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ECCO News keeps ECCO Members up-to-date on what is going on within the organisation and reports on IBD activities taking place within Europe. Since Spring 2006, ECCO News has maintained the flow of information between Members of the organisation. 

ECCO News is an important part of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation’s ambition to create a European standard of IBD care and to promote knowledge and research in the field of IBD. ECCO Members automatically receive this publication four times a year. 

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08June2018

Y-ECCO Members’ Address

Nuha Yassin, Y-ECCO Chair

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Nuha Yassin © ECCO

Dear Y-ECCO Friends,

Greetings fellow Y-ECCOs. I hope you are all enjoying some warmth after the prolonged winter. The Young ECCO Committee (Y-ECCO) has been using the cold winter time well, wrapped up indoors and brewing up a couple of brand new hot beverages for you as we continue to strive to provide Y-ECCO Members with the best possible offers.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 13, Issue 2, Y-ECCO

27April2018

Interview with the new ECCO Secretary

Pieter Hindryckx, ECCO News Associate Editor

Pieter Hindryckx
Pieter Hindryckx
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Willem Bemelman

Position: Secretary 20182020

Nationality: Dutch

Born: December 17, 1958

Past ECCO Positions: 
     • Co-founder of S-ECCO
     • S-ECCO Chair
     • Chair, Surgical ECCO Guidelines on Crohn’s Disease

Posted in Governing Board, ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1, Committee News

27April2018

Presentation of the new JCC Editorial Team

Laurence J. Egan, JCC Editor-in-Chief

Larry Egan
Laurence J. Egan
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Dear ECCO Friends,

As with every year, the ECCO Congress in Vienna was the occasion for the Editorial Team of the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (JCC) – including the Associate Editors (AE) and the Editorial Board Members – to meet in order to evaluate the achievements of the previous year and to discuss new projects and ideas with the aim of keeping JCC at a high level of quality in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology journals with a focus on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. I would like to seize this opportunity to introduce you to the new Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members who joined the JCC team at the ECCO Congress and over the past few months.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1

27April2018

The UR-CARE registry has been validated and is ready for use

Johan Burisch, Y-ECCO Member

Johan Burisch
Johan Burisch
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The “United Registries for Clinical Assessment and Research” (UR-CARE) database is an IBDIM (IBD in Motion, the research unit of ECCO) initiative to facilitate daily patient care and research studies in IBD in centres and/or research groups across Europe. The UR-CARE database [1] offers comprehensive data collection, including data on disease characteristics, diagnostic procedures (such as endoscopy or imaging), medical and surgical treatments, and laboratory tests. Several databases developed for use in IBD already exist, but usually these have been implemented in clinical practice or research studies without validation. 

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1, UR-CARE News

27April2018

UR-CARE Training Centre at ECCO'18

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Dear ECCO Friends,

We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all of you who stopped by at the UR-CARE Training Centre to familiarise yourselves with your potential own new patient registry for the future.  

Posted in ECCO News, ECCO'18, Volume 13, Issue 1, Congress News, UR-CARE News

27April2018

Report on the 4th Y-ECCO Basic Science Workshop at ECCO'18

Isabelle Cleynen, Former Y-ECCO Chair

Isabelle Cleynen
Isabelle Cleynen
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With the Y-ECCO Basic Science Workshop, Y-ECCO aims to give basic science, and young clinicians doing basic science or full-time researchers, a more visible platform within ECCO and the ECCO Congress. We also want to promote scientific exchange and networking among (young) basic scientists. Each edition of the workshop features two top-notch speakers and experts in their field who give state of the art overviews on the session topics and are then invited to join the discussions following oral abstract presentations by Y-ECCO Members. The two sessions of this year’s workshop focussed on “In vivo perils in IBD” and “Ex vivo promises in IBD”. 

Posted in ECCO'18, ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1, Committee News, Congress News, Y-ECCO

27April2018

Y-ECCO Interview corner: Ailsa Hart and Willem Bemelman

Nuha Yassin, Y-ECCO Chair

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Nuha Yassin © ECCO

Dear Y-ECCO Friends,

In our series of Y-ECCO corner interviews, we are adding a new flavour for 2018 by conducting a tandem interview with the IBD giants. Today, I am delighted to be joined by Ailsa Hart and Willem Bemelman, who are respectively a leading gastroenterologist and leading surgeon in the world of IBD. We have all heard them give tandem talks and look forward to finding out more about them in this tandem interview. Many thanks for agreeing to be interviewed, Ailsa and Willem. We’ll ask you similar questions and see if the answers are similar or different.

Nuha Yassin
Y-ECCO Interview Corner Coordinator

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1, Committee News, Y-ECCO

27April2018

Y-ECCO Members’ Address

Nuha Yassin, Y-ECCO Chair

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Nuha Yassin © ECCO

Dear Y-ECCO Friends,

This is my first Members’ Address as the newly elected Y-ECCO Chair after being a Committee Member for the past 3 years. I have succeeded Isabelle Cleynen (Leuven), who was a fantastic chair and a great friend. I had the pleasure of previously working with Tim Raine and Pieter Hindryckx, who were also exemplary in their leadership of Y-ECCO, and I am delighted to be able to keep in touch with them. Y-ECCO truly creates solid bonds and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with past Committee Members and Chairs as well as the current fantastic Committee.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1, Committee News, Y-ECCO

27April2018

Report on the 3rd H-ECCO IBD Masterclass at ECCO'18

Roger Feakins, H-ECCO Chair

Roger Feakins
Roger Feakins © ECCO

The 3rd Histopathologists of ECCO (H-ECCO) Masterclass took place in Vienna on February 15–16, 2018.

Since its formation in 2016, the Histology Working Group of ECCO (H-ECCO) has organised a successful annual educational Masterclass. The 3rd H-ECCO Masterclass at the 2018 ECCO Congress in Vienna ran on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. It coincided with an important event: The official conversion of the H-ECCO Working Group to a full committee on the Thursday evening.  Attendance at the Masterclass was good (over 70 registrants) and the audience comprised a mixture of histopathologists and gastroenterologists from Europe and further afield.

Posted in ECCO'18, ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1, Congress News, H-ECCO

27April2018

4th International Symposium on Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease - PIBD 2017

David Wilson, P-ECCO Member

David Wilson
David Wilson © ECCO

The first International Symposium on Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (PIBD) took place in Rome in 2006 and was hosted by Salvatore Cucchiara. It was followed by the second PIBD Symposium in 2009 in Paris, hosted by Frank Ruemmele. Both were private initiatives. After a pause while plans to alternate PIBD Symposia between venues in Europe and North America were considered, the paediatric IBD Porto group of ESPGHAN took over all organisation. This resulted in the 3rd Symposium in Rotterdam in 2014, hosted by Hankje Escher.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 1, Committee News, P-ECCO