Education & training

Education & Training

eUROGEN will offer highly specialised surgical training. A collection of case reports, surgical and urogenital procedures, and outcome perspectives will build knowledge. European virtual MDT video-consultation discussions and reporting will offer a whole new perspective to train experts via virtual MDT participation. Each work stream has a dedicated Educational Lead who will form the educational programme on a yearly basis.

The eUROGEN webinar programme

eUROGEN’s webinar programme currently runs two sessions per month. These are usually on Tuesdays at 18:00 CET. The webinars are run via the GoToWebinar software, and we have produced a brief reference guide for attendees.

Here is a list of forthcoming webinars, though please be aware that sessions may change. Once confirmed, links to fuller details will be added below.


Date Workstream Title Presenter
13/04/2021 WS1 Management of bladder exstrophy during childhood A. El-ghoneimi,  H. Lottmann, M. D. Leclair, T. Blanc
20/04/2021 WS1 Syndromic forms of caudal malformations (with ERN ERNICA) Sabine Sarnacki, Celia Cretolle, et al.
04/05/2021 WS3 TBC Rob Cornes, John Osborne, Kenny Manzie
11/05/2021 WS3 Should we abandon laparoscopy in ACC? Hans Langenhuijsen
25/05/2021 WS1 What happens with the quality of life in patients with ARM (with ERN ERNICA) Chris Verhaak & Caterina Grano
08/06/2021 WS1 Rare Stone Disease Kay Thomas

Past webinars

Here are the descriptions and links to recordings of our previous sessions:

Webinar 18: Bowel management in children with anorectal malformations [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Dr. Barbara Daniela Iacobelli & June Rogers MBE (30 March 2021)

This webinar focuses on the importance of bowel management in patients operated for anorectal malformations. The treatment of these patients starts with the surgical procedure, which represents only the first step of a long pathway. Bowel management plays a pivotal role in the treatment of faecal incontinence, and hence in the quality of life of these patients.

The webinar was presented 0n 30 March 2021 by Dr. Barbara Daniela Iacobelli, paediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital Bambino Gesu in Rome, and June Rogers MBE, a former specialist nurse and representative for the patient organisation Bladder & Bowel UK, and is aimed at both healthcare professionals and patient groups.


Webinar 17: Challenges in oncologic treatment of retroperitoneal sarcomas [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Dr. Nina Dabelić (9 March 2021)

Sarcomas are a rare and very heterogeneous group of malignant tumours with more than 70 different histologic subtypes. Their biologic and clinical behaviour and response to oncologic therapies can vary widely across different subtypes. Retroperitoneal localisation of sarcomas represents an additional challenge for the diagnosis and treatment for various reasons that will be discussed. Certain principles of oncological management of retroperitoneal sarcomas will be outlined. The need for individualised tumour assessment and patient-tailored therapeutic decision making within a multidisciplinary tumour board will be highlighted. Several patients cases will be presented to illustrate the topic.

This webinar was presented on 9th March 2021 by Dr. Nina Dabelić, clinical oncologist at the Department of Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Centre Sestre Milosrdnice in Zagreb, and is aimed at healthcare professionals. The presentation was co-authored by eUROGEN expert Prof. Ana Fröbe.


Webinar 16: VACTERL or not VACTERL – does it matter? For geneticists, patients, & clinicians [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Dr. Carlo Marcelis & Prof. Ernesto Leva (23 February 2021)

This is the fourth webinar in the series covering all aspects of paediatric colorectal surgery, in particular (congenital) anorectal malformations, and is a joint presentation between ERN eUROGEN and ERN ERNICA, and is supported by the European Paediatric Surgeons’ Association (EUPSA).

VACTERL association is the non-random occurrence of a combination of vertebral, anal and cardiac anomalies, trachea-oesophageal fistula with oesophageal atresia, radial anomalies, and renal dysplasia. The clinical diagnosis can be made when at least three component features are present.

This webinar, delivered on 23rd February 2021, presents the views of both a geneticist and a surgeon as to the importance of VACTERL diagnosis and is aimed at both health professionals and patients. The case from the geneticists’ side is made by Dr. Carlo Marcelis from the Department of Human Genetics in Radboudumc in the Netherlands, and the view from the surgeons’ side is made by Prof. Ernesto Leva, Director of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Policlinico in Milan. It is aimed at both healthcare professionals and patients.


Webinar 15: Reconstructive surgery following penile cancer [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Prof. Vijay Sangar (9 February 2021)

Penile Cancer can be a physically and functionally impairing disease. This webinar discusses different cases and how reconstruction can be utilized to maintain penile anatomy and function as best as possible. This can include reconstruction of small defects to phalloplasty.

The webinar was presented on 9th February 2021 by Vijay Sangar, Professor of Urology at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester University, and is aimed at healthcare professionals.


Webinar 14: Posterior Urethral Valves – Treatment & follow-up from a pediatric urological perspective [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Assoc. Prof. Sofia Sjöström & Assoc. Prof. Gundela Holmdahl (12 January 2021)

This webinar focuses on Posterior urethral valves (PUV) which is the most common congenital obstruction of the lower urinary tract in boys with an incidence of 1:5000 births. PUV carries a high risk of renal dysplasia, hydronephrosis, vesicoureteral reflux, bladder dysfunction and prenatal oligohydramnios with lung hypoplasia. The surgical treatment with ablation of the valves is a small endoscopic intervention but the long-term consequences of the valves can be fatal. The renal impairment is often progressive and the life-time risk of end stage renal disease is up to 30%. Prognostic factors include prenatal diagnosis and oligohydramnios, nadir creatinine the first year of life, reflux, recurrent urinary tract infections, bladder dysfunction and polyuria. The main goal of treating boys with PUV is to preserve renal function. In this webinar, we will discuss the urological treatment initially and at follow-up.

This webinar was presented on 12th January 2021 by associate professor Sofia Sjöström from The Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital, Gothenburg and associate professor Gundela Holmdahl from Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, and is aimed at healthcare professionals.


Webinar 13: Newborn Management of ARM in Female Patients [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Dr. Jan-Hendrik Gosemann and Dr. Herjan van der Steeg (15 December 2020)

This is the third webinar in the series covering all aspects of paediatric colorectal surgery, in particular (congenital) anorectal malformations, and is a joint presentation between ERN eUROGEN and ERN ERNICA. This webinar presents a diagnosis-and-treatment flowchart based on ARM-Net consensus concerning diagnosis and early management of newborns with anorectal malformations (ARM). The presentation focuses on the different ARM in female patients. Diagnostic measures and timing are presented, supported by pictures of different female ARM. Suggestions concerning diagnostics and further therapy are given, taking into account the resources and experience of the audience. Take home messages on initial diagnostics and (surgical) management are provided.

This webinar was presented by Dr. Jan-Hendrik Gosemann from Universitätsklinikum Leipzig and Dr. Herjan van der Steeg from Radboudumc Nijmegen, and is aimed at healthcare professionals.


Webinar 12: Complex urethral reconstruction – the two-staged Meshgraft technique [GoToWebinar] by Prof. Margit Fisch and Dr. Tim Ludwig (24 November 2020)

Two-staged repair of urethral strictures is indicated if the urethral plate is narrow and scarred with a lumen of less than 6F or if it is not salvageable. Today buccal mucosa is the preferred tissue for urethral reconstruction, however, longer grafts are associated with an increased morbidity at the harvesting site. Exposure to air with subsequent shrinkage is another disadvantage of BM. Thus, in long complex strictures requiring a staged procedure, we prefer the Meshgraft-technique (harvested from the inner thigh) as described by Prof. Schreiter in 1984. We will discuss the indications on the basis of case presentations. The main focus will be on the step-by-step surgical technique (Video stage I), and tips and tricks . We will present our experience and how to manage complications.

This webinar was presented by Prof. Margit Fisch and Dr. Tim Ludwig from Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, and was aimed at healthcare professionals.


Webinar 11: Intermittent (self-)Catheterisation in children: Teaching, guidance and follow-up care by nurse specialists & urotherapists [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Hanny Cobussen-Boekhorst (3 November 2020)

The introduction of Intermittent Catheterisation (IC) represented a urological revolution for patients with different (neurological) diagnoses and bladder-emptying difficulties. Nowadays, the technique of IC is applied to all age groups and has become an important therapeutic tool in paediatric urology. The goal of teaching IC is to provide a bladder-management program that promotes optimal health, self-esteem and independence. From the very beginning, nurses were involved in this treatment and nowadays, in most countries, nurses teach and coach IC to patients. During the presentation, the history and definition of IC are discussed, as well as describing various ways of teaching IC to children. This session is aimed at both healthcare professionals and patient groups.

This webinar was presented  by Hanny Cobussen-Boekhorst (PhD, MANP, RN), a nurse practitioner and urotherapist specialising in continence and stomacare in the Division of Paediatric Urology in Radboudumc in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Webinar 10: Newborn management of ARM in male patients [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Prof. Paola Midrio and Prof. Ivo de Blaauw (20 October 2020)

This webinar is the second in a series covering all aspects of paediatric colorectal surgery, in particular (congenital) anorectal malformations. Anorectal malformations (ARM) are rare congenital anomalies treated by paediatric surgeons with different levels of experience. Experience is often limited by the small number of cases per surgeon. This interactive webinar systematically discussed the new-born management of male patients. This included the demonstration of clinical cases, explanation of the international classification of ARM (Krickenbeck), the preoperative workup and surgical management of male new-born patients.

This webinar was presented by Prof. Paola Midrio from Cà Foncello Hospital, Treviso, Italy and Prof. Ivo de Blaauw from Radboudumc, Nijmegen in the Netherlands.


Webinar 9: Female Incontinence: From diagnosis to treatment in complex cases [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Frank Van der Aa (15 September 2020)

The diagnosis and treatment of complex female incontinence is challenging. It is mainly treated in expert centres where pooled experience exists. Solid evidence is non-existent in this field. This presentation covered some of the ways that these complex cases are approached in his centre along with  discussion around current treatment algorithms.

This webinar was presented by Frank Van der Aa (MD, PhD) from University Hospital Leuven in Belgium, a specialist in female & functional urology and reconstructive urology. He is also the eUROGEN education lead for our functional urology workstream.


Webinar 8: Paediatric Colorectal Surgery: An introduction to eUROGEN ARM Webinars [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Prof. Ivo de Blaauw and Ms. Dalia Aminoff (21 July 2020)

This webinar is the first in a series covering all aspects of paediatric colorectal surgery, in particular (congenital) anorectal malformations. In the webinar, the relevance of eUROGEN, ARMnet and other international networks was introduced and explained, and future topics for webinars was discussed.

This webinar was presented by Prof. Ivo de Blaauw, a paediatric surgeon at Radboudumc in Nijmegen, and Ms. Dalia Aminoff, the eUROGEN patient group representative for paediatric surgery. Prof. de Blaauw is also the eUROGEN Disease Area Coordinator for urorectal/anorectal malformations.


Webinar 7: Reconstructive surgery in females of vesicovaginal fistulae, vaginal mass, and urethral diverticulae [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Dr. John Heesakkers (16 June 2020)

A practical webinar focusing on rare functional urological diseases and complications:
– Firstly the general principles of assessment of vesicovaginal fistulae is explained
– The second case is the vaginal excision of a huge vaginal mass with good functional outcome afterwards
– The third case is the workup of a urethral diverticulum with a surgical video as an example (which can be found as a separate video [GoToWebinar] [YouTube])

This webinar was presented by Dr. John Heesakkers, Urologist at Radboudumc in Nijmegen, and eUROGEN Disease Area Coordinator for complicated & complex pelvic floor disorders.


Webinar 6: Adrenal incidentaloma: to biopsy or not? [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Mr. Hans Langenhuijsen (12 May 2020)

Adrenal incidentalomas are found in up to 10% of CT scans that are made for non-adrenal indications. The goal of this webinar is to illuminate the basic knowledge about adrenal diseases for urologists and the appropriate diagnostic work-up. What should be the steps upon finding of an adrenal incidentaloma? The importance of a multidisciplinary approach in evaluating the endocrine activity and the radiological characteristics are shown. The indications for surgery are assessed and for follow-up when surgery is not indicated. The specific role of biopsy for inconclusive adrenal tumours on imaging is discussed.

This webinar was presented by Mr. Hans Langenhuijsen, Urologist at Rabdoudumc in Nijmegen, and eUROGEN Disease Area Coordinator for adrenal tumours.


Webinar 5: Complex urethral reconstruction in males with case presentations [GoToWebinar] by Prof. Margit Fisch & Dr. Tim Ludwig (14 April 2020)

An overview of current concepts for treatment of urethral stricture disease, including  the presentation and discussion of three cases of complex strictures. This webinar was presented by Prof. Margit Fisch and Dr. Tim Ludwig from Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, and was aimed at healthcare professionals.


Webinar 4: Proximal hypospadias [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Prof. Magdalena Fossum (10 March 2020)

An update on incidence, aetiology and long-term follow-up reports. Important surgical considerations and techniques that are appropriate when dealing with proximal hypospadias are presented.

This webinar was presented by Magdalena Fossum, Professor of Paediatric Surgery at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen in Denmark. Within eUROGEN, Prof. Fossum is the research lead for the workstream dealing with rare congenital uro-recto-genital anomalies, as well as being the disease-area coordinator for posterior hypospadias.


Webinar 3: Fertility preservation following testis cancer [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Mr. Hussain Alnajjar (25 February 2020)

An insight into how to maximise the fertility potential and preserve patients’ fertility reserve when diagnosed with testicular cancer.

This webinar was presented by Mr. Hussain Alnajjar (BSc(MedSci), MCh(Urol), FRCS(Urol), FEBU), Consultant Urological Surgeon and Andrologist at University College London Hospitals.


Webinar 2: Late Effects of Penile Cancer – Lymphoedema [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Mr. Benjamin Ayres (12 November 2019)

Penile cancer is one of the rare urogenital cancers. It may have a significant impact on physical and psychological well-being of affected males. The extent of lymph node involvement is an important prognostic factor and effective management of regional lymph nodes is key to patient survival. Surgical excision of the affected lymph nodes is often necessary and can be associated with significant morbidity in the long term, causing retention of lymphatic fluid in the subcutaneous tissues of the genital organs and the lower limbs. Genital and lower limb lymphoedema can be debilitating and difficult to manage. This webinar gives an overview of the current state of lymphadenectomy in penile cancer and discusses the long-term management of lymphoedema.

This webinar was presented by Benjamin Ayres, consultant urological surgeon from St. George’s Hospital in the UK. He is also the eUROGEN disease-area coordinator for penile cancer.