Letter of Invitation

Silvio Danese, ECCO President 2018-2020

Dear Colleagues,

“Think global and not local”.
Our ECCO Congress has become the leading world congress for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases with over 6500 attendees from more than 87 different countries. The 15th Congress will be held on February 12-15, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. 2020 is a crucial year to look back to the major achievements in research and clinical care, and strategically re-think the future of IBD for our patients.

The theme of the programme is “IBD beyond 2020”, and the organizing committee has planned a fantastic program. Major themes will tackle hot debates such as the future of TNF treatment, the challenge of using surgery before medical therapy, and novel tools to monitor disease activity. In addition, sessions will focus on better patient stratification at the molecular level as well as strategies to reduce disease burden.

Presentations from the major IBD consortia worldwide will highlight the breakthrough achievements and the future for genetics, microbiome, prevention strategies and therapeutic drug monitoring inviting key representatives of the global consortia. Futuristic lectures will include multi-omics, BIG data and deep learning, with the potential implications for IBD management. We will continue our tradition of having multiple tandem talks, and several sessions that involve all the different ECCO committees with live discussions during the presentation of clinical cases.

Beside the Scientific Programme, we have planned multiple educational activities before the start of the Congress, such as the 18th IBD Intensive Advanced Course for junior gastroenterologists, the 6th Y-ECCO Basic Science Workshop, the 7th ClinCom Workshop directed at clinical trialists, and the 14th N-ECCO Network Meeting and the 11th N-ECCO School for nurses. So check out our ECCO 2020 Congress website at www.ecco-ibd.eu/ecco20 and register on time to secure your seat for our educational activities!

Looking forward to welcome you in Vienna at ECCO Congress for IBD: Beyond 2020.

Yours sincerely,
Silvio Danese
ECCO President 2018-2020 

Silvio Danese