ESPE Working Group on Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology

The paediatric & adolescent gynaecology working group aims to improve the reproductive health of adolescent girls by bringing together clinical physicians and basic scientists involved and/or interested in the field.

Programme for the Annual Meeting Symposium in Vienna

The Annual Meeting Symposium for the PAG Working Group will take place on Thursday 19 September 2019 at 08:00-10:00 in Vienna, Austria.  

Programme for the 2019 Annual Meeting Symposium

Report on activities from 2018

  • The topic of the 2018 PAG Working Group Symposium was Puberty, and was developed by four speakers, including Ken Ong, from Cambrige, UK, who discussed the Genetic determinants of puberty timing, Frank Biro, from Cicinnati, Ohio, US, who spoke about Body adiposity as a determinant of age at puberty, Liat de Vries, from Petah Tikva, Israel, who discussed the Endocrine-metabolic outcome of women with a history of sexual precocity, and Anne-Lise Goddings, from London, UK, who dealt with Neurodevelopment and puberty. The Puberty session was preceded by a presentation given by Paolo Giacobini, from INSERM, Lille, France, who spoke about the Prenatal Programming of PCOS: interplay between anti-müllerian hormone and the GnRH system. The session was very well attended, and the public participation was high.
  • The Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/ext2), where three members of the group (Thomas Reinerh, Ken Ong, and Lourdes Ibáñez) participated, has been released during 2018. The work has been governed across an international advisory board, the CRE in PCOS Steering Committee (Chaired by Professor Robert Norman) and the Project Board. Professor Helena Teede has led this initiative (Human Reproduction, Volume 34, Issue 2, 1 February 2019, Pages 388,https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/dey363.
  • The PAG WG drafted in their annual gathering during the ESPE meeting the program of the forthcoming Symposium in Vienna (September 2019). The first part will deal with PCOS, and will be developed by three speakers: Francis de Zegher (Early Development), Thomas Reinerh (Lifestyle Intervention) and Lourdes Ibáñez (Pharmacological Treatment); the last part of the Symposium will include two speakers; Angelica Lindén, who will discuss  the effects of Hyperandrogenism in Female Athletes, and Katherine Hoeger, who will speak about Contraception in Adolescents.   
  • The PAG WG has been approached by a member of EURAPAG (European Association of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynecology), Dr. Eelco Schroor. He will organize the 15th European Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on June 3-6, 2020, and has asked the PAG WG to participate setting up a whole session where members of the group will develop different aspects of adolescent PCOS, including Genetics & Epigenetics, Early Development, Lifestyle Intervention and Pharmacological Treatment. We are presently working in the preliminary program, with so far four confirmed speakers.

Planned activities for 2019-2020

  • Forthcoming Working Group Session, 59th Annual ESPE Meeting, Vienna, Austria; 19-21 September 2019.The first part will update some aspects of adolescent PCOS, including the early origins, lifestyle intervention and pharmacological treatment. The last part of the session will focus on the effects of hyperandrogenism in female athletes, and on contraception options in adolescents.    
  • The PAG Working Group has been invited to set up a symposium during the 15th European Congress of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 3-6, 2020. The proposed title of the symposium will be Adolescent PCOS, and will address genetics & epigenetics, early development, diagnosis and intervention/prevention. 

For further information on the activities of this Working Group please contact Lourdes Ibáñez at libanez@sjdhospitalbarcelona.org.

Working Group Members


Lourdes Ibáñez



Anne-Simone Parent


Abel López-Bermejo


Marco Cappa


Anders Juul


Catherine Pienkowski


Michel Polak


Thomas Reinehr


Ken Ong


Sabine Heger