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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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11December2018

News from BIOCYCLE

Edouard Louis

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BIOCYCLE includes a randomised three-arm, controlled clinical trial on 300 patients in five European countries, several patient and health care provider surveys in Europe and the United States, a biomarker research programme and pharmaco-economic analysis. ECCO is mainly involved in the monitoring of the project (through SciCom and ClinCom) and is the work package leader for dissemination of the results. BIOCYCLE is a 6-year-long project and was launched in April 2015.  

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, EU Projects

11December2018

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Slovenia

David Drobne and Gregor Novak, ECCO National Representatives, Slovenia

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  Slovenia

Name of group: There is no separate group for IBD. The disease is covered under the national organisation named the Slovenian Association for Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Number of active members: 75
Number of meetings per year:
President: Stojan Potrč
National Representatives: David Drobne and Gregor Novak
Joined ECCO in: 2008
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available): UC 6.8/100,000, CD 5.7/100,000, total incidence including UBDU 13.7/100,000 

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, ECCO Country Member Profiles

11December2018

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Malta

Pierre Ellul, ECCO National Representative

Malta   Malta

Name of group: GI group within the Medical Association of Malta
Number of active members: 15
Number of meetings per year: Not applicable 
President: Stephen Fava 
National Representative: Pierre Ellul
Joined ECCO in:  2016

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, ECCO Country Member Profiles

11December2018

Y-ECCO Literature Review: Sasha Fehily

Sasha Fehily

Introduction

There has been a recent shift in Crohn’s Disease (CD) management away from the conventional focus on short-term clinical outcomes and towards the maintenance of long-term remission.  In 2015 the International Organisation for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases released a consensus statement recommending a treat-to-target approach [1]. The STRIDE initiative recommended pursuing treatment escalation in order to achieve the treatment targets of clinical remission and mucosal healing, with adjunctive use of normal C-reactive protein (CRP) and faecal calprotectin (FC) levels. However, the authors noted that prospective studies would be needed to confirm that achievement of these targets would alter the natural history of disease and improve patients’ quality of life.

Posted in Y-ECCO Literature Reviews, ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 13, Issue 4, Y-ECCO

11December2018

Y-ECCO Literature Review Introduction

Dominik Bettenworth, Y-ECCO Literature Review Admin

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Dominik Bettenworth 
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Dear Y-ECCO Friends,

A warm welcome to the Y-ECCO Literature Review section, where you will find a summary and discussion of cutting-edge clinical trials as well as basic science studies in the field of IBD. 

If you are a Y-ECCO Member and you are looking for an opportunity to get actively involved in ECCO and gain some visibility, contribute your article to the Y-ECCO Literature Review corner, together with a short self-description and your picture.

Posted in Y-ECCO Literature Reviews, ECCO News, Committee News, Volume 13, Issue 4, Y-ECCO

11December2018

Y-ECCO Interview corner: Florian Rieder

Charlotte Hedin, Y-ECCO Member

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Florian Rieder is currently an Associate Staff physician in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as well as an Investigator in the Department of Inflammation and Immunity at the Cleveland Clinic in the USA. His area of interest is pathogenesis of intestinal fibrosis and trial endpoint development for testing anti-fibrotics in stricturing IBD patients. He received his medical degree from the LMU Munich and has worked in Germany, Switzerland and South Africa as well as the USA. 

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, Committee News, Y-ECCO

11December2018

Y-ECCO Members’ Address

Nuha Yassin, Y-ECCO Chair

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Dear Y-ECCO Friends,

I hope that this Members’ Address finds you all well and that you’re enjoying the beautiful autumn colours. Alas, this will be the last time that I address you as Y-ECCO Chair, as I will be stepping down from this position at the next ECCO Congress (2019, Copenhagen). It is with the greatest pleasure that I will then hand over the position of Chair to my colleague, Dominik Bettenworth (Münster, Germany), who has been an executive Y-ECCO Committee Member for the last 3 years. My colleague John Nik Ding will also be completing his 3-year Committee Membership and accompanying me down the path of the autumn leaves to regular ECCO Membership, thus making way for two new Y-ECCO Committee Members.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, Committee News, Y-ECCO

11December2018

The “Cutting Edge” in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Dilemmas and Debates - S-ECCO Session at the MAYO Clinic

Antonino Spinelli, S-ECCO Member; Paulo Kotze, EduCom Member

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Paulo KotzePaulo Kotze
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Rochester, USA, September 18, 2018

On September 18, 2018, a very interesting multidisciplinary IBD meeting was held at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, with ECCO endorsement and involvement of several ECCO and S-ECCO Members. The meeting was organised by Amy Lightner and John Pemberton, and the focus was on the interaction between medical, endoscopic and surgical therapy of IBD. ECCO EduCom was represented by Peter Irving (UK) and Paulo Kotze (BRA), while several S-ECCO representatives also made significant contributions to the scientific programme, including Antonino Spinelli (ITA), Willem Bemelman (HOL), Andre D’Hoore (BEL) and Janindra Warusavitarne (UK). In addition, a number of experienced North American gastroenterologists and surgeons, such as Remo Panaccione (CAN), Sunanda Kane (USA), Miguel Regueiro (USA), Bo Shen (USA) and Phil Fleshner (USA), were involved in the programme.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, Committee News, S-ECCO

11December2018

5th S-ECCO International IBD Workshop

Antonino Spinelli, S-ECCO Member; Paulo Kotze, EduCom Member

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Paulo KotzePaulo Kotze
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Barranquilla, Colombia

Last August, during the Colombian national congress of colorectal surgery, the 5th S-ECCO International IBD Workshop took place in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia. The programme was developed by S-ECCO and the workshop was held over one and a half days during the 3-day Colombian congress. Several current and previous ECCO Committee Members were involved in the programme: Willem Bemelman (HOL), ECCO Secretary; Antonio Lopez San-Roman (SPA), EduCom Chair; Marc Ferrante (BEL), ClinCom Chair; Paulo Kotze (BRA), EduCom Member; Janindra Warusavitarne (UK) and Andre D’Hoore (BEL). Other international guests, including Phil Fleshner (USA), Stephan Holubar (USA), Sergio Araujo (BRA) and Fabio Teixeira (BRA), also made substantial contributions to the programme. The faculty was completed by experienced Colombian gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons and worked together in an outstanding scientific atmosphere.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, Committee News, S-ECCO

11December2018

The IBD Nurse Education Programme

Kay Greveson, N-ECCO Chair

K.Greveson  Kay Greveson
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The ECCO IBD Nurse Education Programme was introduced in 2018. Prior to embarking on the development of the programme, N-ECCO undertook a survey regarding the IBD nurse role in 2014 and found very large variation across Europe, with the role still being in its infancy in some countries. The level of education also varied. A scoping exercise was done to see whether there was a need for an educational programme. A total of 140 responses were obtained from a mix of clinical IBD nurses, nurses who reported that they cared for patients with IBD but whose role was not specifically IBD care, and research nurses. There was overwhelming agreement on the need for this type of programme and over 60% said that they had no accredited IBD course available to them. In all countries the largest provider of IBD training was the pharmaceutical companies. 

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 13, Issue 4, Committee News, N-ECCO