Invitation - Saturday October 30

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are excited to announce the second ESPEN Life Long Learning (LLL) course during the EFAD Conference 2021! After the succesful ESPEN LLL course on “Nutritional assessment and techniques” during the EFAD Conference in 2019 in Berlin, this year the LLL course “Nutritional Support in Cancer” will be organized. An excellent team of experts in the field of oncology will discuss the state of the art regarding the role of multimodal therapy, including nutritional therapy and dietary counselling, in patients with cancer.

EFAD has a close collaboration with the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). Hosting the ESPEN LLL courses is one of the activities within this collaboration. The ESPEN LLL programme in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism is an innovative and effective educational programme for healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists etc. The ESPEN LLL programme offers online training and live courses using a variety of modern training methodologies and resources.

Online training and training at live courses awards Credits. Each topic successfully completed online grants up to 4-6 CME credits. Participation in a live course grants 4 CME credits for each topic after successful test pass. Credit accumulation gives the opportunity to apply for final examination for the ESPEN Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. There are no fees for registration and participation in online activities.

For more information about the ESPEN LLL Programme, please visit the ESPEN LLL website.

We welcome you to join us in the effort of spreading good (clinical) nutrition practice around the world!

Dr Harriët Jager-Wittenaar

Chair EFAD-ESPEN Working Group


How to register

Registration for the Zoom event (see programme below) and the test consists of two steps.

Step 1: Register for the Zoom event
Registration is closed 

Step 2: Register for the ESPEN LLL program
Click on the button below to register.
Please read the instruction by the ESPEN Team

Programme - Saturday October 30

Important: Please note that all times are CET

ESPEN LLL Course - Nutritional Support in Cancer

11.00 – 11.30

Nutritional and metabolic consequences of cancer and its treatments

Alessandro Laviano

11.30 - 12.00

Nutritional strategies in cancer patients

Harriët Jager-Wittenaar

12.00 – 12.30

Physical activity and exercise training in cancer patients

Matthew Maddocks

12.30 - 13.00

Multimodal approach to cancer patients: Nutritional and clinical impact

Jann Arends

13.00 – 13.15

Coffee Break

13.15 - 13.30

Q& A Session

13.30 – 14.15

Evaluation form & final test

About the speakers

Alessandro Laviano

Alessandro Laviano, MD, is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Department of Translational and Precision Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and Visiting Professor at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA. Dr. Laviano is Chief, Clinical Nutrition Unit at Sant’Andrea University Hospital in Rome, Italy. Dr. Laviano’s main research interest is the prevention and treatment of disease-associated malnutrition, and particularly cancer anorexia-cachexia.

During the last decade, Dr. Laviano has served in different roles within the central committees of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), and he is currently the Director of the ESPEN LLL programme, as well as Coordinator of the Supervisory Board of the nutritionDay project. Dr. Laviano is currently: Editor in Chief of Nutrition; Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition; Associate Editor of Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. Dr. Laviano has 250 publications in international peer reviewed journals. Since 2019, Dr. Laviano is listed among the top 2% all-time world scientists in the Stanford-Elsevier ranking list.

Harriët Jager-Wittenaar

Harriët Jager-Wittenaar, PhD, RD, is Professor of Malnutrition and Healthy Ageing at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and senior researcher at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands. Moreover, Dr. Jager-Wittenaar is Guest Professor and Honorary Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, and co-program leader of the SIA SPRONG program FAITH research (

With a dietitian background, her research program focuses on prevention and treatment of malnutrition and sarcopenia, nutritional assessment (e.g., body composition assessment), implementation of nutritional risk screening and nutritional assessment, and the relationship between malnutrition and frailty.

Dr. Jager-Wittenaar was former Lead of the European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) for Older Adults, an expert committee within the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD), and was member of the former Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition (GLIM) Validation and Testing Working Group. Currently, she is co-lead of the GLIM Implementation Working Group, and Chair of the EFAD-ESPEN Working Group.

Matthew Maddocks

Matthew Maddocks is a physiotherapist and Reader in Health Services Research at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, King’s College London. Dr. Maddock’s doctorate examined the role of exercise in cancer cachexia and subsequent research includes studies on age-related syndromes, functional decline, symptom management and novel exercise interventions.

Jann Arends

Jann Arends, MD, is a specialist in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hemotology/oncology, and Senior Consultant in Palliative Care at Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Germany. Dr. Arends’ clinical expertise and areas of research are metabolic and nutritional problems in cancer patients. Since 2006, Dr. Arends is the leading author of the European ESPEN guidelines on nutrition in cancer patients and of the recently published ESMO guideline on cancer cachexia. He is the chair of the Nutrition and Metabolism Working Group of the German Society of Hematology and Oncology.