IMD Adult Course

September 27-28, 2021

virtual meeting


Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the SSIEM 2021 Adult Metabolic Course!
The course will take place online in a format of four consecutive workshops on September 27 and 28, 2021 (approx. 02.00pm – 07.00 pm, CET). Two months prior to the course, selected participants will receive online lectures addressing theoretical knowledge on Inherited Metabolic Diseases in adults.

Course description
This course aims at providing an introduction into the biochemical basis, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of Inherited Metabolic Diseases (IMDs) in adult medicine. Lectures and workshops will cover the biochemical basis, clinical manifestations and pathophysiology of the different (groups of) disorders. Diagnostic strategies and interpretation of metabolic diagnostic investigations will be explored. Treatment of both acute and chronic manifestations, the rationale for using specific drugs and/or supplements and long-term complications will be addressed. Special attention will be given to the dietary treatments.

Due to the current pandemic and travel restrictions, the course will be divided in 2 steps:

  • Step 1 – August 1: participants will get access to a teaching platform with the provision of 21 short lectures (total of eight hours teaching) to cover fundamental knowledge about IMDs in adults. Access to the platform will be possible until October 31.
  • Step 2 – September 27 & 28: participants will join adult metabolic specialists in 4 consecutive workshops (approx. 02.00pm – 07.00 pm, CET) dedicated to the main organ system involved in IMDs: liver, muscle, nervous system and multi-organs, respectively. Workshops will be structured based on the case reports submitted by the delegates. Live interactions will be facilitated throughout the workshops by polling systems and ongoing chats with the experts.

Target Audience
Adult physicians (especially neurologists, endocrinologists, internists, hepatologists, geneticists, etc.) with some basic knowledge of and exposure to IMDs that wish to acquire further knowledge of these disorders.

What are the learning objectives?
* understanding the biochemical basis of inherited disorders of carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids and intermediate metabolism, as well as complex molecules (e.g., glycosphingolipids, glycosaminoglycans)
* basic knowledge of the available metabolic laboratory tests and interpretation of their results
* basic knowledge of the pathophysiology of disease manifestations of IMDs
* knowledge on acute treatment of metabolic decompensations as well as chronic treatment (including dietary treatment) and care of adult patients with IMDs
* knowledge of the potential complications and mode of follow up for the most prevalent IMDs
* clinical-based approach to diagnose patients with IMD in adult medicine
* knowledge on information sources available for physicians treating patients with IMDs

How to apply? 
Course application will open end of April, 2021 at - potential delegates need to apply on the platform by submitting a one-page CV and a letter of motivation, which should describe in detail which current or future role the applicant shall play in the field. As places are limited, if the course is oversubscribed there will be a selection process and completion of the application form will not guarantee a place on the course.

Course schedule
end of April   application platform opens
June 28          application platform closes
July 2021        selection process of 50 participants
August 1         accepted delegates to be notified
August 1         teaching platform opens
August            participants prepare their cases to be presented during the online course
August 27       deadline for submitting the cases to be presented during the online course
Sep 27/28       online course

Course fees

  • SSIEM members that have paid a 2021 membership fee: free
  • Non-SSIEM members:  EUR 140.00 for delegates from high income countries, EUR 80.00 for all other countries. Details of Countries can be found on the SSIEM website.  Non-members are encouraged to become SSIEM members - please see membership information on the SSIEM website.

Course Certificate
Certificate of attendance will be submitted to all delegates after the course.