Scientific programme

The scientific programme is structured around basic science, translational medicine and clinical sessions, given by some of the world’s top specialists. It also includes oral presentations of the best abstracts, the announcement of ECCO Fellowships and Grants and summary presentations of new ECCO Guidelines.  The focus of all sessions is clinical practice founded on science, with practical messages to take home.
Scientific sessions are held from Thursday, February 15 to Saturday, February 17, 2018. The congress registration fee includes access to all scientific sessions.

Preliminary programme
(as of March 2017)

Science improving patients' lives

  • Plenary hall

    Industry sponsored satellite symposia 1a & 1b (tbc)
    12:15-12:20  Welcome
    Rainer Schöfl, Linz, Austria
    12:20-12:30   Opening
    Julián Panés, Barcelona, Spain
    Scientific session 1: Exploring IBD over time
    Charlotte Hedin, Stockholm, Sweden
    Axel Dignass, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
    12:30-12:50   Can we diganose pre-symptomatic IBD?
    Joana Torres, Lisbon, Portugal
    12:50-13:00   Oral presentation 1
    Targeting early disease - lessons from rheumatoid arthritis 
    13:20-13:30   Oral presentation 2
    13:30-13:40  Oral presentation 3
    13:40-14:00   Evolution of disease pathways over time in CD - early versus late disease 
    Florian Rieder, Cleveland, United States
    14:00-14:30 Coffee break 
    14:30-16:00 Scientific session 2: Novel treatment strategies
    Tim Raine, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Matthieu Allez, Paris, France
    14:30-14:50 Combining new drugs with different mechanisms 
    Shomron Ben-Horin, Ramat Gan, Israel
    14:50-15:00 Oral presentation 4
    15:00-15:20 Stem cell therapy for perianal CD - multidisciplinary management 
    Damián García-Olmo, Madrid, Spain
    Silvio Danese, Milan, Italy

    15:20-15:30 Oral presentation 5
    15:30-15:40 Oral presentation 6
    15:40-16:00 Small molecules are back
    Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, Nancy, France
    16:00-17:20 Scientific session 3: The future of IBD Diagnosis and Disease Prediction 
    Iris Dotan, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Jonas Halfvarson, Örebrö, Sweden

    16:00-16:20 ECCO-ESGAR Guidelines: Present and future of diagnostic techniques for IBD 
    Jaap Stoker, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Christian Maaser, Lueneburg, Germany
    16:20-16:40 Molecular endoscopy for IBD 
    Raja Atreya, Erlangen, Germany
    16:40-16:50 Oral presentation 7 
    16:50-17:00 Oral presentation 8
    17:00-17:20 Integration of "omics" and potential for clinical practice 
    Claudio Fiocchi, Cleveland, United States
    17:30-18:30 Digital oral presentations (Sessions 1-5)
    Industry sponsored satellite symposia 2a, 2b, 2c (tbc)
  • Plenary hall

    07:15-08:15 Industry sponsored satellite symposia 3a, 3b & 3c (tbc)
    08:30-10:30 Scientific session 4: Returning to a normal life with IBD
    Barry Hall, Dublin, Ireland

    Paula Ministro, Viseu, Portugal
    08:30-08:50 Sexual dysfunction in IBD patients 
    Eugeni Domènech, Badalona, Spain
    08:50-09:00 Oral presentation 9
    09:00-09:10 Oral presentation 10
    09:10-09:20 Oral presentation 11
    09:20-09:40 How to prevent disability 
    Jean-Frédéric Colombel, New York City, United States
    09:40-09:50 Oral presentation 12
    09:50-10:00 Oral presentation 13
    10:00-10:10 Oral presentation 14
    10:10-10:30 Patient perspective on treatment goals 
    Corey Siegel, Lebanon, United States
    10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00-12:30 Scientific session 5: New opportunities for IBD care and research
    Dominik Bettenworth, Münster, Germany

    James Lindsay, London, United Kingdom
    11:00-11:20 Remote monitoring
    Daniel Baumgart, Berlin, Germany
    11:20-11:40 Point of care tests
    Ann Gils, Leuven, Belgium
    11:40-12:00 Web-based registries 
    Pascal Juillerat, Bern, Switzerland
    12:00-12:10 Oral presentation 15
    12:10-12:30 Can the patient become an investigator?
    Germari Bianchi, Milan, Italy
    12:30-13:30 Lunch
    12:30-13:30 Guided poster session
    Industry sponsored educational lunchtime satellite symposia LS1,LS2,LS3,LS4 (tbc)
    13:30-15:00 Scientific session 6: Best peroperative management of IBD
    Yves Panis, Clichy, France
    Walter Reinisch, Vienna, Austria
    13:30-13:50 Get your patient fit for surgery
    Paulo Kotze, Curitiba, Brazil
    Peter Irving, London, United Kingdom
    13:50-14:00 Oral presentation 16
    14:00-14:20 Enhanced postoperative recovery pathways
    Gionata Fiorino, Milan, Italy

    Antonino Spinelli, Milan, Italy
    14:20-14:30 Oral presentation 17
    14:30-14:40 Oral presentation 18
    14:40-15:00 Preventive strategy after resection surgery in CD
    Pierre Michetti, Lausanne, Switzerland
    15:00-15:30 Coffee break
    15:30-16:10 Scientific session 7: ECCO Fellowship and Grants
    Gerhard Rogler, Zurich, Switzerland

    Dino Tarabar, Belgrade, Serbia
    15:30-15:37 Outcomes from the ECCO-IOIBD Fellowship 2016 
    15:37-15:44 Outcomes from the ECCO-IOIBD Fellowship 2017