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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. 

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12June2019

Future of D-ECCO

Marjo Campmans-Kuijpers, D-ECCO Chair

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The importance of nutrition in IBD Management is increasingly recognised. Of course, the best evidence that nutrition deserves a place in IBD Treatment is the fact that exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) is the primary treatment in children with active Crohn’s Disease (CD). In addition, some dietary patterns are associated with the outcomes in IBD, and recently it was shown that partial enteral nutrition, accompanied by a special CD exclusion diet, is as effective as EEN and brings into remission even those patients who fail on biologics.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, Committee News, D-ECCO

12June2019

New GuiCom 2019 - Viewpoint of a Surgeon as a New Member

Antonino Spinelli, GuiCom Member

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GuiCom has earned the reputation of being one of the busiest ECCO Committees. Looking at the number and importance of the ongoing projects in 2019, it is evident that this fame is well deserved: it is sufficient to mention the near completion of the new Crohn’s Disease (CD) Guidelines and the launch of the upcoming Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Guidelines.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, Committee News, GuiCom

12June2019

Call for 2020 ECCO Educational Workshop Destinations

The primary goal of the Educational Workshops organised by the ECCO Education Committee is to harmonise IBD practices within ECCO Country Members by presenting the practical use of the ECCO Guidelines on Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, EduCom, ECCO'20, Congress News

12June2019

Hot topics in Epidemiology from ECCO’19

Naila Arebi, EpiCom Member

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While the traditional role of epidemiology was the study of communicable diseases, it has evolved to a modern approach geared towards the study of the increasing incidence of non-communicable chronic diseases. Epidemiology may be defined as the collection of large sample sizes and the measurement of numerous variables from stored samples to facilitate estimation of disease risk over time, and may involve the development and use of new techniques to acquire dependent and independent variables [1]. Nevertheless, the traditional view of epidemiology remains embedded as the study of epidemics. In studying Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as an epidemic, several aspects were addressed at ECCO'19 Copenhagen Congress, including changes in the incidence/prevalence of IBD in different populations (countries), effects of therapy on surgical rates, the incidence of complications such as colorectal cancer, the impact of treatment patterns and findings in smaller sub-populations such as patients with elderly-onset and perianal Crohn’s Disease (CD). Although the modern definition carries a risk that studies will be conducted without a specific hypothesis thereby generating statistically significant observations of no clinical relevance nor benefit, the studies presented at ECCO 2019 addressed clinically important questions.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, Committee News, EpiCom

12June2019

Report from IIS Award Winner 2019: Erwin Dreesen

Erwin Dreesen, ECCO Member

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Targeting endoscopic outcomes through combined pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic monitoring of infliximab therapy in patients with Crohn’s Disease

In the multicentre, randomised, controlled TAILORIX trial, it was not possible to show a benefit of infliximab dose escalation based on a combination of pharmacokinetic monitoring (i.e. serum concentrations of infliximab) and pharmacodynamic monitoring (i.e. symptoms and biomarker) as compared to dose escalation based on symptoms alone [1]. However, infliximab dose escalations only commenced after the induction regimen. In the current post hoc pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic analysis of TAILORIX, we examined the roles of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic monitoring during infliximab induction and maintenance therapy for targeting endoscopic outcomes [2].

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, Committee News, ClinCom

12June2019

Report from IIS Award Winner 2019: Amit Assa

Amit Assa, P-ECCO Member

Proactive adalimumab trough measurement is associated with improved treatment outcomes in children with Crohn’s Disease: The PAILOT randomised controlled trial

Amit Assa 2019
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Loss of response (LOR) during anti-TNF treatment for Crohn's Disease (CD) is commonly approached through the measurement of trough concentration (TC) and anti-drug antibodies, with subsequent modification of treatment (reactive therapeutic drug measurement, TDM). It is appealing to speculate that tailored treatment based on routine TC and antibody measurements (proactive TDM) may assist in sustaining adequate drug levels and thus in improving efficacy and preventing the evolution of anti-drug antibodies. Nevertheless, two randomised controlled trials, the TAXIT [1] and the TAILORIX [2], have failed to demonstrate superiority of level-based over clinically based adjustment of infliximab treatment. To date, there are no prospective studies comparing proactive vs reactive TDM in paediatric CD nor are there any studies evaluating the proactive approach among adults or children treated with adalimumab. Hence, we aimed to investigate the effect of proactive drug monitoring-based treatment, in comparison with clinical and biologic-based monitoring of disease activity in children with CD treated with adalimumab.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, Committee News, ClinCom

12June2019

New SciCom Members

Janneke van der Woude, SciCom Chair

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During the ECCO’19 Copenhagen Congress the Scientific Committee cordially welcomed Marc Ferrante as a new member.

Marc Ferrante has been an individual member of ECCO since 2008 and has contributed to several ECCO Activities and Initiatives. He was one of the Y-ECCO Founders and Y-ECCO Chairs. His career in ECCO continued in 2015 with a position on ClinCom, and he subsequently became chair of this committee in 2017. 

 

Posted in SciCom, ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, Committee News

12June2019

Call for Participants: The 11th N-ECCO School

At the 15th Congress of ECCO in Vienna, the N-ECCO Committee will host the educational activity for IBD Nurses, N-ECCO School, for the 11th time. ECCO intends to give nurses, who might be still in training and have an interest in IBD, the possibility to attend an IBD-focused course. The ultimate aim of this programme is to improve nurse education throughout Europe.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, Congress News, ECCO'20, N-ECCO

12June2019

Call for Participants: The 18th IBD Intensive Advanced Course

The 18th ECCO Intensive Advanced Course in IBD for residents, fellows in gastroenterology and junior faculty will take place in Vienna, Austria, on February 12–13, 2020, immediately prior to our next Congress. We are pleased to inform you that the preliminary programme for this course is already available.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, EduCom, ECCO'20, Congress News

12June2019

Call for abstracts for the 15th Congress of ECCO

To submit an abstract for the 15th Congress of ECCO, use our online abstract submission system.

Please also view important information on the submission process and the guidelines for abstract submission.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 14, Issue 2, ECCO'20, Congress News