Name of group: Serbian IBD Association - SIBDA
Number of active members: 230
Number of meetings per year:
Steering Committee meetings: 6 per year, 1 General Assembly per year
Educational meetings: 2 meetings/workshops annually
Patient relations meetings: 1 per year and on demand
President and Secretary:
Aleksandra Sokic Milutinovic, President
Zoran Milenkovic, Secretary
National Representatives: Srdjan Djuranovic and Mirjana Cvetkovic
Joined ECCO in: As an association from 2012; we have had National Representatives since the beginning of ECCO.
Incidence of IBD in the country (if available):
Not available in this moment.
What has changed since your society became an ECCO Country Member?
The IBD community in Serbia is better acknowledged, with an increased number of meetings and memberships. An IBD Register has been created and is continuously updated, and we also have a register of IBD pregnant women and pregnancy outcomes. We have a good and fruitful collaboration with the patient association, UKUKS. In accordance with the ECCO Guidelines, we have national guidelines for diagnostics, therapy, IBD and tuberculosis. Endoscopic reporting is standardised on a national level. Two UC and CD ECCO-EFFCA Patient Guidelines have been translated, printed and distributed to patients.
What are the benefits to you of being an ECCO Country Member?
The membership offers better access to professional and scientific information. It gives young doctors the opportunity to attend the IBD Intensive Advanced Course, as well as the possibility of applying for the ECCO Travel Award.
ECCO is also very supportive of the nurses, helping them to specialise in IBD.
With the UR-CARE Project, all doctors have a unique opportunity to use and be part of a common patient database, which is a valuable tool for exchanging knowledge and contributes to clinical research projects.
Is your society making use of the ECCO Guidelines?
Have you developed links with other countries through your ECCO Country Membership?
Yes, we have developed links with neighbouring countries not only in South-East Europe but also all around Europe.
What are your main areas of research interest?
Novel biological therapies through clinical studies.
Does your centre or country have a common IBD database or bio bank?
Yes, we have a national IBD register.
What are your most prestigious/interesting past and ongoing projects?
What are your aims for the future?
How do you see ECCO helping you to fulfil these aims?
What do you use ECCO for? Network? Congress? How do you use the things/services that ECCO has to offer?
© Mirjana Cvetkovic
© Srdjan Djuranovic