ESGE Research Champions Den

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 15:00 – 16:45

ESGE was thrilled to receive a record number of research grant applications this year – 3 times more than last year.

A team of experts, led by ESGE Research Committee Chair Pradeep Bhandari, have selected the top 8 applicants. At ESGE Days 2021, these applicants will each have 3-4 minutes to present their research projects to the jury of ‘Dragons’ at the Research Campions Den, who will then quiz each applicant for 5 minutes. The dragons will be able to distribute, to the projects they judge to be most deserving of support, up to 10,000 €. Watch the Research Champions Den presentations to the ‘Dragons’ at ESGE Days 2021 on Saturday 27th of March 2021 between 15:00 – 16:45.

The finalists featuring in the ESGE Research Champions Den this year:


Leonardo Frazzoni (Bologna, Italy)

Clinical and economic impact of colonoscopy appropriateness and indication. An observational prospective multicenter study

2. Gaius Longcroft-Wheaton ESGE Days 2021

Gaius Longcroft-Wheaton (Portsmouth, United Kingdom)

FIT and capsule colonoscopy as a tool for the investigation of colonic symptoms. A prospective multicentre European study

ESGE Days 2021 Research Champions Pieter Sinonquel

Pieter Sinonquel (Leuven, Belgium)

PRognOstiC valuE of rEd Density in Ulcerative Colitis: PROCEED-UC STUDY

Mohamed Abdelrahim ESGE Days 2021

Mohamed Abdelrahim (Portsmouth, United Kingdom)

A comparison of Knife Assisted Resection (KAR) and Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) of Large Colorectal Adenomas: A Prospective Randomised Controlled Multicentre European Trial

5. Hugo Uchima ESGE Days 2021

Hugo Uchima (Badalona, Spain)

Incidence Of Gastroesophageal Reflux After Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (Poem): Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Modified Posterior Poem With Complete Myotomy Versus Selective Myotomy In Cardia


Germana de Nucci (Garbagnate Milanese (MI), Italy)

A Multicenter National Prospective Study Of A New Hemostatic Gel Efficacy In Treating Acute Upper And Lower Gastrointestinal Bleedings: The PAGIB Study

ESGE Days 2021 Research Champions Markus Hollenbach

Marcus Hollenbach (Leipzig, Germany)

Argon-Plasma-Coagulation (APC) versus Radiofrequency-Ablation (RFA) in Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE): a prospective randomized multicenter comparative study (ARGA trial)

ESGE Days 2021 Research Champions Laurent Monino

Laurent Monino (Brussels, Belgium)

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided gastroenterostomy : how to improve technical and clinical outcome

About the Den

The ESGE Research Champions Den is an annual competition at ESGE Days. 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.

Potential contenders submit their research idea online. A “jury” of five experienced endoscopists with established track records in research select what they consider to be the best projects, based on the importance of their future impact on endoscopic practice and their creativity and originality.

At ESGE Days, the top selected applicants each have 3-4 minutes to present their projects to the jury, who then quiz each applicant for 5 minutes. The jury will be able to distribute, to the projects they judge to be most deserving of support, up to 10,000 €.

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

What was the timeline for 2021 submissions?

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Submission portal opens
Sunday, January 10, 2021 Submission deadline
January 15 - February 15, 2021 Evaluation of applications
Mid-February 2021 Notification of selected applicants
March 27, 2021 ESGE Research Champions Den at ESGE Days 2021