Champions' Den Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the ESGE Research Grants!

At the Research Champions’ Den at ESGE Days 2022 ten researchers presented their projects to a panel of ESGE top international experts, in a bid to win an ESGE Research Grant.

After facing tough questioning from the ‘Dragons’ three grants were awarded to the following researchers:

  • Enrique Rodríguez de Santiago (Spain)
  • Esperanza Ulloa Márquez (Spain)
  • Milou van Riswijk (The Netherlands)

We look forward to hearing about their projects in the future and wish them sincere congratulations!

The finalists in the 2022 ESGE Research Champions Den:

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Enrique Rodríguez de Santiago (Spain)

University Hospital Ramon Y Cajal, Madrid

Short-term interruption versus continuous anticoagulation in colorectal polypectomy. A randomized multicenter non-inferiority clinical trial: the POLYPHEM-trial

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Pierre Lafeuille (France)

Edouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon

Comparison of flat colorectal lesion detection by artificial intelligence-assisted colonoscopy – versus endoscopists: the AI Challenge

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Marco Spadaccini (Italy)

Humanitas Research Hospital, Milan

The COMBO CAD study: Characterization cOMparison Between twO CAD systems

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Esperanza Ulloa Márquez (Spain)

Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection versus Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection for the treatment of LST-NG flat elevated type ≥ 20 mm and LST-G mixed type ≥ 30 mm. A prospective, multicenter, randomized, non-inferiority study. “IntERsection” Study

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Livia Archibugi (Italy)

IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, Milan

PACEUT Pancreatic Cancer Evolution Upon Treatment

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Jasmin Zessner-Spitzenberg (Austria)

Medical University of Vienna

Evaluation of within-lesion antitumor immunity in colon polyps to define high-risk patients in a colorectal cancer screening cohort – a pilot study

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Marina de Benito Sanz (Spain)

Hospital Río Hortega, Valladolid

Clinical trial evaluating the effect of external evaluation and training on the incomplete resection rate in cold snare polypectomies in colonic lesions

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Paolo Cecinato (Italy)

Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova di Reggio Emilia

Recurrence Rate After Endoscopic Removal by Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) versus Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD) of Non-Polypoid Colorectal Laterally Spreading Tumour Granular Type (LST-G) Lesions: a Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial

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Milou van Riswijk (The Netherlands)

Radboudumc, Nijmegen

Synergistic effect of G-Eye balloon for behind the folds visualization with artificial intelligence assisted polyp detection (Discovery system) on adenoma detection rate. ‘Discovery III study’

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Hannah van Malenstein (Belgium)

University Hospital, Leuven

Methylome analysis of circulating free DNA in bile fluid to diagnose cholangiocarcinoma – EPIBILE

About the ESGE Research Champions' Den

The ESGE Research Champions' Den competition, held at ESGE Days congresses, is the final stage of the application process for an ESGE Research Grant. The aim is to bring hidden talent to light and to help established researchers to share their ideas and upcoming projects with the endoscopy world.

A team of experts, led by ESGE Research Committee Chair Pradeep Bhandari, select the top applicants for an ESGE Research Grant. At ESGE Days, the applicants have a few minutes to present their research projects to the jury of 'Dragons' at the Research Campions' Den, who quiz each applicant for 5 minutes. The dragons are able to distribute grants to the projects they judge to be most deserving of support.

Some of the action from last year…

Watch our virtual final at ESGE Days 2021…


Call for applications opens once a year.

Thursday September 1, 2022Submission portal opens
Wednesday, November 30, 2022Submission deadline
January 2023Notification of selected applicants
April 20-22, 2023The final stage of application: The Research Champions' Den at ESGE Days 2023

Application details

Applicants are required to be ESGE individual members and work in a medical institution within the ESGE zone (Central and Western Europe, Mediterranean and North Africa).

Young researchers/trainees are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted via the online application form.

Pradeep Bhandari

Pradeep Bhandari

Application details

ESGE individual members from around the globe are eligible to apply, and physicians at any stage of their careers may apply.

All jury decisions are final. The ESGE Research Committee Chair will be the moderator who introduces applicants and moderates the session. After the jury's discussion, the moderator announces which applicants have won financial support.

The applicants who are not successful in obtaining a grant for their research project get free registration at the next ESGE Days. Winners are committed to supplying study reports to ESGE and to submitting the study results to Endoscopy.

To find out more about the ESGE Research Champions Den and other ESGE grants and awards visit