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Epidemiology and Natural History of IBD in the Paediatric Age

Call for Papers

A marked increase in the number of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) diagnoses has been observed worldwide within the last 50 years, and all age branches are involved. The changing epidemiology of IBD suggests that environmental factors are involved in modifying disease expression. Assessing the incidence of IBD is complicated, especially in the developmental age.

Keeping up-to-date with the multicentre national registers and international networking is a key feature to develop information on IBD epidemiology and to provide an examination of possible etiological hypotheses on a large scale of patients. IBD management is particularly demanding in the developmental age. The rising trend in IBD incidence in developing nations suggests that epidemiological evolution is related to westernization of lifestyle and industrialization. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Epidemiology of IBD worldwide
  • Epidemiology of IBD in the paediatric population
  • Natural history of IBD
  • Etiopathogenesis of IBD: Genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors
  • Nutritional and social issues in children with IBD
  • IBD: Burden of disease in general and paediatric populations

Before submission, authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/grp/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/grp/enh/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 6 December 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 28 February 2014
Publication DateFriday, 25 April 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Graziella Guariso, Department of Women and Children’s Health, Unit of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Digestive Endoscopy, Hepatology and Care of Children with Liver Transplantation, University Hospital of Padua, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Marco Gasparetto, Department of Women and Children’s Health, Unit of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Digestive Endoscopy, Hepatology and Care of Children with Liver Transplantation, University Hospital of Padua, Italy
  • Andrew S. Day, Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Paediatric Gastroenterology, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Paul Henderson, Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK