ECCO Country Member Profiles
12December2017

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Greece

Ioannis Koutroubakis and Giorgos Bamias, ECCO National Representatives, Greece

Greece   Greece

Name of group: Hellenic Group for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (EOMIFNE)
Number of active members: 191
Number of meetings per year: one (1) annual congress
President: Prof. Ioannis Koutroubakis
Secretary: Dr. Nikos Viazis
National Representatives: Prof. Ioannis Koutroubakis and Prof. Georgios Bamias
Joined ECCO in:  2003
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available): 
The incidence of IBD has been estimated in older studies from Epirus and Crete regions.  For UC the incidence was 5.6/8.9 per 100.000 inhabitants and for Crohn’s disease 2.0/3.0 per 100.000 inhabitants, respectively, placing Greece in the group of countries with low to moderate incidence.  A recent ECCO-EpiCOM study including data from Ioannina showed incidence of UC (in the area of Ioannina for the years 2010/2011) 6.0/3.6 per 100.000 inhabitants and for CD 3.5/3.6 per 100.000 inhabitants.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 12, Issue 4, ECCO Country Member Profiles

12December2017

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Switzerland

Pierre Michetti, ECCO National Representative, Switzerland

Switzerland   Switzerland

Name of group: IBDnet (www.ibdnet.chThe IBDnet is a Swiss interest group of medical doctors and scientists specialising in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The aim is the promotion of research and communication on aetiology, diagnosis and therapy in order to improve patient outcomes.

Number of active members: Switzerland has roughly 475 gastroenterologists and hepatologists, 350 of whom are located in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and 125 in the French- and Italian-speaking parts. The IBDnet has 93 members, with a Steering Committee of 17 IBD specialists.

Number of meetings per year:

  • Steering Committee Meetings: 4 per year, 1 General Assembly per year
  • Educational Meetings: One or two major (2- or 3-day meetings, postgraduate course) and eight to ten minor ones (half-day meetings)
  • Expert Meetings: The IBDnet organises one expert meeting per year to develop Swiss expert recommendations.
  • Patient Relations: The IBDnet broadly supports patient events organised by the patient association SMCCV/ASMCC (four to six annually). Most speakers at these patient information events are IBDnet Steering Committee members. Furthermore, in collaboration with the patient association, IBDnet develops and releases patient information guidebooks.

President: Stephan Vavricka
Secretary: Pierre Michetti
National Representatives: Pierre Michetti and Frank Seibold
Joined ECCO in: Switzerland was among the founding countries of ECCO.
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available): IBD incidence is estimated to be 2 cases per 1,000 persons per year.

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 12, Issue 4, ECCO Country Member Profiles

12December2017

ECCO Country Member Profiles: Croatia

Željko Krznarić and Ante Tonkic, ECCO National Representatives, Croatia

Croatia   Croatia

Name of group: IBD Section, Croatian Society of Gastroenterology
Number of active members:  65
Number of meetings per year: 2-3
President: Željko Krznarić
Secretary: Brankica Mijandruŝić-Sinĉić
National Representatives: Zeljko Krznaric and Ante Tonkic
Joined ECCO in: 2001 (Boris Vucelic was one of the founders of ECCO) 
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available): 
     Primorsko-goranska County, Croatia, 2000–2004: UC 4.3/105, CD 7.0/105 
     Zagreb City and Zagreb Area, 2010: UC 3.3/105, CD 3.3/105

Posted in ECCO News, Volume 12, Issue 4, ECCO Country Member Profiles