity?.. just go for surgery

Carel LeRoux (UK)

Bariatric surgery: you need dedicated nurses

Gerbrand van Hout (The Netherlands)


15:45 17:15                         

Endocrine nurse session 2: Professional development, poster presentations and networking

Chairs: Sofia Llahana (UK) & Cecilia Follin (Sweden)

Welcome to Dublin and Endocrine Nursing in Ireland

Teresa Rea (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

So what we have been up this year & next steps: ESE Nurse Activities

Sofia Llahana & Cecilia Follin (ESE Nurses Working Group)

Best Nursing Poster Award presentation

Presented by Meg Keil (ESE Nurses Working Group)

Research topic: identifying the needs of patients with Congenital Hypogonadotrophic Hypogonadism, implications for nursing practice

Andrew Dwyer (Switzerland, winner of ECE 2014 Nurse Poster Award)

“HOW TO” parallel facilitated professional development round-the-table workshops

18:00 onwards   Close of session, networking and poster presentations


Monday 18 May 2015

14:15 15:45          Liffey Hall 2

Endocrine nurse session 3: Meet the Nurse Expert

Clinical guidelines and implications for nursing practice

Chairs: Guy T'Sjoen (Belgium) & Els Rutten (Belgium)

The pre and post operative approach for patient with pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma

Karen Adams (USA)

Which patients with phecromocytoma/paraganglioma are at risk for recurrent disease after surgery? - Implications for follow-up

Pierre-Francois Plouin (France)

Challenges in diagnosis, treating and managing patients presenting with hyponatraemia, polydipsia and polyuria: implications for nursing practice

Anne Marland (UK) and Phillip Yeoh (UK)