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Are you a patient or carer of someone receiving either home parenteral or enteral (tube feeding) nutrition living in Ireland? 

If so, we want to hear from you.

Who we are:

The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) is a non-profit, voluntary organisation of doctors, dietitians, nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to improving nutritional care of patients in Ireland. 

Have Your Say

If you are a patient on nutrition support at home, or care for someone that is, please take just 5 minutes to complete our short survey, designed to find out more about the support needs of home nutrition patients around the country

 Why we ask

As many IrSPEN members are healthcare professionals who are involved with patients with complex nutritional needs, we want to know how we can help improve the support and information available to patients on long term enteral or parenteral nutrition at home. 

Patient Support Meeting – Spring 2020

In the UK, an organisation called Patients on Intravenous and Nasogastric Therapy (PINNT) provides support and an online forum for patients on home feeding, but in Ireland, no such patient organisation currently exists.  With this in mind, IrSPEN, in conjunction with PINNT, is planning to organise a meeting for patients and carers in a central location in Dublin in late spring, where there will be an opportunity to hear from invited speakers on relevant topics and share experiences.  Your responses to the survey will help us tailor the programme to meet expectations, while giving us a better idea of the support needs of patients around the country and the interest in having other events and support days. 

How to complete the survey

To request a paper version of the survey please contact your home nutrition provider. At the end of the survey, you will be given the option of providing IrSPEN with your contact details so that we can send you further information and joining details for the Spring patient meeting. Your personal information will remain separate from the results of the survey to maintain anonymity and will not be used other than for the purposes stated.


BAPEN 2019 Annual Conference

ICC Belfast – Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th November 2019

Pre-conference teaching day – Monday 25th November 2019

This year’s symposia will cover:

Sports Nutrition in Clinical Settings. Neonatal Nutrition Support, COPD, Nutrition in Pancreatic Disease, Gastroparesis, Early Assessment of Intestinal Failure, Upper GI Cancer, Blood Glucose Control in PN, Frailty – patient centred symposium, Home Parenteral Nutrition, To name but a few…

Other highlights will include:

Update on BAPEN’s current activities, Pennington and BAPEN Keynote Lectures, Original Communications, Chaired Poster Sessions, Industry Partners Exhibition, BAPEN Annual Dinner

Summary Programme here


13th European Nutrition Conference

Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) 2019

15 – 18 October 2019 in the

Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland


The Nutrition Society in cooperation with The Nutrition Society Irish Section are pleased, as hosts, to invite you to the 13th European Nutrition Conference, Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will take place from 15 – 18 October 2019 in the Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland in the heart of Dublin city.

The FENS European Nutrition Conference is held once every four years, and is the premier European meeting in its field.

The theme for the 2019 conference is “Malnutrition in an Obese World: European Perspectives”.

The scientific programme will feature the best international speakers, covering a wide programme of subject areas across the spectrum of nutritional science in plenary and parallel session formats. Both oral and poster presentation opportunities for submitted papers and invited speaker slots, will be included in the four-day programme. A range of other sessions, such as workshops sessions, special “Hot Topic” presentations, industrial symposia, panel debates, and satellite symposia or sessions hosted by related organisations and societies are welcome. There is sufficient meeting space within the venue to accommodate a wide range of smaller meetings and sessions, as well as nearby hotels, should any visiting societies wish to hold private meetings off-site.

Dublin is one of Europe’s great cities. It is presently one of the major cities for industry and sciences. Dublin’s reputation for hospitality and for ensuring a fabulous welcome is legendary. Its cultural pedigree is renowned from the famous Book of Kells in Trinity College, a vibrant traditional music scene, to the fact that it has been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature with a literary heritage stretching over hundreds of years. It is small enough to ensure that all conference events and accommodation will be just a short walk away while large enough to allow one to get lost wandering its museums, music venues, restaurants and, of course, traditional pubs.

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you in Dublin in 2019 for a truly memorable FENS European Nutrition Conference.

Professor Philip Calder & Professor Helene McNulty
Co-Chairs FENS 2019
Dublin, Ireland

Full details here

Click on the links below to find events by ESPEN, BAPEN, ASPEN, INDI and The Nutritional Society:

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